I hope you're sitting folks - according to the National Pig Association in the UK “A world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable.”
In the US, farmers predict pork prices will hit new highs in 2013 as farmers cut back on production due to soaring feed costs. Begin freezing extra packages of bacon and a couple of spiral cut hams - we will get through this.
September 26, 1945 -
The older I get the less I know about women. They are completely infallible and totally impossible.
Bryan Ferry (the Lord of Louche) lead singer of the group Roxy Music and solo artist, was born on this date.
September 26, 1962 -
The cult film Carnival of Souls, premiered on this date
The Saltair that appears in the film actually burned down in the early '70s. In the early '80s another version of Saltair was rebuilt, although it was a much smaller design. Shortly after it was built, the Great Salt Lake rose and flooded it out. In 1993, the building was remodeled and reopened, now it's mainly used as a small venue for musical acts.
September 26, 1968 -
(The real) Hawaii Five-O premiered on CBS TV on this date.
Despite the attention that Hawaii Five-0 brought to Hawaiian state law enforcement, Hawaii is the only state that has no state police agency.
Today in History:
September 26, 1895 (he may have been born in 1901 - who knows) -
George Raft was an American film actor who was most closely identified with his portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s, was born on this date. George may have achieved an unenviable place in Hollywood folklore as the actor who turned down some of the best roles in screen history, most notably High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca and Double Indemnity.
Also, George Raft also gave more actresses and bit players 'the clap' than any other actor during the 30's. What a wonderful way to be remembered.
September 26, 1580 -
Francis Drake returned to Plymouth, England, on this date, ending a three-and-a-half year journey around the world.
It was nearly four more centuries, however, before The Beverly Hillbillies premiered on CBS-TV (on this day in 1962).
The lengthy lapse between these watershed events has never been explained.
September 26, 1687 -
Troops laying siege to Athens led by Venetian general Francesco Morosini rain cannon fire down on the Acropolis and the Turkish soldiers garrisoned inside. One cannonball penetrates the Parthenon, which happened to serve as the Turks' gunpowder magazine.
The roof, walls, and 16 columns are blown off by the resulting explosion.
Oops, sh*t happens.
September 26, 1937 -
The Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, sustains grave injuries in a traffic accident on US Highway 61 on this date. She is taken to a colored hospital in Clarksdale, Mississippi and her arm amputated. Smith dies later that day from blood loss.
According to legend, Bessie had been refused treatment by a closer, whites-only hospital.
September 26, 1960 -
Kennedy and Nixon face off in the first televised presidential debate. Nixon had been recuperating from illness yet refused to wear makeup for the camera, looking haggard and gray.
Radio viewers gave positive opinions for Nixon's performance but so many people saw the debate televised that Kennedy gained the lead in the polls, ultimately winning the election.
Remember what I said about Checkers, his kids' dog.
September 26, 1964 -
S. S. Minnow started it's three hour tour (and lasted 98 shows) when Gilligan’s Island premiered on CBS-TV, on this date.
The ship's name, S. S. Minnow, was not named for the fish but rather for Newton Minow, head of the FCC in 1961. Minow was the one who called television "America's vast wasteland". Sherwood Schwartz did not care for Minow so he named the soon-to-be shipwrecked ship after him, though he later said that Minow actually enjoyed the joke and that the two eventually exchanged regular friendly correspondence.
September 26, 1969 -
Beatles release the Abbey Road album in London, on this date.
It was their 13th album in the U.K. It was also their last album together as a group.
September 26, 1969 -
An unsuspecting American public is forced to deal with the vaguely incestuous family comedy series The Brady Bunch which premiered on ABC-TV on this date. Remember, the Bradys were so good, clean and wholesome that didn't even go to the bathroom (you never saw the toilet.)
When Florence Henderson, arrived to do her screen test, there was no one on staff to do her make-up, so she went over to the adjoining studio where Star Trek was filmed and she found herself seated in a make-up chair between William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, being made up for their day's work on Star Trek. Henderson recalls that both actors completely ignored her.
And so it goes