Saturday, September 3, 2011

Who am I to disagree?

September 3, 1983 -
One of the songs that defined MTV in the 80's, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), hit the top of the US charts on this date.

In 1978, Squeeze had a UK hit with Take Me I'm Yours, which features the line "Dreams are made of this" in the chorus.

September 3, 1965 -
What to you buy a man who has spent $26K on prostitutes during a two day period?

Carlos Irwin Estévez, actor, tiger blooded warlock, bi-winner and noted panderer was born on this date.

September 3, 1973 -
The Rolling Stones released their hit, Angie, on this date.

This was thought to be about David Bowie's wife, Angela, a friend of Mick Jagger's, but the lyrics suggest it is about his relationship with Marianne Faithfull, which ended in turmoil in 1969. Another possibility is that Jagger wrote it for Angela "Dandelion" Richards, daughter of Keith and Anita Pallenberg.

This is one of the few Rolling Stones songs that is acoustic.

September 3, 1982 -
Cameron Crowe's coming of age teen comedy (directed by Amy Heckerling), Fast Times at Ridgemont High, opened on this date.

Nicolas Cage was originally considered for the role of Brad Hamilton, but after his audition the studio thought his performance was too dark and the role went, instead, to Judge Reinhold. Additionally, Cage was 17 at the time and could not work as many hours as actors over 18.

Today in History:
On September 3, 301, during an epic game of hide-and-seek, St. Marinus the Stonemason ran up Mount Titano in Italy to hide from the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

It was a good hiding spot and he was never found.

He started his own country to pass the time and the Republic of San Marino survives to this day.

On September 3, 1189, Richard Lionheart, an enthusiastic sodomite, was crowned King of England on this date.

The son of Henry II (no relation to Rocky II) and Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard spent most of his ten-year reign abroad. For two of these years he was imprisoned by the Holy Roman Emperor, who was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an emperor, but a nasty little man just the same.

When Richard finally returned to English soil he discovered there had been Intrigues, some of which involved his brothers. He therefore crossed the channel and defeated France before dying from an arrow wound to the neck inflincted by an 11 year old boy.

He had only produced one son, and the most crushing defeat of Richard's tragic life was his discovery that the child was a little bastard.

September 3, 1838 -
Frederick Douglass escaped slavery disguised as a sailor. Later he wrote about his experiences in a book called The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, the title of which may have diminished the effectiveness of his disguise.

(Publishers thought The Narrative Life of a Barechested Burly Black Guy Wearing Snug Fitting Sailor Pants with No Underwear would have limited appeal outside certain fetishist circles.)

September 3, 1939 -
Germany continued its invasion of Poland even though Britain had asked it very nicely to stop.

This upset the British sensibility. They declared war on Germany, France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, NZ, South Africa & Canada, making this the official launch of World War II in Europe on this date.

And so it goes

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