Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This was funny until I realized,

The monkey's jacket is probably worth more than anything I own.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II.

UNICEF provides many types of assistance and help to children and mothers. It receives money from different governments and private persons. It works in almost all countries of the world.

December 11, 1957 -
The movie Peyton Place, based on the novel by Grace Metalious, had its world premiere in Camden, Maine, on this date, where most of it had been filmed.

The film received nine Oscar nominations, including four honouring supporting performances, which set a record for that time. It would later be matched by Tom Jones, The Last Picture Show, and The Godfather: Part II.

December 11, 1961 -
Please, Mr. Postman by Marvelettes was released on this date

Part of this song was written by a postman who helped Georgia Dobbins (one of the Marvelettes) complete the lyrics. His name was Freddie Gorman and his mail route included Brewster public housing where members of The Supremes lived. Gorman also sang with Motown group The Originals.

December 11, 1980 -
Hawaiian shirts and outrageous moustaches came back in style when Magnum P.I., starring Tom Selleck, premiered on CBS-TV on this date.

One of the reasons for this series being set in Hawaii is that CBS did not want to close its Hawaii production offices when Hawaii Five-O ceased production in 1980. This show started production that same year and contains occasional references to Steve McGarrett and "Hawaii Five-O", although McGarrett was never shown.

Today in History:
December 11, 1882 -
Fiorello Enrico La Guardia, Mayor of New York for three terms from 1934 to 1945, was born on this date.

With a boundless enthusiasm and energy to match that of Teddy Roosevelt, La Guardia could be the last Mayor of NYC who really loved his job.

December 11, 1931 -
Rita Moreno (Rosa Dolores Alverio) , winner of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, was born on this date.

She is currently the only Puerto Rican EGOT winner.

December 11, 1964 -
Sam Cooke, popular singer, was shot to death by Bertha Franklin, manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Franklin claimed that he had threatened her, and that she killed him in self-defense.

The shooting was ultimately ruled to be a justifiable homicide, though there have been arguments that crucial details did not come out in court, or were buried afterward.

December 11, 1967 -
Beatles' Apple Music signs its first group - Grapefruit, on this date.

With unwise business decisions like this, Im sure the Beatles must have gone broke very shortly after this.

More Christmas Trivia:
Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870.

The first charity Christmas card was produced by UNICEF in 1949.

Americans send an estimated 1.5 billion Christmas cards each year.

And on a personal note:
Happy Birthday Julie

(what are you doing reading this?)  Since she'll already here, she's a guest musical programmer for us today.  Here's her holiday picks (be nice, it's her birthday) An all Glee Christmas:

Last Christmas -

Baby, It's Cold Outside -

All I Want for Christmas is You -

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Welcome Christmas -

Our Regularly Scheduled Special (can be found here): Home for the Holidays Part 2

14 more shopping days until Christmas, and if an an ancient civilization, which has already died out, is correct; the upcoming apocalypse begins in 10 days.

And so it goes.

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