Today is the Festival of Ishar - She is an ancient fertility goddess and a goddess of war. She spends half her time on earth, while the earth is in bloom and animals are fecund and the other after of the year locked in the lower world.
Today is also Good Friday (also known as, Great Friday, Holy Friday or Long Friday)
(In China, the ever literal minded Chinese refer to the day as Jesus' Crucifixion Day)
Another court ordered PSA from your friends at ACME:
So remember -Ask Your Doctor about Tacos
March 29, 1943 -
We've discovered that the less we do, the more money we make.
Eric Idle, comedian and composer, made his first public appearance at Harton Hospital, South Shields, England on this date.
March 29, 1959 -
Billy Wilder 's film, Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, premiered on this date.
Supposedly when Orry-Kelly was measuring all three stars for dresses, he half-jokingly told Marilyn Monroe, "Tony Curtis has a nicer butt than you," at which point Monroe pulled open her blouse and said, "Yeah, but he doesn't have tits like these!"
March 29, 1975 -
Labelle's song Lady Marmalade (psst, it's about New Orleans prostitutes) hit no. #1 on this date.
This was originally recorded by the Disco group The Eleventh Hour, which was made up of studio musicians and featured Kenny Nolan's vocals. Labelle recorded the song at the suggestion of their producer Allen Toussaint, who recorded it with the group in New Orleans at his Sea-Saint studios.
Today in History:
Georges Seurat died on March 29, 1891. Mr. Seurat was a dotty artist who painted the world as he saw it.
Sadly, his eye condition was never treated.
March 29, 1932 -
A vaudeville comedian made his radio debut, saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is Jack Benny talking. There will be a slight pause while you say, 'Who cares?' "
The eternally 39 year old Benjamin Kubelsky premiered on his weekly radio show which ran from 1932 to 1948 on NBC and from 1948 to 1955 on CBS, and was consistently among the most highly rated programs during most of that run.
March 29, 1951 -
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are both convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. While Julius probably pass along secrets to the Soviets, recently declassified documents show that none of them lead to the development of the Russian nuclear weapons.
Ethel, unfortunately, is another matter. The same declassified document show that the government never believed that Ethel had anything to do with the case and the prosecution led by the lovely Roy Cohn wanted to use her as a 'lever' to pressure Julius into giving up the names of others who were involved.
Isn't sibling love grand?
March 29, 1977 -
Lee Harvey Oswald's best friend, and coincidentally a friend of both Jackie Kennedy and George HW Bush, Dallas socialite George de Mohrenschildt died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the mouth, on this date.
It is likely he was going to be called to testify before the House Select Committee on Assassinations.
March 29, 1979 -
A U.S. House of Representatives committee report finds that John F. Kennedy's assassination was the result of a conspiracy.
March 29, 1992 -
Arkansas Governor and Presidential candidate Bill Clinton told the New York Times on this date: "When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it. I didn't inhale, and never tried it again."
Strangely, the POTUS and Monica Lewinsky had an 'encounter' on this date in 1997. It would be their final 'liaison'.
But remember, he did not have sexual relations with that woman.
And so it goes.
Before you go - check out the next video from the folks at Mental Floss -
45 Odd Facts About US Presidents