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The Bronx Picks the Absolute Worst Time to Have an ‘Anthrax Day’


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On September 14th, heavy metal's Big Four -- Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax -- will invade Yankee Stadium for one night only, despite the protests of local businesses. To celebrate the occasion, the Bronx has decided to honor Anthrax, the most New York-centric of the four bands, by designating September 14th as "Anthrax Day" in the borough. Milwaukee had their Bon Iver Day, Oklahoma City had Flaming Lips Day, and so it doesn't seem like a big deal, right? But then you take into account that Anthrax Day comes four days before the 10th anniversary of the first of those actual anthrax attacks that had the country scrambling for rubber gloves and surgical masks. On second thought, it's probably not the best time to schedule an Anthrax Day.

"The Bronx may be known as the home of hip-hop and salsa, but make no mistake, our musical contributions are much more expansive," Bronx Borough President Rueben Diaz Jr. said in a statement (via Metal Insider). These heavy metal legends grew up right here in our borough, and I am proud to welcome Anthrax back to their Bronx home."

Five people died and 17 more infected from the anthrax spores that were placed in envelopes and sent to news organizations and politicians from September 18, 2001 to October 19th of that year. With that in mind, expect Diaz's statement concerning the cancellation of Anthrax Day to arrive any moment now.

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