Monday, October 26, 2009

The songs that get stuck in your head

For some reason, this song on serious repeat mode in my head and we were in a car with my kids when we heard it on the radio.

The kids, happily singing it at the top of their lungs, got it out of my head but now I hear them singing it. Well, it better than nothing.

October 26, 1959 -
A gentle and yet still relevant Cold War comedy, The Mouse the Roared, opened in the US on this date.

This is one of the first films Peter Sellers was billed as the star of the feature.

October 26, 1962 -
On par with 'The Thrilla in Manilla", the classic Crawford - Davis paring, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? opened in NYC on this date. The internal tension of this movie is incredible - part horror film (on par with 'Psycho') and huge camp classic. You literally can watch this movie on different occasions and have completely different experiences.

Ok, now all together, "You wouldn't be able to do these awful things to me if I weren't still in this chair." Wait for it, "But you *are*, Blanche! You *are* in that chair! "

Today's word:
Snobographer: noun, one who describes or writes about snobs. The editors scrapped the society page because it was full of pretentious snobographers.

Today in History:
In 1825, New York City becomes a World Port with the opening of the Erie Canal, between Hudson River and Lake Erie opened.

Proof positive that Bruce watched ZOOM (If you're old enough, you'll get it.) I wonder if U2 ever sang, 'The cat came back."

October 26, 1944 -
Freemason and Vice President Harry S Truman publicly denies (yet again) ever having been a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Unfortunately for him, while never an active member, he did pay the $10 membership dues in 1922 in order to get backing for a judgeship he was seeking back in Missouri.


October 26, 1965 -
Queen Elizabeth decorates Beatles with Order of British Empire.

The Beatles, ever polite, allowed Her Majesty to add Chintz curtains and leather sofas in their living rooms.

October 26, 1970 -
"Doonesbury," the comic strip by Gary Trudeau, premiered in 28 newspapers across the U.S.

The strip is still going strong. Who knew (who reads newspapers anymore ; )

October 26, 1979 -
Kim Jae Kyu, director of South Korea's central intelligence agency, "accidentally" shoots President Park Chung Hee to death, also killing Park's bodyguard. Park had been president (dictator, effectively) since 1961. Kim is executed the following May for his attempted coup d'etat.


A few years ago at the New York Film Festival, the film, The President's Last Bang, recounts the events.

October 26, 1984 -
19-year-old John McCollum shoots and killed himself while listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. One year later, McCollum's parents file suit against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song "Suicide Solution" from the album Blizzard of Ozz contributed to their son's death.

Except that the song's subject was quite plainly alcohol addiction. The trial court dismissed the McCollum's complaint.


October 26, 1991 -
A sudden wind uprooted a 485-pound umbrella, part of an outdoor 'art project' installed by Christo, in the Tejon Pass north of Los Angeles and struck Lori Keevil-Matthews, 33 years old, of Camarillo, Calif., crushing her to death against a boulder.


And so it goes.

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