Saturday, April 20, 2013
Hopefully, everyone in Boston slept more easily, last night
You'd better celebrate it this year in NYC - there aren't that many Record Stores left. Once again, do yourself a favor and go to your local record shop (Yes kids, music sometimes is sold on vinyl) and buy something - your ears will thank you for it.
If you or your kid cuts work or practice today, lock up the snacks. They may come home with a case of the munchies (and celebrate record store day.)
If they were out celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Klara Hitler's bouncing baby little evil bastard named Adolf on this date in 1889, smack them hard across the back of the head.
If they were celebrating the anniversary of the Columbine attack, have them talk to Brian,
That's all we're gonna say.
April 20, 1977 -
Annie Hall, at 93 minutes, the shortest color film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar, premiered on this date (Marty, in glorious B & W was 91 minutes.)
The first rough cut ran 2 hours and 20 minutes. One scene cut from the film is a fantasy sequence of Annie and Alvy visiting hell. This scene was rewritten 20 years later for Woody Allen's film Deconstructing Harry.
Today in History:
April 20, 1233 -
Pope Gregory IX placed the Inquisition, in existence since 1227, under the aegis of the Dominican Order on this date. Torture is apparently sometimes necessary to save souls, and the office continues to exist today as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
And until a few years ago, the congregation was headed by Prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
April 20, 1979 -
President Jimmy Carter was attacked by a Killer Swamp Rabbit, while on vacation in Plains GA on this date. The rabbit swam menacingly towards him, and he had to repel the ferocious creature with a paddle. There were no injuries.
Press Secretary Jody Powell leaked the story to the press, and the White House had a lot of explaining to do.
April 20, 1992 -
Alone in his apartment watching TV, British comedic legend Benny Hill suffered a fatal heart attack on this date.
His bloated toupee-less body with his underwear around his ankles were found four days later
April 20, 2010 -
While drilling at the Macondo Prospect, an explosion on the rig, Deepwater Horizon, caused by a blowout which killed 11 crewmen and ignited a fireball visible from 35 miles away. The resulting fire could not be extinguished and, on this date, Deepwater Horizon sank, leaving the well gushing at the sea floor and causing the largest offshore oil spill in United States history.
BP announced on April 18, 2012 that it has reached a class-action settlement with attorneys representing thousands of businesses and individuals who made claims after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Still to be approved by the Federal judge presiding over the case, BP estimates that it will total about $7.8 billion, including associated costs and expenses. The case is far from over and the final cost to BP will probably be higher.
And so it goes