This one goes out to Governor Paterson:
I hope David Johnson will, at least, help him pack.
February 26, 1908 –
Frederick Bean (Tex) Avery, animator, cartoonist, and another member of the legendary Termite Terrace was born on this date.
His work proved that, 'In a cartoon you can do anything...'
February 26, 1916 –
John Herbert Gleason, (The Great One) comedian, actor and musician was born on this day.
That's a good cup of coffee
February 26, 1988 -
John Water's great, albeit more mainstream feature (Water's first PG-rated film), Hairspray, opened on this date.
Ricki Lake began rapidly losing weight due to the intense dance lessons she had to take for the film. She reportedly had to "eat like crazy" in order to stay plump.
February 26, 1994 -
Bill Hicks, writer and comedian, died of pancreatic cancer on this date. In the years after his death, Hicks' work has achieved significant admiration and acclaim.
A film about Hicks' life and career, rumored to be directed by Ron Howard, is said to be in pre-production.
Today in History:
February 26, 1815 -
Able was I ere I saw Elba.
Napoleon leaves his exile on the Island of Elba, intending to return to France.
On this date in 1936, Some junior officers in the Japanese Army mistook Japan for a foreign country and tried to conquered it. This disrupted the Japanese automotive industry, giving Adolf Hitler the opportunity to preside over the official opening of the first Volkswagen factory.
(The good people at Volkswagen seem to overlook this anniversary every year.)
February 26, 1918 -
Grandstands at the Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse and burn, killing 604 spectators. It is the worst disaster in sports history.
Even though mad dogs and Englishmen may go out in the midday sun - they apparently will not leave a burning stadium.
February 26, 1974 -
A U.S. Senate report reveals Ford Motor's involvement in Nazi Germany's war efforts, for which CEO Henry Ford received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Adolf Hitler himself. After the war, the car company was paid nearly $1M reparation by the U.S. government to compensate for one of its plants that was bombed within the Reich.
And some people worry about buying a BMW.
February 26, 1993 -
A bomb explodes on level B2 of the World Trade Center, creating a five story crater and leaving six dead and over 1,042 injured.
Mohammed A. Salameh is later arrested in connection with the bombing as he tries to claim a refund on a rented van believed to have carried the explosion.
Genius, sheer genius.
And so it goes.