Thursday, July 9, 2009
There are just not enough hand puppets on TV
One again, Craig Ferguson is a good watch if you happen to be up late at night.
Here's your Today in History:
On the Fourth of July in 1850, President Zachary Taylor snacked on cherries and milk while attending a ceremony at the Washington Monument. It was a hot day, and the heat made him sick.
He got sicker and sicker and died on July 9.
He remains the only U.S. president to have died from indigestion (with the posible exception of Warren G Harding, who may or may not have been poisoned by his wife - which could be considered death by extreme indigestion - but that's another story.)
His last words were, "I regret nothing, but I am sorry to leave my friends."
I find it hard to believe he didn't regret eating the cherries-and-milk that caused his fatal indigestion, but I'm not going to quibble with a man's dying words.
July 9, 1952 -
Musical genius and all-around renaissance man John Tesh is born in Garden City, New York.
July 9, 1956 -
America's favorite actor, Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born on this date.
July 9, 1964 -
Courtney Michelle Love rock musician and actress, was born on this date.
Let's hope she makes it to her next one.
July 9, 1982 -
Michael Fagan, dressed in jeans and a dirty t-shirt, and bleeding from a fresh cut on his hand, walks into the private bedroom of Queen Elizabeth II while she is asleep and her personal guard out walking her dogs. Fagan had scaled the wall surrounding Buckingham Palace and gained entry without triggering any alarms. The two carry on a 12-minute conversation, while the intruder holds a jagged broken ashtray, before somebody finally apprehends him.
Who knew that Queen could carry on a 12 minute conversation with one of her subjects?
And so it goes.