Thursday, December 6, 2012

What constitutes Reindeer Games?

December 6, 1964 -
One of the first neurotic holiday Christmas specials, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, premiered on this date

Why is Dolly for Sue, who appears to be a perfectly ordinary doll, living on the Island of Misfit
Toys? This gripping debate raged on for decades, until official word from Rankin-Bass recently
decided the issue: Dolly for Sue was a "misfit" because she had psychological problems - she felt

Today's Holiday Special - celebrating Rudolph

December 6, 1896 -
Ira Gershwin, lyricist (and major writer of the American Song Book) was born on this date.

I Got Rhythm

Love Is Here To Stay

The Man That Got Away

But Not For Me

If you're of an age, it part of the music you hear in your head as you walk down the street.

December 6, 1940 -
MGM released the 10th Marx Brothers film, Go West, on this date.

Winston Churchill was informed of Rudolf Hess's capture in Scotland just before he was about to see a private screening of Go West. Spurning a more detailed briefing, Churchill famously commented "Well, Hess or no Hess, I'm off to see the Marx Brothers"

Today in History:
It's the Feast of Saint Nicholas, yes that St. Nick.

Amongst other things, he is the patron saint of children and was known for his generosity. He's also known as the patron saint of sailors, fishermen, merchants, the falsely accused, prostitutes (Huh), repentant thieves, pharmacists and broadcasters.

The biggest gift he ever gave was to a poor man and his three daughters. The man had no dowry to pay for his daughters and was worried that if they never married they would have no choice but to become prostitutes. Hearing this, Saint Nicholas visited the poor man at night and anonymously threw three purses filled with gold through his window. Because of this, he became the patron saint of pawnbrokers. Traditionally, three golden baubles are hung in the window of pawn shops to represent the three purses of money.

So now you know.

December 6, 1917 -
On the morning of December 6, the munitions ship Mont Blanc explodes in Halifax harbor after being struck by another ship, the Norwegian ship Imo.

It is the largest explosion before the atomic age. The ship was carrying 200 tons of TNT, 61 tons of gun cotton, 35 tons of Benzyl, and 2,300 tons of picric acid; the explosion destroys 325 acres of the city, leaving 1,900 people dead and injuring over 9,000.

Luckily, Gordon Lightfoot didn't write a damn song about it.

December 6, 1955 -
N.Y. psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers won the top prize on the TV quiz show The $64,000 Question by correctly answering questions on boxing .

Dr. Joyce Brothers is the only person to win both The $64,000 Question and The $64,000 Challenge.

December 6, 1960 -
Domino's Pizza was founded by Thomas S. Monaghan on this date.

And the pizza still sucks.

December 6, 1969 -
A concert by the Rolling Stones at Altamont ends in the death of a fan at the hands of the Hells Angels, who were hired for security. He was a fat hippie anyway. (Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name...)

(Contrary to a popular urban legend, Sympathy for the Devil was not playing while Meredith Hunter was being stabbed, rather, the song was Under My Thumb.

And Mr. Hunter was not a fat hippie but an African American with a gun.)

December 6, 1973 -
House minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the first unelected Vice President, succeeding US Vice President Spiro T. Agnew (under President Richard M. Nixon.)

Agnew, the only VP to resign in disgrace, resigned on October 10, and pleaded no contest to one charge of income tax invasion in return for the dropping of all other charges, and was fined $10,000 and given three year's probation .

December 6, 1989 -
Andy, Opie, come in for dinner boys.

Frances Bavier - "Aunt Bee" on The Andy Griffith show died of heart failure on this date.

Suffering from advance stages of senility, Ms. Bavier became convinced that she was "Aunt Bee" towards the end of her life.

2 more shopping days until Hanukkah, 19 more shopping days until Christmas, and the world may just be over in 15 days.

And so it goes.

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