Sunday, July 26, 2009

Happy Parents Day

Held on the fourth Sunday of every July, Parents Day was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into law for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children."

So kids, give your folks a little less grief today.

July 26, 1943 -
Michael Philip Jagger, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, occasional film producer and actor, was born on this date.

Remind yourself - he has 4 grandkids. Can your granddad shake his moneymaker like Mick?

Winsor McCay, an American cartoonist and animator, died on this date in 1934. A prolific artist, McCay's pioneering early animated films far outshone the work of his contemporaries, and set a standard followed by Walt Disney and others in later decades.

His two best-known creations are the newspaper comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, which ran from 1905 to 1914, and the animated cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur, which he created in 1914.

Here's your Today in History:

July 26 1826 -
Schoolmaster Cayetano Ripoll is hanged in Valencia, after uttering his last words: "I die reconciled to God and to man." He is the last person executed by the Spanish Inquisition.

Gee, I guess at that point everybody should have expected the Spanish Inquisition.

July 26 1947 -
The National Security Council is created.

And no, Donald Rumsfeld is not in the background of this picture.

July 26 1984 -
Serial killer, cannibal and flesh suit wearer Ed Gein dies at the Mendota Mental Health Institute, a home for the criminally insane.

Gein inspired the films Psycho and Silence of the Lambs. I wonder if he got any of the royalties.

July 26 1991 -
Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) is arrested in Florida, for exposing himself at the South Trail XXX Cinema.

Following the incident, Reubens loses his children's television show and product endorsements.

And so it goes.

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