Monday, August 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Tony

August 3, 1926 -
Anthony Dominick Benedetto, last of the great saloon singers was born on this date.

Mr. Bennett said that he has no intention of retiring, saying "If you study the masters – Picasso, Jack Benny, Fred Astaire – right up to the day they died, they were performing. If you are creative, you get busier as you get older."

August 3, 1941 -
Martha Stewart, business magnate, television host, author, magazine publisher and ex-con was on this date.

Remember folks, she can do it all - create a beautiful floral arrangement or make a jail house shiv from a plastic spoon.

Today in History:
August 3, 1492 -

Christopher Columbus famously set out to cross the ocean blue in a fleet of three ships: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula.

August 3, 1943 -
Gen Patton slaps a US GI in the hospital accusing him of cowardice.

The incident nearly ended Patton's career. But it seemed to help Coppola's

August 3 1963 -
Almost a year after the world barely averted World War III during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Hotline between the Pentagon and the Kremlin goes live.

The system consists of two teletype machines, with a full-time communications link routed through London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki.

August 3 1966 -
Comedian and social critic Lenny Bruce dies of a morphine overdose in his Hollywood Hills home, two years after his original obituary was published in The Realist.

At the time of his death, Bruce was being maliciously harassed by police and districts attorney in various states for his groundbreaking standup performances, causing great difficulty in finding venues at which to perform.

August 3 1996 -
An angry God makes "Macarena" by Los Del Rio #1 on the pop charts.

The accompanying dancing disease afflicts millions before final eradication.

And so it goes.

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