Friday, March 4, 2011

I'm as happy as a little girl

Today is my favorite day - March 4th - the day that tells you to do something.

The Youth of America have a question for Mr. Huckabee -

Thank you for pointing out that Natalie Portman forgot to be appropriately shamefaced when she appeared in front of one billion people, swollen with her bastard child, to accept her Academy Award.

Can you point out when you took the Palin family to task for allowing their slattern Bristol's appearance in public?

March 4, 1849 -
This is a US secret you probably don't know - this is the day America had no President.

Pres. James K. Polk (whose cause of death was officially listed as "diarrhea") officially stepped down as the 11th US president and President Zachary Taylor (who died in office after eating cherries and milk at a July 4 celebration) refused to be sworn-in on a Sunday.

US Sen. Some say David Rice Atchison (1807-1886) of Missouri then technically held office as president until Zachary Taylor took his oath the next day. However Atchison’s term as president pro tempore of the Senate had also expired, and his new term did not begin until March 5. For the rest of his life, Atchison enjoyed polishing this story, describing his "presidency" as "the honestest administration this country ever had."

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 a secret report from the UN confirms that the rising price of kreplachs caused all of the unrest.

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.

Just think - everybody' s doing the mambo in heaven with Desi Arnaz and Mr. Mambo leading the band.!!!

And so it goes

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