Tuesday, September 13, 2011

84% of the time, they just stumble upon the secret passageway.

September 13, 1969 -
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! made its CBS network debut on this date, with its first episode, What a Night for a Knight.

Youth wants to know: Just how rich is the county museum that it has authentic Rembrandts to steal?

September 13, 1961 -
The Bronx, before Robert Moses mortally wounded it with the Cross Bronx Expressway - Car 54 Where are You?, premiered on NBC TV, on this date.

Want to win a bet at your favorite watering hole - this program was William Faulkner's favorite TV show. He reportedly would visit a friend's house on Saturday nights to watch it. Because I know, you go to bars only for the bonhomie of the local patrons.

September 13, 1974 -
The Rockford Files, starring James Garner, was first broadcast on NBC-TV on this date.

Besides detectives Richie Brockleman (played by Dennis Dugan) and Lance White (played by Tom Selleck,) other recurring characters on the show were reformed prostitute Rita Kapkovic (played by Rita Moreno,) disbarred lawyer John "Coop" Cooper (played by Bo Hopkins,) Jim's ex-cellmate Gandolph "Gandy" Fitch (played by Isaac Hayes) and parole officer turned private investigator Marcus "Gabby" Hayes (played by Louis Gossett Jr.).

September 13, 2000 -
Cameron Crowe's autobiographic film, Almost Famous, was released on this date.

At the age of 18, director Cameron Crowe wrote the liner notes to the "Frampton Comes Alive!" album by rocker Peter Frampton. Frampton returns the favor here by acting as a music consultant for the film.

Today in History:
September 13, 1848 -
A 13-pound tamping iron is blown through the head of railroad construction foreman Phineas P. Gage, entering beneath the left cheekbone and exiting the top of his head. The metal bar lands 30 yards away, taking with it much of his left frontal lobe. Gage never loses consciousness, even while the doctors examine his wound. Two months later, he is well enough to return home and resume an active life of work and travel.

The steel rod, along with a cast of Gage's head, and his skull, are now on display at Harvard Medical School's Warren Anatomical Museum.

September 13, 1916 -
Mary the circus elephant is publicly executed in the Erwin, Tennessee railyard, after killing a drifter named Walter "Red" Eldridge the previous day.

The five-ton animal is hanged from a derrick car in front of 3,000 onlookers, and left hanging for half an hour.

Give the people what they want ...

September 13, 1916 -

Roald Dahl was born on this date in Llandaff, South Wales. He was sent off to private boarding schools as a kid, which he hated except for the chocolates, Cadbury chocolates. The Cadbury chocolate company had chosen his school as a focus group for new candies they were developing. Every so often, a plain gray cardboard box was issued to each child, filled with eleven chocolate bars. It was the children's task to rate the candy, and Dahl took his job very seriously. About one of the sample candy bars, he wrote, "Too subtle for the common palate." He later said that the experience got him thinking about candy as something manufactured in a factory, and he spent a lot of time imagining what a candy factory might be like.

Today, he's best known for his children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and for the fact he ran off with his children's nanny after his wife, the actress Patricia Neal, recovered from a stroke. But even more interesting, a recently published biography of Dahl, purports that he was a spy for the British government during World War II, paid to sleep with wealthy U. S. women to gain information for the British government.

And you thought only 007 had a way with women.

September 13, 1940 -
The German Luftwaffe directly targeted Buckingham Palace during 'the Blitz' and dropped a bomb into the palace courtyard and detonated on impact. The force of the explosion blew out all the inside windows of the palace. No one was seriously hurt and had the unintended effect of bonding the Royal Family with the people of England, as the Windsors did not evacuate London.

Queen Elizabeth (the queen's mother) narrowly averted serious injury and when asked about the incident said, "I am glad we have been bombed….it makes me feel like I can look the [heavily bombed] East End in the face."

September 13, 1965 -
The Beatles released the single Yesterday/Act Naturally in the US on this date.

Yesterday is the most covered pop song of all time, over 3,000 versions recorded according to The Guinness Book Of World Records. Not bad for a song originally titled Scrambled Eggs.

September 13, 1971 -
After 1,300 rioting prisoners reject a list of proposed concessions because it lacks immunity from prosecution, New York Governor Rockefeller orders an attack to retake Attica prison.

In all, 29 prisoners die and 85 are wounded; and 10 hostages are killed. For months thereafter, prisoners receive inhumane beatings from guards.

And so it goes

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