Saturday, March 10, 2012

Remember you have to set the clocks ahead tomorrow morning

you'll have one less hour for drinking - start earlier.

March 10, 1938 -
Bette Davis won her second Academy Award and re-ignited her sagging career when Jezebel, premiered in New York City on this date.

According to Bette Davis' memoir, This 'N That, during her affair with her co-star George Brent, whom she describes as the dearest man she didn't marry, he gave her a bracelet with the letters B-E-T-T-E spelled out in diamonds, then told her 'I'm glad you have such a short name.'

March 10, 1940 -
Carlos Ray Norris, the world's greatest living human being was born on this date.

The Pentagon has a direct line to the President; the President has a direct line to Chuck Norris.

Today in History:
March 10, 1876 -
It was on this date in 1876 that Alexander Graham Bell conducted the first successful experiment on a radical new technology. He put a "transmitter" in one room of his home and a "receiver" in another. He connected them with wire. He then shouted into the mouthpiece of the transmitter, "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."

A moment later, his assistant, who had been waiting in the room with the receiver, came into Bell's room and said he had heard and understood everything.

When Alexander Graham Bell finished his invention of the telephone, he noticed he had two missed calls from Chuck Norris.

The invention didn't enjoy much commercial success because the market for persons with out-of-earshot assistants named Watson was not as large as Bell had hoped, but it did serve as a major stepping-stone to one of Bell's most significant inventions, the Watson Detonator.

March 10, 1948 -
The State owned Communist newspaper reports that the Czech foreign minister Jan Masaryk was thrown from a window at his apartment in Prague under mysterious circumstances on this date.

Authorities rule his death was a "suicide" and then decide to rule the death as accidentally because he seems to have "fallen while sitting in a yoga position on a window sill to combat insomnia". But most likely he was suffocated first, judging from the fact that he had lost control of his bowels and the deep nail marks on the window sill.

I hate when that happens.

March 10, 1948 -
...Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.....

Author and artist, Zelda Fitzgerald died in a fire at Highland Hospital, NC, along with eight other inmates on this date.

She was locked in on the 3rd floor while undergoing insulin-induced coma therapy.

I really hate when that happens.

March 10, 1974 -
Second Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Imperial Japanese Army surrenders to Philippine authorities. He believed World War II was still underway and continued a 30 year guerrilla battle with other islanders. His final capitulation came when his senior officer, Maj. Taniguchi, ordered his surrender.

Upon return to the Japanese homeland, Onoda was treated as a hero, but had difficulty coping with his "postwar" life.

March 10, 1977 -
Roman Polanski gave a thirteen-year old girl Quaaludes and has sex with her during a photo shoot at Jack Nicholson's home on this date. He later fled the country to avoid statutory rape charges.

He would currently be living in Los Angeles (and probably having more fun) if he just went into the bathroom and auditioned his hand puppet alone.

March 10, 1977 -
Astronomers James L. Elliot, Edward W. Dunham and Douglas J. Mink discover rings around Uranus on this date.

Allow yourself to giggle like a school girl.

March 10, 1980 -
Jean Harris shot and killed her unfaithful lover, cardiologist Herman Tarnower, co-author of The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet in his Purchase N.Y. home on this date.

She was granted clemency on December 31, 1992 by Governor Mario Cuomo after she served 12 years of a 15 year sentence. Harris was released in January 1993.

Sometimes, diets make you a little cranky

And so it goes.

Oh, before you go - I saw this funny clip about the The History of Payments -

I'm glad we don't have to break a pig anymore to make change. It extraordinarily messy.

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