July 29, 1987 –
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream introduces their Cherry Garcia flavor, named after the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, on this date.
Will we all scream for Ben & Jerry's in unison or one at a time?
July 29, 1950 -
Rum, the lash and sodomy, brought to you by Walt Disney!
RKO pictures released Walt Disney's production of Treasure Island on this date. Watch the film: There are no women in the entire movie.
July 29, 1958 -
President Eisenhower stopped playing golf long enough to signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which created NASA on this date.
Richard Nixon immediately gave Ike a rum toddy and let him take his afternoon nap.
July 29, 1959 -
Another campy cult classic William Castle flick, The Tingler opens on this date.
William Castle toyed with other ideas to frighten audience members, in addition to 'percepto'; among them: rolling bean bags to brush against the legs of audience members, speakers mounted at different areas that would give a 'screech' when the tingler appeared, and possibly even using 'shills' to operate some type of mechanical device to tickle the legs of the audience members; but the only viable way of doing it was by attaching buzzers in select seats to coincide with the appearance of the tingler- 'percepto'.
Today in History:
July 29, 1588 -
Phillip II of Spain sent his armadillo to invade England. This Spanish armadillo was defeated by the belly-buttons of Lord Howard and Sir Francis Drake in one of the greatest navel engagements of all time.
The defeat altered the balance of power in Europe irreversibly and marked the last use of armadillos in navel warfare.
July 29, 1900 -
Italian King Umberto I thought he was have a good day. It was a warm summer evening and he had just finished distributing prizes to athletes after a sporting competition. Umberto got back into his carriage and Gaetano Bresci, an Italian-born anarchist who had resided in America, burst from the crowd brandishing a revolver and fired four times, killing the king instantly.
The murder was believed to be due to the king’s decision to fire cannon rounds into a crowd of starving peasants and workers that had assembled asking the king for assistance; 100s were killed; Bresci was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to a life of hard labor at Santo Stefano Prison on Ventotene Island. Humbert was succeeded by his son, Victor Emmanuel III. After serving less than a year of his life sentence, Bresci was found dead in his cell, in extremely suspicious circumstances.
July 29, 1921 -
The Council on Foreign Relations is incorporated in New York City by a group of bankers and other influentials, including John D Rockefeller. The CFR remains a vital component of the New World Order, and is surpassed in importance only by the Trilateral Commission.
Now that you have this information, you know too much and you'll probably have to be killed.
July 29, 1921 -
Adolf Hitler was selected as leader of the National Socialist Party on this date.
I'm guessing there have been some Germans of a certain age that have regrets concerning this election.
July 29, 1945 -
After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, the cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis was torpedoed and sunk by the I-58 Japanese submarine around midnight on this date.
Some 900 survivors jumped into the sea and were adrift for 4 days. Nearly 600 died before help arrived. Most of its crew was ravaged by sharks.
Talk about karma.
July 29, 1965 -
The Beatles movie Help! premiered in London on this date.
The original title of the movie was "Eight Arms to Hold You", although no one really liked it much and by the time the movie was edited, it didn't really fit the storyline at all. John Lennon had written the song "Help!" around the same time, and it suited the movie's theme so well it became the title song.
July 29, 1968 -
Pope Paul VI issues encyclical Humanae Vitae, prohibiting all unnatural forms of birth control.
This did not please many practicing Catholics, although it answers the age-old question ever priest knows - Altar boys can't get pregnant.
July 29, 1974 -
Cass Elliot (Ellen Naomi Cohen,) a very large part of The Mamas and the Papas, died in London on this date.
Although initial reports ascribe the cause of death to choking on a ham sandwich, in actuality it was a heart attack.
July 29, 1981 -
Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in an internationally televised ceremony at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London, England on this date.
They were divorced in 1996 . She was dead by 1997 and he married his long time tampon holder in 2005.
Hey, fairy tales don't always have happy endings.
And so it goes.