This is what happened during a Paul McCartney concert in Brazil this past week -
At least the plague of blood wasn't visited upon him - that's wouldn't have been pretty.
It's International Frog Jumping Day - Frog Jumping Day celebrates Mark Twain's 'jumping frog' which made him famous.
The short story was first published in 1865 as Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog while Twain was still a struggling journalist in California - and two years later it was the main attraction of his first book. He never wrote another short story that had such widespread appeal and was so popular.
May 13, 1950 -
Steveland Morris Hardaway, musician was born prematurely, on this day. Too much oxygen in the incubator caused the baby to become permanently blind.
At the age of ten, Little Stevie Wonder, as he was called by Berry Gordy at Motown, was discovered singing and playing the harmonica. He had many hits during his teens including Fingertips and as an adult he has earned an Oscar and at least sixteen Grammy Awards.
It's too bad the whole blindness thing has held him back.
May 13, 1966 -
Rolling Stones released Paint it Black, in the UK on this date.
The Stones former manager Allen Klein owns the publishing rights to this. In 1965, The Stones hired him and signed a deal they would later regret. With Klein controlling their money, The Stones signed over the publishing rights to all the songs they wrote up to 1969. Every time this is used in a commercial or TV show, Klein gets paid.
May 13, 1970 -
The Beatles' final movie, Let It Be, received its U.S. premiere, in New York City theaters on this date.
Let It Be earned the Beatles their only Academy Award, when they won the 1970 Oscar for Best Original Song Score. In spite of this, it had already been reworked by Phil Spector for the soundtrack LP. That finished result led to some dissatisfaction by Paul McCartney and was cited by many as one of the reasons for the groups' break up.
May 13, 1988 -
Assassins, gangsters, and enraged mobs of the past have employed a wide variety of methods to silence their victims. One such method involves chucking people out of windows, an act known as defenestration. A very rare way to shut yourself up involves self-defenestration.
Chet Baker, heroin addict and world famous jazz trumpet player, while on a successful world tour, died in Amsterdam after "falling" from a hotel window.
May 13, 2004 -
The last episode of Frasier aired on TV following an 11-year run on NBC-TV on this date.
In the pilot episode, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and his father, Martin (John Mahoney) have a fight over Frasier just wanting to hear "thank you" from Martin for allowing him to move in. Before Martin hugs Frasier goodbye in this episode, his line is "Thank you, Frasier."
Today in History:
May 13, 1497 -
Pope Alexander VI excommunicated Girolamo Savonarola for heresy on this date.
May 13, 1568 -
At the Battle of Langside, Mary Queen of Scots was defeated by the English, on this date.
May 13, 1637 -
The table knife was created by Cardinal Richelieu in France, on this date.
May 13, 1787 -
The first fleet of ships carrying convicted criminals left England en route to a new British prison called Australia.
May 13, 1846 -
The United States, under President James Polk, declared that a state of war already existed against Mexico, two months after fighting began, on this date.
This was in response to an incident where the Mexican cavalry surrounded a scouting party of American dragoons. $10 million was appropriated for war expenses by Congress. There are some in Arizona that haven't heard that the hostilities have long since ended.
May 13, 1913 -
The latest brainchild of Russian aircraft design genius Igor Sikorsky embarks on its maiden flight on this date.
The Grand, easily the world's most luxurious passenger plane, includes such innovations as upholstered seats, a balcony, and even a lavatory (you just didn't want to live under the flight path.)
May 13, 1917-
Three small children in Fatima, Portugal receive the first of six visitations from the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, on this date, (being a former altar boy and on the other side of 50, I'm hedging my bets and making no jokes about the Virgin Mary.)
May 13, 1981 -
A delusional Turk shot Pope John Paul II four times in St. Peter's Square, (the pope survived after emergency surgery.) Mehmet Ali Agca believed:
a.) that the Vatican is an abomination before God,
b.) the pope was a representation of capitalism, and
c.) both must be destroyed.
19 years later, the Church will disclose that the assassination attempt was foretold in 1917, as part of the third secret of Fatima. (Like how we tied both those item together.) It must have been a comfort to John Paul II when he lay dying, Agca sent him his best wishes.
This may all be on the test
And so it goes.