Saturday, May 21, 2011

Either we're here (and you're reading this) or we're not

The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans - The 136th running of the Preakness Race,

held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

May 21, 1990 -
The last episode of Newhart aired on CBS-TV on this date.

To protect the secret of the ending, a fake script was leaked to the press. In it, after Bob gets by the golf ball, he dies, goes to Heaven and meets God played by George Burns.

May 21, 1992 -
Bette Midler, the last scheduled guest, sang a touching impromptu duet with Johnny Carson, on the Tonight Show, on this date.

This penultimate show was immediately recognized as a television classic, and Midler would win an Emmy Award for her role in it.

Kid, this is the apex of TV, it doesn't get any better than this.

Today in History:
It was on this date in 1471 that King Henry VI of England was murdered in the Tower of London, concluding Part III of his reign.

Edward IV assumed the throne as the world eagerly awaited Richard III and the dramatic conclusion of the War of the Roses.

May 21, 1917 -
One of the World's Greatest Actors, Raymond Burr was born on this date.

In celebration, may I suggest purchasing a small container of the fabulous nipple rouge bearing this man's name. May I suggest the color, Pert & Sassy.

May 21, 1904 -
Thomas Wright (Fats) Waller, jazz pianist, organist, composer and entertainer, was born on this date.

I wonder what the poor people are doing - I'd love to be doing it with them! ...

May 21,1927 -
Charles Lindbergh, American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, racist, Neo-Nazi, Isolationist and serial philanderer became the first man to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean, on this date.

Exactly five years later Amelia Earhart became the first woman to do it, on this date as well.

This was an impressive step for feminism, and she did it without the astronaut diapers.

May 21, 1952 -
Mr. T is born in the ghetto on this date.

and his mama cried.

May 21, 1972 -
A deranged Australian geologist takes a hammer to Michelangelo's Pieta, shouting "I am Jesus Christ -- risen from the dead!"

Laszlo Toth is never charged with any crime, instead receiving a free trip to an Italian insane asylum. Toth's name is later adopted by comedian and former SNL regular Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci) for a long series of pranks by mail.

Everybody's a critic.

May 21, 1980 -
George Lucas didn't have enough money. He produces a sequel to his highly successful Star Wars, which somehow is Part V (don't ask or someone will go to great lengths to explain it all to you.)

The Empire Strikes Back premiered on this date.

The film contains, arguably the most shocking revelation - right next to what Rosebud was or who exactly was killing all those people at the Bates Motel.

And so it goes

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