This Day in History: Yellow Fever
This day in history: In 1793, Yellow Fever breaks out in Philadelphia.
Justin Yellow, a fifteen year old pop singer, performed his newest single “Yankee Doodle, Baby” at Liberty Hall, instantly causing all girls between the ages of nine and thirteen to fall into a deep swoon.
The American government, at that time ensconced in Philadelphia, fled the city – but clearly not soon enough, as this line in George Washington’s State of the Union address shows:
If I was your president, I’d never let you go;
I can take you places you ain’t never been before.
Then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson was quoted as saying this about the epidemic:
I haven’t been this scared for public health since the Mmmbop Pestilence of 1787.
Of course, to be fair, Jefferson himself was involved in a similar breakout in his youth, when his sister, Marcia Jefferson, invited singer/pirate John Paul “Davy” Jones to play the lute at their high school prom.
History, it seems, repeats itself.