Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Here's the tricky part

It's National Fig Newton day, (named not after Sir Isaac Newton but the town of Newton in Massachusetts, near The Kennedy Biscuit Works, which first made the cookie back in 1891.) 

Please celebrate responsibly

It's also National Nothing Day, set aside each year for people to sit around for the entire day and just hang out. No celebrating, observing or honoring anything.

It was created by newspaperman, Harold Pullman Coffin in 1972 and first celebrated in 1973.

Please do continue read today's postings.

January 16, 1932 -
Funny and definitely risque, Paramount released the Betty Boop animated short, Boop-Oop-A-Doop, on this date.

Please - don't take her boop-oop-a-doop away - Betty is supposed to be just 16.

January 16, 1959 -
I've lost the use of my heart, but I'm still alive.

Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer, was born on this date.

January 16, 1973 -
NBC-TV presented the 440th and final episode of Bonanza (which began airing on NBC on September 12, 1959) on this date.

For most of the series run, the main sponsor of Bonanza was Chevrolet and the stars occasionally appeared in commercials endorsing Chevrolet automobiles.

January 16, 1976 -
Peter Frampton's platinum live album, Frampton Comes Alive, was released by A&M Records on this date.

Frampton used a talkbox, a device hooked up to his guitar amp that allowed him to make distorted vocal sounds through a tube in his mouth. Other groups had success with the device around that time (Aerosmith used it on "Sweet Emotion" the year before), but Frampton became known for it because he played a talkbox solo on this. Every time he formed words, the crowd went nuts, especially when he sounded out "I want to thank you," which came out sounding like "I want to f*ck you."

Today in History:
January 16, 1547 -
Ivan IV was crowned Tsar of Russia. . He is better known by his nickname: Ivan the Terrible. He was the first king of Russia to call himself a Caesar, probably in the hopes that Shakespeare would write a play about him.

He couldn’t pronounce Caesar, however, so he simply called himself "zar," and subsequent arguments over whether that should be spelled czar, tsar, zar, or tzar became so heated that they eventually resulted in Russian History.

January 16, 1865 -
General William T. Sherman issues Special Field Order No. 15, entitling the household of each freed slave "a plot of no more than forty acres of tillable ground" along the Carolina coastline between Charleston and Jacksonville.

After the Confederate surrender, the Johnson administration makes a halfhearted attempt to follow through on the acreage, but all efforts to parcel out the land in question are abandoned just a few months later.

January 16, 1908 -

Ethel Merman, actress, singer and the woman who learned love at the hands of Ernest Borgnine, was born on this date.

January 16, 1920 -
Please save some of your brain cells on this upcoming long weekend of binge drinking,

and remember that Prohibition went into effect in the U.S. on this date.

January 16,1939 -
The McClure Syndicate began distributing a Superman newspaper comic strip, which lasts until 1966 on this date.

The strip written by Jerry Siegel had the first use of the name Krypton and Superman's parents being originally called Jor-L and Lora.

January 16, 1942 -
Raising money for the war, actress Carole Lombard, her mother, 18 passengers and three crew, were killed when their plane crashed into Mount Potosi, 32 miles southwest of Las Vegas.

Lombard was much loved for her unpretentious personality and well known for her earthy sense of humor and blue language.

January 16, 1965 -
You finally get control back of the vertical and horizontal of your television set - ABC-TV aired the final episode of The Outer Limits on this date.

When this episode originally aired, a live announcer spoke over the Control Voice's closing statement about returning "next week at this same time." The live announcer stated that The King Family Show would be seen "next week in this time period."

January 16, 1991 -
Operation Desert Storm commenced as Baghdad was pummeled live on CNN on this date. Targeted with smartbombs are "command and control facilities" and Saddam Hussein himself.

We seem to miss both, but did manage to kill about 100,000 Iraqi soldiers in the surreal bombardments that follow.

And so it goes.

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