Monday, October 8, 2012

Is this 'There goes the neighborhood day', on the reservation?

Happy Arbitrary Columbus Day!

Don't forget you still have to feed the meters?

While this may be a childhood favorite for some - it's causing me to gag to even think about.

Fluffernutter Day celebrates the fresh white bread, peanut butter, and marshmallow cream sandwich.

October 8, 1925 -
One of the most expensive movie made, at the time (at $3.9 million,) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ premiered on this date.

MGM inherited the production when the company was founded in 1924; with the film over budget and getting out of control, the studio halted production and relocated the shoot from Italy to California, under the supervision of Irving Thalberg. William Wyler, one of sixty assistant directors for the chariot race, went on to direct the remake Ben-Hur.

Today in History:
October 8, 1582 -
Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

This leads to mass confusion and most of the populace just go back to bed and wait for tomorrow.

October 8, 1869 -
Franklin Pierce, an American politician and the fourteenth President of the United States, serving from 1853 to 1857 is to date the only president from New Hampshire and was the first president born in the nineteenth century.

His good looks and inoffensive personality caused him to make many friends, but he suffered tragedy in his personal life (all three of his children died in childhood - don't ask how his third child died) and as president subsequently made decisions which were widely criticized and divisive in their effects, thus giving him the reputation as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.

After losing the Democratic nomination for a second term, Pierce reportedly quipped "there's nothing left to do but get drunk" (quoted also as "after the White House what is there to do but drink?") which he apparently did frequently. He once ran over an elderly woman while driving a carriage drunk. Franklin Pierce died in Concord, New Hampshire on this date at 64 years old, from cirrhosis of the liver, thus ending his miserable life on this date

October 8, 1871-
Mrs O'Leary's cow started The Great Chicago Fire thats destroyed more than 17,000 buildings, killed more than 300 people and left 90,000 homeless, on this date. That same day, a forest fire broke out at Peshtigo, Wis., eventually killing about 2,500 people while burning some 850 square miles (making it the largest lost of life by fire in the United States), Holland, Michigan, and Manistee, Michigan.

Bad cow.

Catherine O'Leary seemed the perfect scapegoat: she was a woman, immigrant, and Catholic - a combination which did not fare well in the political climate of the time in Chicago. This story was circulating in Chicago even before the flames had died out and was noted in the Chicago Tribune's first post-fire issue. Michael Ahern, the reporter that came with the story would retract it in 1893, admitting that it was fabricated.

In 1997, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution exonerating Catherine—and her cow—from all blame.

October 8, 1918 -
Sgt. Alvin York (Gary Cooper) of Tennessee became a World War I hero by single-handedly capturing a hill in the Argonne Forest of France, killing more than 20 enemy soldiers and capturing 132 others on this date.

What makes this feat all the more amazing is that York original applied and was denied Conscientious objector status because of his religious beliefs.

October 8, 1919 -
The first U.S. transcontinental air race began with 63 planes competing in the round-trip aerial derby between California and New York. Each way took about three days.

Seven men lost their lives during the race - flying was extremely hazardous at the time. Even the winner, Lieutenant Belvin W. Maynard, would meet his death three years later, while stunt flying at a county fair in Rutland, Vermont, on September 7th 1922.

October 8, 1928 -
Police raid 20 speakeasies in New York City in an effort to crack down on illegal liquor sales on this date.

New York City Police remain blind drunk, wandering the streets for three days afterward.

October 8, 1956-
New York Yankees pitcher Donald James Larson pitches the first perfect game in a World Series--no walks, no hits, no runs.

His perfect game was the only no-hitter of any type ever pitched in postseason play until Doc Halladay pitched one on October 6th, 2010.

October 8, 1993 -
Ted Danson appeared in black face at a Friars Club roast for Whoopi Goldberg on this date.

 His offensive comments amused Whoopi Goldberg but the incident becomes a great embarrassment.

And so it goes

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