Thursday, February 9, 2012

I'm trying to understand the connection here

It is Toothache Day,

Bagels and Lox Day and

Pizza Pie Day today.

I'm not quite sure why?

February 9, 1976 -
Paul Simon's song, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, hits number 1 on this date.

It his first no. 1 hit single since ending his 13-year partnership with Art Garfunkel in 1970.

Today in History -
On February 9, 772, Adrian I was elected pope. His election was won largely due to strong Frank support. (This Gaelic support system was the precursor to French support, which remains anything but Frank.)

Adrian worked closely with Charlemagne, also known as Carolus Magnus (Big Chuck), the inventor of France.

William Henry Harrison was born on February 9, 1773. Mr. Harrison was the ninth president of the United States.

He died after 32 days in office, although historians are quick to point out that it has never been adequately proven that he was alive prior to his inauguration.

The Great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky died on February 9, 1881.

But what the hell do you care, you didn't read him anyway.

February 9, 1894 -
Chocoholics everwhere rejoice!

Milton Hershey founded the Hershey Chocolate Company and began experimenting with a process mastered by the Swiss — mixing milk with chocolate on this date.

February 9, 1909 -
The first federal law prohibiting the importation of opium is enacted, The Opium Exclusion Act of 1909 on this date.

It is aimed not particularly at the ravages the drug was having on American society
but at the Chinese (note: white people weren't using opium in large quantities at the time.)

February 9, 1933 -
Based on the Mae West play Diamond Lil, She Done Him Wrong, opened in general release on this date. This was one of the last films to be made before the introduction of the Production Code.

The only Mae West film to receive an Academy Award nomination and the shortest film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

February 9, 1942 -
The former French cruise ship Normandie, launched in 1935, burned in New York Harbor during its conversion to an Allied trip transport ship on this date.

It was once regarded as most elegant ocean liner ever built. In 1947 it was cut up for scrap.

February 9, 1950 -
Senator Joseph McCarthy announces he has a list of 205 State Department employees who are Communist Party members on this date.

He did not mention that J. Edgar Hoover likes to wear garters and pumps.

February 9, 1964 -
The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on this date. Approximately 74 million viewers (about half of the American population) watched the group perform on the show.

If you listen very quietly, you can still hear those little girls screaming at the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

February 9, 1971 -
All in the Family aired what TV scholars believe to be the first positive portrayal of a gay issue on American television on this date.

The program, Judging Books by Covers, was aired barely a month after the sitcom had gone on the air.

February 9, 1997 -
The Fox cartoon series Simpsons became the longest-running animated series in cartoon history when it aired it's 167th episode on this date.

"I can't believe we've been annoying people for this long," executive producer and show creator Matt Groening told the Associated Press.

And so it goes.

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