Sunday, July 10, 2011

Derek had a perfect day

Derek Jeter finally got his 3,000th hit yesterday, becoming the 28th major league baseball player to do so and the first Yankee to do so as well.

Adding to the sweetness of the day, Derek Jeter got his 3,000th hit on a homer into the left field stands off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price. Jeter is one of only eleven 3,000 Hit Club members who struck all their hits with the same team.

The British tabloid News of the World, ends its 168-year run today.

No matter what you think what they did, image if the Post hacked the cell phones of murdered children - what would you think?

Oh wait a minute, Rupert owns both papers.

July 10, 1916 -
Charlie Chaplin further develops his 'Tramp' character with the release of The Vagabond, on this date.

July 10, 1942 -
RKO Radio Pictures released Orson Welles' butchered masterpiece, The Magnificent Ambersons, on this date.

The preview of the movie occurred a short time after Pearl Harbor. Because of this, most of the audience review cards stated that they didn't want to see a depressing movie, and that it should have more laughs and a happy ending. With Orson Welles out of the country, RKO chopped 50 minutes of the film and added a happy ending. The footage was subsequently destroyed; the only record of the removed scenes is the cutting continuity transcript.

Much like the search for El Dorado, the hunt is still on for the original version of the film Welles envisioned.

July 10, 1965 -
The Rolling Stones topped the pop-music charts with (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, on this date.

Today in History:
July 10, 1958 -
The first parking meter was installed in England on this date in 1958, along with the second through 625th. It took nearly two dozen years for the parking meter to travel across the Atlantic: the first American parking meter had been installed in Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935.

It was invented by Oklahoma City's Carl C. Magee, the head of that city's chamber of commerce, as part of an effort to free more parking spaces for daytime shoppers. Downtown parking spaces had typically been taken by office workers who left their cars parked on the street all day, making it difficult for shoppers to find open spaces and thereby causing incalculable pain and suffering. (Double-parking was not invented until 1963.)

I, personally, considers the parking meter one of the great instruments of totalitarian control, and cannot understand how conspiracy theorists who lose sleep over Roswell, the Masons, and black helicopters can walk blithely past dozens of parking meters every day.

Current estimates ("wild guesses") suggest there are now more than five million of these coercive devil machines deployed across the United States. They absorb millions of dollars in small change every day, and generate still more ill-gotten revenue by means of fines levied against persons who refuse to kneel before them.

I urge my readers to recall the words of Alexander Hamilton, who observed in the Federalist Papers that "no people are free who must pay for municipal parking."

The first concrete-paved street was built 112 years ago today in Bellefountaine, Ohio.

Paved streets are good. I have no problem with paved streets, unless they're lined with parking meters.

July 10, 1856 -
Inventor and electromechanical genius Nikola Tesla, the man who invented the 20th century, is born to Serbian parents in what is now Croatia on this date.

Remember, if we could only harness the free floating electricity, we could do away with the electric companies.

July 10, 1985 -
Neil Tennant, musician, singer and songwriter and the other half of the electronic dance music duo Pet Shop Boys, was born on this date.

July 10, 1985 -
Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior is blown up by in Auckland Harbor, killing a photographer.

After the New Zealand government determines that French secret agents were responsible, the French Defense Minister resigns and the agents are jailed.

And so it goes.

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