On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and JP Richardson (aka The Big Bopper) died in a plane crash. Don McLean immortalized that day as “The Day The Music Died” in his 1971 hit, “American Pie”.
It’s somewhat ironic that on February 3, 2010 the last five /8s from the IANA IPv4 pool have been distributed to the RIRs.
102/8 AfriNIC 2011-02 whois.afrinic.net ALLOCATED 103/8 APNIC 2011-02 whois.apnic.net ALLOCATED 104/8 ARIN 2011-02 whois.arin.net ALLOCATED 179/8 LACNIC 2011-02 whois.lacnic.net ALLOCATED 185/8 RIPE NCC 2011-02 whois.ripe.net ALLOCATED
During a RIPE55 meeting surrounding IPv4 exhaustion, this rephrased version of that 1971 hit was played: