Saturday, October 3, 2009
C Montgomery Burns for Mayor
Want to see Staten Island sold to Jersey? A new nuclear power plant in Williamsburg? A "Final Solution" to the hipster infestation?
This is change we can believe in.
If you have to vote for a bachelor Billionaire, at least vote for the one over 104 years old and who possible ate the last dodo bird.
October 3, 1941 -
John Huston's first directorial effort, The Maltese Falcon, premiered in NYC on this date.
Dashell Hammitt's novel had already been filmed twice before but the third time seems to have been the charm.
October 3, 1953 -
The final installment of the "Hunting Trilogy", Duck! Rabbit, Duck!, premiered on this date.
It's fiddler crab season!
Today in History:
October 3, 1283 -
Dafydd ap Gruffudd was having a bad day. Besides having an unpronounceable name, he had gotten on the wrong side of King Edward I of England, for wanting to gain Welsh independence. On 30 September Dafydd ap Gruffudd, Prince of Wales, was condemned to death, the first person known to have been tried and executed for what from this time onwards would be described as high treason against the King. Edward ensured that Dafydd's death was to be slow and agonizing, and also historic; he became the first person in recorded history to have been hanged, drawn and quartered.
Dafydd was dragged through the streets of Shrewsbury at a horse's tail then hanged alive, revived, then disemboweled and his entrails burned before him for 'his sacrilege in committing his crimes in the week of Christ's passion,' and then his body cut into four quarters 'for plotting the king's death'.
Apparently, Edward was quite pissed off.
October 3, 1899 -
Lonely bachelors and housewives everywhere rejoiced,
the motor-driven vacuum cleaner was patented.
October 3, 1955 -
Hey kids, remember Captain Kangaroo. Well he premiered on this date.
And no, Frank Zappa was not Mr. Green Jeans son.
October 3, 1955 -
If today wasn't special enough, The Mickey Mouse Club also premiered on this date. And just think of all the special people this program has brought the world.
October 3, 1960 -
Let grab down our fishin' poles and head down to the fishin' hole.
The Andy Griffith show premiered on this date.
October 3, 1961 -
The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on this date. The show wasn't an immediate success but became a hit.
This was one of the first shows revolving around the goings-on at a TV series.
On October 3, 1990, East and West Germany were officially reunited. The reunification of this once great nation was recognized as a clear sign that the Cold War was coming to an end, and was therefore celebrated not only in Germany, but throughout the world
- excepting certain corridors of France, Poland, and the Czech Republic, where the exuberance was strangely muted.
On October 3, 1992, Sinead O'Connor was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. At the end of her a capella performance of the Bob Marley song War, Sinead produced a copy of a photograph of Pope John Paul II, which she ripped into pieces.
She was attempting to boost her standing with other bald headed, pope hating Irish singers.
And so it goes.