Saturday, May 19, 2012

Boogie on down to Broadway

Today is Dance Parade Day.  Check out the thousands of dancers as they make their way down Broadway to the East Village.

And while you're watching, you can do The Hustle in honor of Donna Summers.

Please put your morning beverage down: prepare to spew forth with laughter

We fear what may happen if you hear Gilbert read any further - you may injury yourself.  So here is Ellen continuing the story -

Perhaps you need to take a cold shower.

May 19, 1962 -
Democrats staged a fund-raiser in New York's Madison Square Garden that was billed as a birthday salute to President Kennedy.

JFK thanked Marilyn, saying, “I can now retire from politics after having had ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way.” It takes a certain kind of balls to have your mistress, Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of Happy Birthday to You in front of your wife and the nation.

May 19, 1934 -
A truly perverse horror film from Universal, The Black Cat, premiered in NYC on this date.

This film was made just before the Hays code went into effect. It is chockablock filled with Satanism, black mass orgies, necrophilia, pedophilia, sadistic revenge, murder and incest. Oh, I forgot to mention Bela Lugosi slices off Boris Karloff's face.

Betcha want to see it now.

May 19, 1958 -
The iconic B movie classic, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, broke out on this date.

The director Nathan Juran insisted on being billed under a pseudonym, apparently because he was embarrassed by the film's low budget and poor quality.

Foolish man.

Today in History:
May 19, 1536-
In the first public execution of an English queen, Anne Boleyn was beheaded on this date. In her speech, Boleyn has nothing but good things to say about her husband, Henry VIII: "I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never: and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord."

Except of course for this whole beheading thing.

May 19, 1890 -
Nguyen Tat Thanh was born in central Vietnam on this date. After World War I he devotes his life to the Communist cause, adopting a series of pseudonyms along the way. Finally he settles on "The Enlightener," that being the English translation of Ho Chi Minh.

As a birthday present, the US decides to bomb Hanoi in 1967 on this date.

May 19, 1935 -
Thomas Edward Lawrence died after an motorcycle accident on this date. Lawrence was a British officer who rose to prominence during the Arabian campaigns of the First World War. Clad in the magnificent white silk robes of an Arab prince ... he hoped to pass unnoticed through London. Alas he was mistaken.

He can also be seen in The Lion in Winter, Becket, What New, Pussycat and My Favorite Year.

May 19, 1945 -
Peter Townshend, Rock Singer/guitarist/vocalist/composer, was born on this date .

After he was rated as the 50th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone, Mr. Townshend fell into a deep depression and was reduced to appearing with another old time rocker, Roger Daltrey at benefit concerts.

How sad.

May 19, 1951 -
You do and I'll give you such a pinch.

The first in the series of the transvestite Bugs Bunny, the ever clueless Daffy Duck and bestiality minded Elmer Fudd's "Hunting Trilogy", Rabbit Fire was released on this date.

May 19, 1951
Well, I think we're the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world.

Joey Ramone, (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) punk rocker, songwriter and countercultural icon was born on this date.

May 19, 1952 (1948 - it's not for us to question a woman about her real age) -
Everyone has to make their own decisions. I still believe in that. You just have to be able to accept the consequences without complaining.

Grace Jones, singer, model, and actress was born on this date.

Also before I forget, congratulations Chris and Kim

Mazel Tov

And so it goes

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