Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Dude Abides

March 6, 1998 -
The Coen's Bros. off-kilter take on a Raymond Chandler detective story, The Big Lebowski, opened on this date.

The Dude never actual seen bowling in the movie. (Jeff should be a lock on the Oscar tomorrow.)

It's Dentists' Day today

Dr. John Greenwood, George Washington's personal dentist, constructed the first 'dental foot engine' 0n this date in 1790.

He adapts his mother’s foot treadle spinning wheel to rotate a drill

Today in History -
Michelangelo Buonarotti was born on this date in 1475. He painted and sculpted so much that people finally decided it was time to stop procrastinating and have the Renaissance.

So they did.

On March 6, 1619, Cyrano de Bergerac was born. Mr. de Bergerac was a brilliant French satirist and playwright, a rapier wit, and, from all contemporary accounts, an accomplished musician, an enthralling conversationalist, and a charming ladies' man.

He is best known for his nose.

March 6, 1836 -
Davey, Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. The Alamo was seized by Santa Ana - 3,000 versus 147, it wasn't much of a fair fight. The holdouts suffered unnecessary deaths, disobeying direct orders by remaining, and losing their arms and cannon to the Mexicans. Davy, Pioneer, Patriot, Soldier, Trapper, Explorer, State Legislator, Congressman was one of the last holdouts to die on this day.

Remember the Alamo

March 6, 1965 -
Remember, you're defending this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did!

Margaret Dumont, Groucho's favorite comic foil, died on this date.

Although Groucho used to tell people that Dumont rarely understood the humor of their scenes together and would ask him, Why are they laughing, Julie? - Groucho had a deep affection and respect for her, privately calling her practically the fifth Marx brother.

March 6, 1970 -
In NYC’s Greenwich Village, a townhouse at West 11th St. exploded. SDS Weathermen members Diana Oughton, Ted Gold and Terry Robbins were killed at the site where a bomb was being manufactured.

Other members went underground and became known as the Weather Underground.

March 6, 1981 -
After 19 years presenting the CBS Evening News, Uncle Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America, signs off for the last time.

Cousin Jon Stewart, has now taken on the mantel.

And so it goes.

1 comment:

zoe said...

the dude! a great day in history...
bridges should have gotten his oscar for that role!