Sunday, August 30, 2009

In appreciation of Ellie Greenwich

With so much going on I didn't get a chance to mention the passing of Ellie Greenwich. Eleanor Louise Greenwich, along with Jeff Barry (her then husband) and Phil Spector (Wacko, then and now), tunesters from the famed Brill Building, created a series of teen pop classics in the 60's.

" Today I met the boy that I'm going to marry..."

Today in History:
On August 30, in the year 30 BC, Egypt's Queen Cleopatra clutched a snake to her breast and died. History has judged this a suicide, but there is room for doubt: she had previously clutched Julius Caesar and Marc Antony to her breast without dying, and may have therefore considered herself immunized.

Dilligent readers will realize that this is the second time that I have mentioned the death of Cleopatra - the dates came from different sources.

Hey, it's not like the Eyewitness News van was roaming around ancient Egypt back then.

August 30, 1780 -
General "Eggs" Benedict Arnold secretly promised to surrender the West Point fort to the British army during the American Revolution. The measure of Arnold's treachery was made worse by the fact that he was considered by many to be the best general and most accomplished leader in the Continental Army.

In fact, without Arnold's earlier contributions to the American cause, the American Revolution might well have been lost; notwithstanding, his name, like those of several other prominent traitors throughout history, has become a byword for treason and a brunch staple.

August 30, 1859 -
At the University of Göttingen, PhD candidate Albert Niemann isolates the alkaloid C17H21NO4 from leaves of the plant Erythroxylum coca.

Niemann names his white, powdery discovery "cocaine" and observes firsthand its peculiarly strong anesthetic effect: "it benumbs the nerves of the tongue, depriving it of feeling and taste."

Oh, that's what cocaine does. Now I know

August 30, 1930 -
Warren Edward Buffett often called the "Sage of Omaha", "Oracle of Omaha", or " Omaha Steak", American investor, businessperson and philanthropist is born on this date. Buffett has amassed an enormous fortune from astute investments managed through the holding company Berkshire Hathaway, of which he is the largest shareholder and CEO.

With an estimated current net worth of around $37 billion, he was ranked by Forbes as the second-richest person in the world as of February 2009, between Bill Gates and Mexican businessman Carlos Slim HelĂș.

I, on the other hand, did not make a blip on the list.

August 30, 1993 -
On CBS-TV "The Late Show with David Letterman" premiered.

Dave appears still to be going strong.

And so it goes.

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