Thursday, May 27, 2010

National Grape Popsicle Day

The Popsicle was first made (But not patented) in 1905 by Frank Epperson, who was only 11 years old at that time.

So we celebrate not just any popsicle today but the greatest flavor of them all - Grape.

Today in History
May 27, 1923 -
Henry Kissinger is born in Fuerth, Germany.

50 years later, (War Criminal - according to your political beliefs) Dr. Kissinger receives the Nobel Peace Prize for quitting the Vietnam War. No kidding. (Henry also proves that outliving your enemies is the best revenge.)

May 27, 1930 -
Howard Hughes' multi-million dollar war drama, Hell's Angels, premiered in Los Angeles, on this date

At the time, this was the most expensive movie ever made.

May 27, 1933 -
Walt Disney classic take on The Three Little Pigs, premiered on this date.

The natural commercial tie-in with Parks Link sausages isn't such a big hit though.

May 27, 1942 -
A couple of Czech assassins ambush the car carrying Reinhard Heydrich and toss a grenade into the front seat.

The man who headed the Wannsee Conference is mortally wounded in the attack, and dies of septicemia a week later. The Nazis retaliate by obliterating the Catholic village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia and its inhabitants.

May 27, 1944 -
Another Friz Freleng Daffy Duck/ Porky Pig outing, Duck Soup to Nuts, was released on this date.

I'm not just your ordinary, meat-on-the-table duck. I'm gifted. I'm just slopping over with talent.

May 27, 1964 -
From Russia with Love, the second spy film in the James Bond series, was released in the US on this date.

President John F. Kennedy had named Ian Fleming's novel From Russia with Love among his ten favorite books of all time in a Life magazine article. In a bizarre coincidence, according to the book Death of a President by William Raymond Manchester, this was the last motion picture John F. Kennedy ever saw, on November 20, 1963, in the White House.

May 27, 1977 -
After the pressing plant initially refuses to duplicate the record and the printer refuses to make the covers, Virgin finally releases God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols in time for the monarch's Jubilee celebration.

33 years later, she's still there.

May 27, 1993 -
Five are killed and 37 wounded when a Fiat Fiorino explodes outside the Uffizi museum in Florence, Italy.

The car bomb (a combination of PETN, T4, and TNT, kids does try to make this at home) also manages to obliterate three priceless artworks and substantially damage thirty more. The bombing appears to have been the work of the Sicilian Mafia.

May 27, 1995-
During the third jump of an equestrian event in Charlottesville, Virginia, Christopher Reeve is thrown headfirst over his horse.

Reeve breaks his neck in two places, instantly rendering him a quadriplegic, unable to move or breathe without assistance.

Today's birthday include:
Hubert Humphrey (1911),

Vincent Price (1911),

Siouxsie Sioux (1957),

Neil Finn (1958),

And so it goes.

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