It's Elmo's Birthday!
Remember, Elmo didn't do a damn thing
Another wonderful parody by Sesame Street: Upside Downton Abbey
I'm still left wondering what happened to the crumpets?
February 3, 1945 -
Walt Disney's The Three Caballeros, premiered in the US, on the date.
The film was produced as part of the studio's contribution to the Good Neighbor policy towards South America
February 3, 1951 -
Another great Sylvester cartoon, Canned Feud, premiered on this date.
This cartoon is particularly violent for the series and for a Sylvester cartoon in particular.
February 3, 1956 -
It's Nathan Lane's birthday today.
Pound for pound, one of the funniest guest on a talk show.
Today in History:
February 3, 1468 -
About 600 years ago a child was born in the city of Mainz, in what is today Germany. His name was Johannes Gutenberg. He worked as a goldsmith and gem cutter until finally converting a wine press into a printing press.
He printed 200 copies of the Bible and gradually went broke. He died on this date.
Lesser known to history is the name of Edgar Weasle-Puck, the Englishman who developed a printing press at around the same time as Gutenberg. Instead of printing Bibles, however, Weasle-Puck ran off 500 copies of Lewde & Graffical Engravingf of Perfonf Not Wearing Any Clothef. He made a small fortune, changed his name, purchased an Earldom, and moved to southern France, where he spent the rest of his days eagerly awaiting the invention of the lower-case "s."
February 3, 1882 -
I could not make this up if I wanted to do so.
February 3, 1913 -
In one of the blackest days in U.S. history, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on this date. This amendment created the income tax.
The United States broke diplomatic relations with Germany on February 3, 1917. The Germans were very upset by this and tried to make America jealous by flirting with Mexico. Britain overheard Germany's sweet talk and told America everything she'd heard. Unfortunately for Germany, however, it didn't make America jealous. It made America angry. A few months later the United States declared war on Germany.
February 3, 1927 -
Every Man and Every Woman Is a Star - Aleister Crowley
Kenneth Anger, American underground avant-garde film-maker, author of the book Hollywood Babylon and professional Dan Rather impersonator, was spawned on this date.
February 3, 1944 -
Robert Stevenson's classic presentation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, was released on this date. (Look for Elizabeth Taylor in an uncredited role in the film.)
Orson Welles did enough work behind the scenes that the production company offered him a producer credit, which he turned down. Welles's official reason for this is a belief that a person who is not directing the film shouldn't be "just" a producer.
February 3, 1959 -
The Day the Music Died:
A small plane carrying The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson), Buddy Holly and Richie Valens crashes near Mason City, Iowa, while en route to a show in Fargo, North Dakota. Richardson had developed a case of the flu during the tour (erroneously thought to have been caused by riding on the unheated bus) and asked one of Holly's bandmates, Waylon Jennings, for his seat on the plane; Jennings agreed to give up the seat. According to an account by Jennings years later, when Holly heard about this, his reply to Jennings was, "Well, I hope your ole bus freezes up!" to which Jennings replied, "Well, I hope your damn plane crashes!" This exchange of words, though made in jest at the time, haunted Jennings for many years afterward.
Dion DiMucci of Dion &The Belmonts, who was the fourth headliner on the tour, was approached to join the flight as well; however, the price of $36 was too much. Dion had heard his parents argue for years over the $36 rent for their apartment and could not bring himself to pay an entire month's rent for a short plane ride.
February 3, 1971 -
New York Police Officer Frank Serpico was shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn on this date and survives to later testify against police corruption.
Many believe the incident proves that NYPD officers tried to kill him.
And so it goes