Wednesday, November 23, 2011

You can thank me later

Do you have to bring a dish or dessert or unexpectedly cook dinner from friends tomorrow? You actually still have time - peek in my cupboard to find and entire menu and recipes laid out for you but you'd better get cracking if you're going to get it together in time.

Good Luck. And don't forget to get some wine - ask you local bootlegger for an inexpensive Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc.

Today is the birthday of both Boris Karloff (1887)

and Harpo Marx (1888).

And that makes this a good day.

I'm in the process of going over the river and through the woods to my mom's house (we're going to be 20 for dinner tomorrow) so here's an abbreviated version of

Today in History:
November 23, 1499 -
A young man claiming to be the son of Edward IV landed in Cornwall, England, and declared himself King Richard IV. Unfortunately England already a king, the young man wasn't really the son of Edward IV, and his name wasn't Richard.

He was in fact Perkin Warbeck, and was therefore hanged to death on this date (as opposed to having been well hung.)

November 23, 1910 -
English murderer Hawley Crippen an American physician is hanged in Pentonville Prison, London, England, after he was caught aboard the SS Montrose attempting to escape to Britain, on this date.

It was the first use of wireless radio for the apprehension of a criminal.

November 23, 1936 -
The first edition of Life, the picture magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was published on this date.

It was an immediate sellout.

November 23, 1963 -
The first episode of Doctor Who, The Unearthly Child, premiered on the BBC, on this date.

William Hartnell was the first Doctor Who.

November 23, 1976 -
Jerry Lee Lewis has been a bad boy again. On this date, he was arrested in front of Graceland in Memphis for public drunkenness, and carrying a chrome plated .38.

Looking for Elvis, I bet.

November 23, 1990 -
MTV banned Madonna's video Justify My Love due to its sexually-explicit content on this date.

Oh, do you remember when television was this quaint?

31 more shopping days until Christmas, 26 more shopping days until Hanukkah. (Black Friday is just 2 days away.)

And so it goes

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