Tuesday, June 22, 2010

National Chocolate Eclair Day

While the eclair is a delicious dessert, it's charms escape me.

Maybe it's the fake vanilla pudding most bakeries use rather than bavaran cream.

June 22, 1949 -
Possibly, the most talented actress of her generation, Mary Louise Streep,was born on this date.

Streep has received 16 Academy Award nominations and 25 Golden Globe nominations (winning seven), more than any other person in film history. Her work has also earned her two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, four New York Film Critics Circle Awards, five Grammy Award nominations, a BAFTA award, and a Tony Award nomination.

Imagine if she really applied herself to her craft.

June 22, 1946 -
Another of the classic 40's Daffy Duck cartoons, Hollywood Daffy, was released on this date.

...What's Errol Flynn got that you haven't got? Don't answer that!

June 22, 1961 -
A Great old-fashion thriller, The Guns of Navarone, was released on this date.

Because the stars were all too old for their characters, the movie was nicknamed "Elderly Gang Goes Off to War" by the British press.

June 22, 1966 -
Mike Nichol's first film, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, opened on this date.

The only Best Picture Academy Award nominee to be nominated for every award category in which it was eligible.

Today in History -
June 22, 1633 -
The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his scientific view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe:

"I abjure with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith these errors and heresies, and I curse and detest them as well as any other error, heresy or sect contrary to the Holy Catholic Church."

June 22, 1906 -
Billy Wilder was born on this date. Not surprisingly, Mr. Wilder would go on to produce Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, all of whom frolicked giddily on the beach in bikinis. Mr. Wilder, you see, was comfortable in his season.

Not like some people. Some people had to force it. Some people had to prove something. Some people were like Brian Wilson, who was born the day before summer (June 20) in 1942, and subsequently became a "Beach Boy" and produced an album called Endless Summer.

June 22, 1933 -
German chancellor Adolf Hitler banned every political party except his own Evil Nazi Bastards from winning elections.

The Evil Nazi Bastards swept the next elections, demonstrating the public's strong support for this measure.

June 22, 1940 -
France surrenders; hilarity ensues.

Adolf Hitler forces the instrument of surrender to be signed in the very railcar in which the French inflicted the humiliating World War I Treaty of Versailles upon the Germans.

June 22, 1941-
The German Army invades Russia, quickly destroying five Russian armies and one fourth of the Red air force. At completion of the war in 1945, nearly 27 million Soviets were dead.

Thus ended the German- Soviet "Peace and Friendship" Treaty.

June 22, 1969 -
The patron saint of bachelors of a certain age, Judy Garland dies of a barbiturate overdose in her London apartment, either by accident or suicide.

Folks, she did not do a header into the toilet and drowned.

June 22, 1993 -
Thelma Catherine "Pat" Ryan Nixon died on this date.

The patron saint of long suffering political wives and good Republican cloth coats. "Even when people can't speak your language, they can tell if you have love in your heart."

And so it goes.

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