Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Am I dying or is this my birthday?

50 Famous Last Quotes

Hopefully you all have a few years to compose your own.

August 3, 1926 -
Anthony Dominick Benedetto, last of the great saloon singers was born on this date.

Mr. Bennett said that he has no intention of retiring, saying "If you study the masters – Picasso, Jack Benny, Fred Astaire – right up to the day they died, they were performing. If you are creative, you get busier as you get older."

August 3, 1929 -
Four famous vaudevillian performers made the transition to the new medium of 'talking pictures' with release, on this date, of the film The Cocoanuts, starring the Four Marx Brothers -- Chico, Groucho, Harpo, and Zeppo.

According to Marx Bros. biographer Joe Adamson, the Marxes were so appalled by this film version of their hit Broadway show that they offered to buy the negative from Paramount so that they could burn it.

August 3, 1941 -
Martha Kostyra, business magnate, television host, author, magazine publisher and ex-con was born on this date.

Remember folks, she can do it all - create a beautiful floral arrangement or make a jail house shiv from a plastic spoon.

August 3, 1963 -
Allan Sherman released Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (A Letter from Camp), in the US on this date

The song won a 1964 Grammy Award for comedy.

Today in History:
August 3, 1492 -
Christopher Columbus famously set out to cross the ocean blue in a fleet of three ships: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula.

August 3, 1943 -
Gen Patton slaps shell-shocked private Charles Kuhl, in the hospital accusing him of cowardice.

The incident nearly ended Patton's career; he was ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second, similar episode. It seemed to help Francis Ford Coppola's career.

August 3, 1963 -
Almost a year after the world barely averted World War III during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Hotline between the Pentagon and the Kremlin goes live.

The system consists of two teletype machines, with a full-time communications link routed through London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki.

August 3, 1966 -
Comedian and social critic Lenny Bruce dies of a morphine overdose in his Hollywood Hills home, two years after his original obituary was published in The Realist.

At the time of his death, Bruce was being maliciously harassed by police and districts attorney in various states for his groundbreaking standup performances, causing great difficulty in finding venues at which to perform.

August 3, 1996 -
An angry God makes Macarena by Los Del Rio #1 on the pop charts.

The accompanying dancing disease afflicts millions before final eradication.

And so it goes.


zoe said...

haha--i've always loved the last words of wilde, but the titular ones are awesome...
as for dancing disease...that reminded me...
did you hear of the dancing plague of 1518? i don't think i can put a link here, but wikipedia has entry...

Kevin said...

I didn't know about the one in 1518. I've made mention of one in 1374:


Oh that wacky ergot poisoning!

maryfc said...

Is this anything like the humming disease -- you know, you hear two measures of a great song in muzak format and then hum it for thwo days straight....I have that. It's incurable.