December 5, 1968 -
Margaret Cho, comic and actress was born on this date.
Whatever you do, don't offer to loan her a wok when you meet her.
It's the Fifth Day of Hanukkah. Please drink more water and have some fiber.
Hanukka O Hanukkah Kenny Ellis -
What Do You Do with a Menorah?
Yes, now Hanukkah can be ruined by these rodents.
December 5, 1932 -
Rev. Richard Wayne Penniman, (Little Richard) singer, songwriter, pianist and one of the seminal influences in Rock and Roll first graced this earth.
To get the true healing powers, strip down to your underwear, touch the screen and dance with wild abandon.
December 5, 1940 -
The beautiful Technicolor fairy tale, The Thief of Bagdad, opened in NYC on this date.
Producer Alexander Korda was so demanding that he went through six directors during the production of this film, (Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, and Tim Whelan, with uncredited contributions by Alexander Korda, his brother Zoltan and William Cameron Menzies.)
December 5, 1974 -
The last episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus was shown on BBC on this date.
Terry Gilliam had reportedly said that this was his favorite episode.
Today in History :
December 5, 1484 -
Pope Innocent VIII released a papal bull to combat the spread of witchcraft and heresy in Germany, on this date, leading to one of the severest witch hunts in European history.
The bull was, alas, less interested in fighting these affronts to civilization than in finding romantically-inclined heifers and was subsequently relieved of his duties.
Witchcraft and heresy therefore flourished (over the next three centuries 200,000 accused witches die under most unpleasant circumstances) and eventually caused Protestants.
December 5, 1906 -
Otto Ludwig Preminger, Austrian-born film director, whose films included Laura, The Man with the Golden Arm, Anatomy of a Murder and Advise and Consent, was born on this date.
... All right then, gentlemen, we are all friends again. And with Christmas coming on I have a special treat for you. I'll have you all deloused for the holidays and I'll have a little Christmas tree for every barrack. You will like that....
December 5, 1926 -
Sergei Eisenstein's The Battleship Potemkin premiered on this date.
It dramatises the uprising on the Battleship Potemkin that occurred in 1905 when the crew of a Russian battleship rebelled against their oppressive officers of the Tsarist regime.
The film is widely regarded as one of the most influential films of all time.
December 5, 1933 -
Fourteen years of prohibition end when Utah ratifies the 21st amendment. One has to wonder if the delay in the states' ratification had anything to due with the fruits of poligamy.
Let the good times roll.
20 more shopping days until Christmas.
PS: I completely forgot to note that November 27 was the Feast of St. Josephat,
who turns out to be Buddha (yeah Siddhārtha Gautama .)
The things that slip my mind.
And so it goes.