Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Barry

Do you think if Beyonce sang to the President today for his birthday, Lou Dobbs would stroke out and this would just about end the 'Birthers' movement?

It's still a little strange for me to be older than the President.

August 4, 1901 -
Louis Armstrong alway stated that his birthday was on the Fourth of July, a date that has been noted in many biographies.

During the 1980's, it determined that Louis Armstrong's birthday is August 4, 1901. Discovered in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in New Orleans, a baptismal certificate was found that showed his actually birth date is August 4th, 1901.

Happy Saint Sithney Day. St. Sithney is the patron saint of mad dogs.

A Breton folk story, states that God asked Sithney to be the patron saint of girls seeking husbands, but Sithney said he would rather be the patron saint of mad dogs and get some rest.

Make of this what you wish.

Today in History:
August 4 1693 -
Oh, great day in the morning (this day should be a great religious and national holiday), Blind Benedictine Dom Perignon invents champagne.

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He has been quoted as saying, ""Come quickly, brothers, I'm drinking stars!" upon tasting his accidental brew

August 4 1792 -

Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on this date. He died in a tragic boating accident before the age of 30, but he gave us many masterpieces, including "The Cloud," "To a Skylark," and "Prometheus Unbound."

The fish eaten bodies were washed ashore at Viareggio, where, in the presence of his friend Lord Byron, he was burned on the beach - his heart was given to his wife, Mary Shelley, who carried it with her in a silken shroud everywhere she went for the rest of her life.

All I can say is that I'm glad it was just his heart.

August 4 1892 -
Someone took an axe and kills Lizzie Borden's millionaire parents. Andrew receives 10 whacks, and Abby 14.

Lizzie is later tried for the murders, but acquitted.

August 4 1954 -
Magnificent Obsession, the first in a string of Technicolor feasts directed by Douglas Sirk, was released on this date.

Forget the silly plot, this film was Rock Hudson's breakthrough film and Sirk began to realize his masterful visual language skills

August 4 1964 -
Vietcong torpedo boats launch an unprovoked attack against the U.S.S. Maddox, while the destroyer is patrolling the Gulf of Tonkin. Except that it's only a hoax.

Regardless, the Congress responds by passing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing President Johnson "to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression."

And so it goes.

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