Today is the holiday of Robigalia, honoring the god Robigus. The purpose of the holiday was to prevent mildew from ruining crops. Dog and sheep sacrifices were encouraged to honor Robigus. (I didn't suggest this, the ancient Romans did)
It's also Malaria Awareness Day
Malaria Awareness Day, designated on this date by President George W. Bush in 2007, to remind people that Malaria kills 3,000 children a day. He asked the world to join the fight to wipe out malaria on the African continent.
So I encourage all Americans to begin heavily drinking Gin and Tonics to honor the day (While I am a Bombay Sapphire man, I am not affiliated in anyway with that fine brand - not that I wouldn't consider any offers, I'd suggest using Tanqueray. I believe it goes better with the Tonic.)
April 25, 1917 –
Ella Jane Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century, was born on this date.
Ella Fitzgerald’s life was the quintessential American success story. Through 58 years of performing, 13 Grammys and more than forty million records sold, she elevated swing, bebop, and ballads to their highest potential.
April 25, 1959 -
The Fleetwoods hit no. 1 with their recording of Come Softly to Me on this date.
The original title of this song Come Softly, was changed because Dolphin (later Dolton) Records owner Bob Reisdorff feared that AM radio DJs would think it to be too suggestive. He was being extra-cautious, Dolphin Records was formed by the Seattle DJ for the sole purpose of distributing Fleetwoods records.
Remember kids, don't dance so close. Leave room for the Holy Spirit.
Today in History:
April 25, 1507 -
At a small college in Eastern France, German geographer Martin Waldseemüller published a map with the region of the world commonly referred to as “the New World” labeled as “America” for the first time ever in a book entitled Cosmographiae Introductio on this date.
In the book, Waldseemüller credited Amerigo Vespucci with discovering the continent. The amount of money that make have changed hand is uncertain but Columbus was said to be quite pissed.
April 25, 1792 -
French highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier was beheaded by the guillotine, after extensive testing during its development with corpses and sheep, making him its first victim on this date. The speed that the guillotine worked as quick as lightening and in the twinkling of an eye - it was over.
April 25, 1926 -
The premiere of Giacomo Puccini's opera, Turandot was at La Scala, Milan, on this date, one year and five months after Puccini's death. It was conducted by Arturo Toscanini.
Turandot was unfinished at the time of Puccini's death and was later completed by Franco Alfano.
April 25, 1947 -
Harry S. Truman officially opened the two-lane White House bowling alley on this day.
April 25, 1963 -
The bronze statue of The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) is Denmark's most visited tourist attraction. The statue was unveiled on August 23, 1913 at it's current location in Copenhagen Harbor. It gives hope to the Danes when they are not pining for the Fjords.
April 25, 1972 -
... And if you covered him with garbage, George Sanders would still have style....
George Sanders actor and husband of not one but two Gabor sisters, killed himself, leaving this great suicide note: "Dear World, I am leaving you because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool - good luck," on this date.
Short and to the point.
April 25, 1980 -
In Iran, a commando mission to rescue hostages was aborted after mechanical problems disabled three of the eight helicopters involved. During the evacuation, a helicopter and a transport plan collided and exploded. Eight U.S. servicemen were killed on this date.
The mission was aimed at freeing American hostages that had been taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979.
And on a personal note - still as lovely as ever, Andrea once again is celebrating her 39th birthday.
And so it goes
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