Alicia Keys celebrated her new album Girl on Fire, by syncing the single Girl on Fire as well as her hit track Empire State of Mind (with a simulcast on various NYC radio stations) with the ESB new LED lights. The show was fun.
I'm anticipating that The Empire State Building might give The Time Square Ball drop a run for their money this year.
November 27 is also the Feast of St. Josaphat, a Middle Age prince who renounced his wealth to do charitable work.
Well, St. Josephat, turns out to be a Christianized version of a legend about Buddha (yeah Siddhārtha Gautama .) I don't remember them telling me that back at St. John's.
Funny, the things that slipped Sister Rita's mind. Oh, that wacky Catholic Church!
November 27, 1948 -
You see what some ducks will do for money!
Another (less familiar) Daffy & Porky pairing, Riff Raffy Daffy, premiered on this date.
November 27, 1967 -
The Beatles released Magical Mystery Tour album the US on this date.
While the film bombed both times it appeared on British television, and was never broadcast by the US networks, it did become a modest success on the American midnight and college movie circuits in the 1970s. After the premiere showing on the BBC, Ringo Starr apparently rang up the BBC complaining that the poor ratings were due to them showing "this colorful film" in B/W. The BBC responded by transmitting again, this time in glorious color a few days later.
It still bombed.
November 27, 1980 -
The sitcom Bosom Buddies, staring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari premiered on ABC-TV on this date.
In the summer of 1984 as Tom Hanks was becoming a household name thanks to the movie Splash, NBC bought the rights to the ABC sitcom and re-aired selected episodes to lead off their Saturday Night line-up.
Today in History:
Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, was bled to death to cure her uterine cancer on this date. (In a strange coincidence, her father was also bled to death to cure a fever.)
She is often thought of as the world's first computer programmer, due to her interest in mathematics and her work on Charles Babbage's analytical engine.
Alfred Nobel signed his last will, which established the Nobel Prize on this date in 1895. (Yes, this is the second reference to Alfred in the same week.)
Mr Nobel is interesting because his fortune was founded in large part on the commercial success of something he invented in 1866: dynamite. Dynamite proved so lucrative for Mr Nobel that he was able to spend most of the rest of his life blowing things up in the interests of world peace. World peace was not achieved in his lifetime, however, and he therefore endowed a foundation with millions of dollars to give prizes to the men and women of future generations who helped bring the world closer to peace by blowing things up.
Sadly, in recent years the foundation appears to have forgotten its roots and has begun awarding prizes to men and women whose work for peace has resulted in things blowing up.
I encourage you all to write the Nobel Committee to take immediate corrective action, lest they continue to mislead people into thinking that Peace can be achieved by anything other than the blowing up of Evil Bastards.
November 27, 1978 -
City Supervisor Dan White enters San Francisco City Hall through an open basement window (avoiding metal detectors), walks into the office of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and shoots him dead. Then White continues to kill Supervisor Harvey Milk on this date.
Apparently, Mr. White consumed too many Twinkies. (So here is one of the only bright spots of the collapse of the Hostess company; no more Twinkie enduced rages.)
28 more shopping days until Christmas, 11 more shopping days until Hanukkah and the world may just be over in 24 days.
And so it goes
Before I let you go - This could be the perfect gift for the smokers in your life -
You can order it here from the Diesel Sweeties Store. (Remember kids, Dr. Caligari does not endorse cigarette smoking; it causes cancer. However I will endorse drinking, especial Bombay Sapphire Gin, at the drop of a hat.)