Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hey, I should let you know

In the slim chance you've thought of checking out the hovel while we're all in the wayback machine - my neighbors have told me that Mr. Teeny appears to have broken into to reserve supply of gin by the telltale glistening mountain of empty Bombay Sapphire bottles outside my front door.  That and the swearing and random shootgun blasts emanating from behind the mountain.

Consider yourself warned.

 Today is -
Father-Daughter take a walk together day,

Bonza Bottler Day. An excuse to celebrate. This happens every month when the day and the date are the same number. (May 5, June 6, July 7, etc.).

The holiday was invented by Elaine Fremont in 1985 (who died in a car accident in 1995.) Her friends and family have been keeping her holiday alive by posting announcements of the holiday every year (I didn't know Ms. Fremont but I like the idea,)

Chocolate Day (Chocolate is first introduced in Europe.)

Remember kids, chocolate is a vegetable - eat up.

And National Strawberry Sundae Day -

Remember it's Richard Starkey birthday today. And all he has to show for it is a photograph.

And believe me, he still won't sign it for you.

July 7, 1984 -
The single Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood became Britain's all-time best-selling single (at the time) on this date.

This was banned by some UK radio stations for offensive lyrics, which helped make it a hit. In the US, the lyrics were not considered controversial, as they could be interpreted many different ways. Somehow, "When you want to suck to it" was ambivalent enough to keep it on US radio.

Today in History:
July 7, 1456 -
A retrial verdict acquitted Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death on this date.

The pile of ashes that was Joan was unsurprisingly silent upon hearing the news.

July 7, 1865 -
Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold and George Atzerodt, convicted co-conspirators of the Lincoln assassination were hanged in the Old Arsenal Penitentiary on this date.

Unfortunately, the conspirators dropped about five or six feet, which proved insufficient to break their necks. They were allowed to hang for 25 minutes to ensue the job, if not done well, was at least completed. Mary Surratt became the first woman executed by the United States.

July 7, 1928
Wonder no more where the expression came from -

Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri, on this date.

It is described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped".

July 7. 1946 -
Our favorite, germophobe, bisexual billionaire Howard Hughes was puled out, barely alive, from the fiery wreckage of an XF-11 reconnaissance plane that Hughes was testing over Beverly Hills, by, William Durkin, a US Master Sergeant, who happened to be in the area, on this date.

Hughes' injuries were extensive;including a crushed collar bone, 24 broken ribs and numerous third-degree burns. Miraculuosly, he survives, although he is never quite the same. It's believed that Hughes' long-term addiction to codeine was a result of his convalescence from this near fatal accident.

On July 7, 1947, something crashed and was recovered near Roswell, New Mexico. This 'recovery' has become the subject of intense speculation, rumor and questioning. There are widely divergent views on what actually happened and passionate debate about what evidence can be believed. The United States military maintains that what was recovered was a top-secret research balloon that had crashed.

Many UFO proponents believe the wreckage was of a crashed alien craft and that the military covered up the craft's recovery. The incident has turned into a widely-recognized and referred to pop culture phenomenon, and for some, Roswell is synonymous with UFOs. It likely ranks as the most famous alleged UFO incident.

Remember, the Truth is out there.

July 7, 1952 -
During her first Atlantic crossing, the SS United States crossed the finish line in the great race for the fastest Atlantic crossing ever.

To this day, no other liner has ever come close to her speed record in that maiden crossing - in a record 82 hours, 40 minutes.

On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley recorded That's All Right, at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis.

Two days later, Presley made his radio debut when Memphis, Tenn., station WHBQ played his first recording for Sun Records, That's All Right on this date, July 7, 1954.

July 7, 2005 -
Four bomb explosions struck London's transport system during the morning rush on this date. Three Underground trains were hit within half an hour, and a double-decker bus joined the toll, thirty minutes later. A group calling itself "The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe" posted a claim of responsibility, saying they were in retaliation for Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over fifty people were killed and more than 700 injured.  Please take a moment out of your dat today to remember the families of the victims.

And so it goes.

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