Sunday, June 16, 2013

Did you remember to send Dad a card?

Remember that when your kids tell you that you're the world's greatest dad, their frame of reference is limited

I hope all of you fathers, stepfathers, fathers to be, mothers who are the fathers to their kids and fathers (but you don't know it) have a great Father's Day today.

June 16, 1956 -
Gene Vincent (Capitol Record's answer to Elvis Presley) and the Bluecaps'(so named after Ike's golf cap) Be-Bop-A-Lula, was released on this date.

Recorded in Nashville on May 4, 1956, this was released as the B-side of Vincent's first single, a provocative number called "Woman Love." Radio stations in the United States wanted nothing to do with "Woman Love," and the BBC banned it, so Capitol flipped the sides and put out "Be-Bop-a-Lula" as the A-side; for some reason the scandalous "Woman Love" was deemed inoffensive when relegated to a B-side.

June 16, 1960 -
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho opened in New York on this date.

One of the reasons Alfred Hitchcock shot the movie in black and white was he thought it would be too gory in color. But the main reason was that he wanted to make the film as inexpensively as possible (under $1 million). He also wondered if so many bad, inexpensively made, b/w "B" movies did so well at the box office, what would happen if a really good, inexpensively made, b/w movie was made.

Today in History:
June 16 1750 BC -
King Hammurabi died in Babylon on this date and was succeeded by his son Samsu-iluna.

I know you're saying to yourself, "Who cares?". Well, now that you know. (If you have a Sixth Grader, they'll need to care.)

June 16, 1556 -
Keep this in mind: Always read your Fodors guide before traveling.

Pedro Fernandes Sardinha, the first bishop of Bahia did not and he encountered some unpleasant results. The good bishop was shipwrecked between the rivers Sao Francisco and Cururipu and murdered by the indigenous natives there, on this date.

Had he read his guide book, he would have learned that;

a.) he should not wear chimichurri sauce as a cologne and
b.) the Caytes of the Brazilian coast ate the crews of every wrecked Portuguese ship they found.

Besides the first Bishop of Bahia, the obviously very hungry Indians also ate two Canons, the Procurator of the Royal Portuguese Treasury, two pregnant women and several children.

Who knew Portuguese was finger lickin' good?

June 16, 1858 -
More than 1,000 Republican delegates met in the Springfield, Illinois, statehouse for the Republican State Convention. By late afternoon, they chose Abraham Lincoln as their candidate for the U.S. Senate, running against Democrat Stephen A. Douglas.

Later that evening, Lincoln delivered this address to his Republican colleagues in the Hall of Representatives. The title comes a sentence from the speech's introduction, "A house divided against itself cannot stand," which paraphrases a statement by Jesus in the New Testament.

If only Lincoln had read his Scriptures a little more closely he would have uncovered the passage that had confused many biblical scholars, "Hey Abe, Don't go to Ford's Theatre on Good Friday."

June 16, 1890 -
British comedian Arthur Stanley Jefferson (Stan Laurel), was born on this date. He acted in 190 films (many of them with his partner Oliver Hardy) and was awarded a Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1961.

He died in 1965 from a heart attack. At Laurel's funeral, Buster Keaton said, "Chaplin wasn't the funniest, I wasn't the funniest, this man was the funniest."

June 16, 1904 -
Happy Bloomsday! The straight-A English majors will greet one another joyously. Yes - yes - yes! they'll titter. It will all be terrific fun.

They'll feel smart and proud and better than the rest of us (and you again can feel morally superior for knowing it), and now you know why.

June 16, 1958 -
Imre Nagy, once prime minister of Hungary for all of ten days, was executed by the Soviet Union for attempting to withdraw his country from the Warsaw Pact on this date.

It is said that Nikita Khrushchev had Nagy executed, "as a lesson to all other leaders in socialist countries."

That'll learn em.

June 16, 1959 -
While entertaining friends at his home, George Reeves (Ben Affleck), who played the title character in the original Superman TV series, goes upstairs to his bedroom and commits suicide with a 9mm German Luger.

This has been hotly debated and it is now believe that the irate husband of a B movie actress Reeves was sleeping with, shot the actor in his home.

June 16, 1961 -
This may be a shock to some of you readers but some male ballet dancers engage in an active sodomy lifestyle. Rudolf Nureyev was a major buggerer, much to the consternation of both the Kirov management and the Russian political authorities. In the Kirov's first-ever appearance in Paris in 1961, Nureyev was an outstanding success, yet his defiance of company regulations about mingling with foreigners, provoked a command return to Moscow.

Rudolf Nureyev defected from the Kirov Ballet at Le Bourget Airport in France while he was on the verge of flying back to USSR on this date. Within five days, Nureyev embarked on a six-month season with the international Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, dancing the Prince and the Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty.

June 16, 1963 -
Valentina Tereshkova, piloting the Vostok 6, became the first woman to travel in space.

With her single flight, she logged more flight time than the combined times of all American astronauts who had flown before that date.

June 16, 1976 -
20,000 schoolchildren take to the streets of Soweto to protest South Africa's adoption of bilingual instruction in the Afrikaans language.

The nonviolent march ends abruptly when police and soldiers open fire on the crowd, killing 600 and igniting days of rioting throughout the region.

June 16, 1999 -
The founder of the United Kingdom's Monster Raving Loony Party, one Screaming Lord Sutch (real name David Edward Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow), was found hanged at his late mother's residence on this date. Sutch was the longest lasting party leader in the UK at the time of his death, ruled a suicide.

One of the Loony Party planks was to ask rhetorically, "Why is there only one Monopolies Commission?"

And so it goes.

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