Wednesday, April 6, 2011

And they're still fresh

April 6, 1930 -
Hostess Twinkies were invented by bakery executive James Dewar.

If you look hard enough you still might find some from the original batch on store shelves.

April 6, 1936 -
Flash Gordon, a film serial which tells the story of three people from Earth who travel to the planet Mongo to fight the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless, premieres on this date.

Flash Gordon, kids, they don't make them like this anymore.

April 6, 1946 -
Another in the series of Daffy/ Porky cartoons, Daffy Doodles, premiered on this date.

This cartoon is the first full-length cartoon that animator Robert McKimson directed.

Today in History -
April 6, 1327 -
Francesco Petrarch, former priest and foot fetisher, met Laura de Sade (the wife of Count Hugues de Sade, an ancestor of the Marquis de Sade) in a church at Avignon, and was inspired for the rest of his life. He wrote his finest poems about her beauty and loveliness.

This event has been taken to mark the beginning of the Renaissance.

Now you know.

April 6, 1570 -
Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael) was an Italian master painter and architect of the Florentine school in High Renaissance, celebrated for the perfection and grace of his paintings. To celebrate his upcoming 37th birthday, Raphael got together with his girlfriend, Margherita and made hot monkey love. As is often the case, too much of a good thing can kill you.

So on Good Friday, April 6, 1570, attempted to get out of bed after a night of excessive sex, Raphael fell into a fever. And not telling his doctors that this was its cause, given it was Good Friday, was given the wrong cure, which killed him.

April 6, 1868 -
To celebrate the 38th anniversary of the founding of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Joseph Smith Jr. and the 8th anniversary of the the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by Joseph Smith III (Joe Jr.'s son), Mormon prophet Brigham Young marries 23-year-old Ann Eliza Webb.

This is Young's 27th wife, 18 of which are still married to him.

All I can say is - it's hard enough to keep one woman moderately happy - imagine the amount of energy it takes to keep 18 women amused.

April 6, 1971 -
Rolling Stone Records was created to promote the hits of The Rolling Stones. The famous Stones trademark, the lips logo, became widely used.

"Brown Sugar" was the first hit by the Rolling Stones on the new label, followed by "Wild Horses" and "Tumbling Dice".

April 6, 1896 -
The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece starting on this date. These games were the first modern Olympic Games and the first Games since Roman emperor Theodosius I banned the Ancient Olympic Games in 393.

They were held between Monday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 15, 1896. Europeans were so enthusiastic about the revival of the Olympics, they didn't notice until four years later that the Summer Games were held in early spring.

On this day in 1917, the United States formally declared war against Germany and entered World War I. At the time, the war had been going on in Europe for three years, but there was no real immediate threat to the United States. Up until then, Woodrow Wilson had been opposed to the war. His campaign for president in 1916 included the slogan, "He kept us out of the war," though Wilson never used that phrase himself.

But two things changed Wilson's mind. The first was that Germany had declared unrestricted warfare on American merchant vessels, and began torpedoing any ship they thought was carrying munitions to the British and the French. At that point, the United States was the biggest supplier of munitions to the British and the French. And the second was that the United States intercepted a telegram from Germany to Mexico, asking for an alliance against the United States. If Mexico was willing to attack the U.S., the Germans said they would help Mexico regain Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

The war was extraordinarily expensive for the United States, costing about $1 million per hour in the last 25 months of the war. The amount of money the U.S. government spent on World War I was more than the combined total of what it had spent in the previous 100 years. Woodrow Wilson hoped it would be the war to end all wars, but instead it was just the beginning of the United States' policy of military intervention in world affairs.

April 6, 1998 -
Wendy O. Williams, former porn star and singer for The Plasmatics, kills herself with a gun near her Connecticut home.

Please crank this up to 11 in her honor.

Kids, if you try this at home - don't blame me if sh*t happens.

And so it goes

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