Thursday, March 4, 2010

It looks like a class reunion

A very funny video from Funny or Die featuring many former SNL cast members.

Grow a pair and pass this bill

I say it every year but today is my favorite day - March 4th - the day that tells you to do something.

March 4, 1950 -
One of the classics from the Golden Age of Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel, was released on this date.

By all means, please, stop eating or drinking while watching this cartoon, you may injury yourself. Also looking for the rising price of kreplach.

March 4, 1961 -
Michelangelo Antonioni's landmark of European cinema, L'avventura, premiered in the US on this date.

At its premiere at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, this was booed so much to the extent that Michelangelo Antonioni and Monica Vitti fled the theater. However, after the second screening there was a complete turn around in how it was perceived and it was awarded the Special Jury Prize

Today in History -
March 4, 1837 -
The "Windy City", "Chi-Town", "Second City," and the "City of Broad Shoulders" - Chicago becomes incorporated as a city.

10,000 extra votes from various local cemeteries were counted that day alone. Remember, vote early, vote often.

March 4, 1861 -
The first official flag of the Confederate States of America, called the Stars and Bars, having seven stars, for the seven states that initially formed the Confederacy, is formally adopted as the flag of the Confederate States of America.

This flag was sometimes difficult to distinguish from the Union flag under battle conditions, so the flag was changed to the Stainless Banner. The union of the Stainless Banner, known as the Southern Cross, became the one more commonly used in military operations. The Southern Cross had 13 stars, adding the four states that joined the Confederacy after Fort Sumter, and the two divided states of Kentucky and Missouri.

While, the Southern states were adopting their banner, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States on this date as well.

So now you know.

March 4, 1884 -
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson begin their work on the case in A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes story, on this date (or maybe it didn't. I'm not going to join the massive debate the Holmesians get involved in with the accuracy of this date.)

...There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.....

March 4, 1952 -
Ronald Reagan marries his 'mommy' Nancy Davis, in the San Fernando Valley, on this date.

March 4, 1960 -
Lucille Ball files divorce from Desi Arnaz on this date.

Waaaa, Ricky I don't want to be married anymore to you, you lousy two bit band leader.

March 4, 1966 -
John Lennon claims that The Beatles are "more popular than Jesus", and that "Christianity will... vanish and shrink".

I guess he was wrong about that.

March 4, 1974 -
The first issue of People Magazine featuring actress Mia Farrow, starring in the movie The Great Gatsby, was released on this date.

The duration of your stay in the bathroom has never been the same.

March 4, 1994 -
Comedian John Candy died on this date.

Stuffed cabbage and hot coffee for everybody!!!

And so it goes

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