Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy Internet Week

Yahoo is going to pay $1 billion to purchase Tumblr.

Think about this for a moment - that's a huge amount of money for porno and pictures of dessert.

May 20, 1967 -
BBC disc jockey Kenny Everett gave the official preview of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the radio show Where It's At, broadcast on the BBC Light Program on this date.

He was unable to play the final track A Day in the Life, which the BBC had banned a day earlier due to drug references.

May 20, 1982 -
The last episode of the series Barney Miller aired on this date.

The final episode had to be taped twice. The cast was so emotional that they often choked up or cried during the first taping so it had to be re-taped.

May 20, 1993 -
The last episode of the series Cheers aired on this date.

Ted Danson (Sam "Mayday" Malone), Rhea Perlman (Carla Tortelli) and George Wendt (Hillary Norman "Norm" Peterson) are the only actors to appear in all 273 episodes of the series.

Today in History:
Honore de Balzac was born in France on May 20, 1799 (or May 19th.) The exact date could not be determined as all of France had just started on a drinking binge that has only recently just ended. Balzac created a vast body of literature that he called La Com├ędie Humaine (“A Vast Body of Literature”).

It consisted of dozens of novels, short stories, and plays interwoven with many of the same characters, places, events, horses, etc. One of his most popular characters was the brilliant and big-hearted Dr. Bianchon. It is rumored that Balzac’s dying words were, “If Bianchon were here, he would save me!

The anecdote is probably apocryphal, as Balzac didn’t speak English.

May 20 1867 -
Queen Victoria laid the foundation stones in the Royal Albert Hall on this date.

Two thoughts immediately came to mind:
a.) Who thought she would do it in the road?
b.) Wow, Keith Richards is really old.

May 20, 1873
Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent (#139121) for blue jeans with copper rivets.

18 years later, on this date, George Sampson patents the clothes dryer. It's just that simple.

May 20, 1921 -
Marie Curie was presented with a gram of Radium (worth $100,000) at the White House, in Washington, D.C. on this date.

(Warren G. Harding approach Madame Curie and informed her that the broom closet in his office was free.  Madame Curie, ever mindful of Mrs. Harding, correctly declined.) At the time, the good doctor was riddled with cancer from her research, an ounce of pot would have been a more auspicious gift from our government.

May 20, 1927 -
Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, N.Y., at 7:40 AM aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France on this date.

Little did he know that he would become an Isolationalist, Neo-Nazi and Whore-Monger in the intervening years. Had he known, he may have stayed in the midwest and never ventured out to Europe.

May 20, 1944 -
Mad dogs and Englishmen celebrate this day as a national holiday.

was born on this date.

May 20, 1946 -
Cherilyn Sarkisian, pop singer-songwriter, Academy Award, Grammy Award, Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and a People's Choice Award winner was born on this date.

Wig manufacturer's everywhere celebrate this day as an international holiday. (I don't wish to be rude but it's been a few years since Cher was eligible for Medicare.)

May 20, 1956 -
The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped from the air was exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific (Operation Redwing), but it was a much earlier (July 1, 1946,) non-aerial atomic detonation that originally inspired the bikini swimsuit.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, $90 million has been appropriated by Congress "to be used by the Bikinians to clean up their atoll" since 1990. How embarrassing must it have been for the guy who had to call the Bikinians and tell them we had soiled their atoll—that we wanted to help them clean their filthy atoll?

(Which isn't to say it'd be a cakewalk being called a Bikinian.)

May 20, 1960 -
Music DJ Alan Freed, originator of the term "Rock and Roll," is indicted in New York in the Payola scandal.

Freed had accepted $30,650 from five record companies to play their records, although to be fair "pay for play" was the accepted practice up to that point.

May 20, 1989 -
The Chinese government imposed martial law on Beijing on this date, in response to student-led protests that had brought millions of people onto the streets.

The demonstrations continued, however, until the brutal military crackdown on June 3 and 4 in Tiananmen Square, in which thousands of Chinese dissidents were killed by the Chinese military. In a June 9 speech, Deng Xiaoping announced that the government had suppressed a "counterrevolutionary rebellion" in which the "dregs of society" had tried to "establish a bourgeois republic entirely dependent on the West."

I'm still not winning any friends with the Chinese Government.

May 20, 1989 -
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end.

Gilda Radner, Emmy Award winning American comedienne and actress, best known for her five years as part of the original cast of the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live, died at 42 of ovarian cancer on this date.

And so it goes

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