While you're enjoying your last hot dog and ice cold beer of the summer today, let's remember that there is actual a point to Labor Day -
to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers.
September 5th is Be Late For Something Day so forget the calendar and leave the watch at home and be late for something.
Remember that things can go on without you, and maybe it’s not all quite as important as you thought; after all, you need some ‘me time’!
September 5, 1916 -
D. W. Griffith classic silent-film masterpiece, Intolerance: Love's Struggle Through the Ages, premiered on this date.
Cameraman Karl Brown remembered a scene with the various members of the Babylonian harem that featured full frontal nudity. He was barred from the set that day, apparently because he was so young. While there are several shots of slaves and harem girls throughout the film, the scene that Brown describes is not in any surviving versions. The Babylonian orgy sequence alone cost $200,000 when it was shot. That's nearly twice the overall budget of The Birth of a Nation, another D.W. Griffith film and, at the time, the record holder for most expensive picture ever made.
September 5, 1927 -
Walt Disney's Trolley Troubles, first appearance of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons, premiered on this date.
Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks worked for Universal Pictures on this cartoon. Universal showed their appreciation for the two for making Oswald a star by threatening to cut their salaries. As a result, the two walked...and soon created Mickey Mouse and the rest is history.
September 5, 1946 -
Farrokh Bulsara, British musician, singer and songwriter, was born on this date.
Freddie Mercury has been called one of Rock's greatest performers of all time.
Today in History:
September 5, 1638 -
King Louis XIV of France was born on this date.
Like Elizabeth I in England, Louis inherited a struggling kingdom and built it into a major power. Unlike Elizabeth, Louis did not remain a virgin. On the contrary, he produced so many little bastards that he came to be known as the "Son King," which led him to conclude famously L'etat, c'est moi. ("Kid, I'm your father.")
September 5, 1877 -
The great Sioux Chief Crazy Horse, a cousin of Kicking Bear, was fatally bayoneted at age 36 by a soldier at Fort Robinson, Nebraska.
His final resting place remains unknown.
September 5, 1921 -
Undiscovered actress Virginia Rappe somehow ruptures her bladder during actor-comedian Fatty Arbuckle's party at the Saint Francis Hotel in San Francisco.
Three days later, the feverish woman is checked into a maternity hospital, where she dies from peritonitis. Arbuckle is tried for her murder but ultimately acquitted of any wrongdoing by a jury, his brilliant film acting career is destroyed. He had been one of the most popular (and highest-paid) film comedians of the silent era, second only to Chaplin.
September 5, 1972 -
Five Palestinians armed with machine guns sneak into the Olympic Village in Munich. There they take nine Israeli athletes hostage, killing two others in the process.
Later, they demand safe passage out of the country and the release of 200 Palestinians from prison in Israel. Ultimately, none of the athletes makes it out alive.
September 5, 1975 -
Manson Family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme almost assassinates President Gerald Ford with a .45 automatic in Sacramento, California.
But Fromme is tackled by a Secret Service agent before she can remember to rack a round into the firing chamber.
September 5, 1990 -
In his testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, LAPD chief Daryl Gates opines: "Casual drug users should be taken out and shot."
Note to self: remember not to invite Mr. Gates to any social events. What a minute, he's dead. New note to self:remember not to invite Zombie Gates to any social events.
September 5, 1991 -
Disgraced children's television star Pee-wee Herman returns to the public eye for the first time after his masturbation arrest, appearing on the MTV Video Music Awards.
He opens with the line: "Heard any good jokes lately?"
September 5, 1997 -
Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, died at 87 after a heart attack on this date.
Privately, Mother Teresa experienced doubts and struggles over her religious beliefs which lasted nearly fifty years until the end of her life; what Douglas Adams called 'The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul'. Her doubts should not be confused, as Christopher Hitchens postulated as 'the thoughts of a confused old lady who it knew had for all practical purposes ceased to believe' and more as the thought process of someone seriously working their way through spiritual beliefs.
September 5, 2003 -
It wasn't so happy at the happiest place in the world when one Disneyland guest is killed and 10 others injured when the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad coaster jumps the tracks in Frontierland.
Did they get their money back?
And so it goes.