Thursday, June 13, 2013

He sure loves his drums

I hadn't noticed this before,

but Dave, like Johnny Carson before him, really likes the drums.

It's the feast day of Saint Anthony of Padua. One of the most beloved of saints, his images and statues are ubiquitous. Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on January 16, 1946, he is sometimes called the Evangelical Doctor.

He is especially invoked for the recovery of things lost (I've often wondered if M. Proust prayed to him); as well as against starvation, barrenness; patron of amputees, animals, boatmen, Brazil, diocese in Beaumont, Texas, domestic animals, the elderly, expectant mothers, faith in the Blessed Sacrament, Ferrazzano, fishermen, harvests, horses, lower animals, mail, mariners, oppressed persons, Padua, paupers, Portugal, sailors, scholars, sterility, swineherds, Tigua Indians, travel hostesses, travellers, and watermen.

Please take comfort in the fact the swineherds have a saint to pray to.

June 13, 1952 -
The seventh collaboration of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Pat and Mike, was released on this date.

Of the nine movies she made with Spencer Tracy, this was Katharine Hepburn's favorite.

June 13, 1962 -
Stanley Kubrick's take on Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, premiered on this date.

James Mason was the first choice of director Stanley Kubrick and producer James B. Harris for the role of Humbert Humbert, but he initially declined due to a Broadway engagement. Laurence Olivier then refused the part, apparently on the advice of his agents. Kubrick considered Peter Ustinov, but decided against him. Harris then suggested David Niven; Niven accepted the part, but then withdrew for fear the sponsors of his TV show, Four Star Playhouse, would object. Mason then withdrew from his play and got the part. Harris denies claims that Noel Coward also rejected the role.

June 13, 1967 -
Sean Connery made his fifth appearance as James Bond when You Only Live Twice, opened in the US on this date.

The face of Ernst Stavro Blofeld is shown for the first time in a movie. Of all the many actors who have played Blofeld, it is the interpretation by Donald Pleasence in this film which is the source for the Mike Myers parody of the character as Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movie spoofs. Blofeld appeared in later Bond movies, played by a different actor each time.

Today in History:
June 13, 323 BC (or June 11, who's to say, once again there was no dependable calendar. Most people involved in accurate record keeping were also involved in their active sodomy lifestyles) -
A youthful Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell or Richard Burton, take you pick) died in Babylon (NOT Long Island, smart ass) on this date.

The precise cause of his death has baffled modern science for thousands of years. Many historians believe he died of either malaria or hybris, also known as Syphilis or the Greek Fire.

Alexander had a horse named Bucephelas and is best known for having devoured the Gordian Nut.

June 13, 1381 -
In Medieval England, the famous Wat Tyler's Rebellion began, on this date.

Since most of you reading this don't live in England, most of you don't give a damn.

June 13, 1865
William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures in 20th century literature, was born on this date.

He was brother of the artist Jack Butler Yeats, the son of John Butler Yeats, and along with J. M. Synge and Sean O'Casey, was one of the driving forces behind the Irish Literary Revival. Together with Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn he founded Abbey Theatre, and served as its chief playwright.

June 13, 1886 -
The recently-deposed monarch of Bavaria wasn't having a great day today. Mad King Ludwig II, who wasn't so much mad as gay, had been under house arrest ever since his uncle, Prince Luitpold von Bayern, staged a coup a few days earlier, let it be known that he wasn't happy about his current situation.

That afternoon, the bodies of the King and his physician, Dr. Gudden, were discovered floating face-down in Lake Starnberg.

It's alway a problem when you're the King of Bavaria and your family can't accept your doctor's advice of a more active sodomy lifestyle.

June 13, 1917 -
18 German Gotha bomber planes flew over London in the first aerial bombardment in history (not counting Zeppelins). They were met by over 90 British fighters, but not one Gotha was brought down. This bombing raid caused 162 deaths.

On June 13, 1944, Germany commemorated the anniversary by launching the first of its V-1 flying bombs, also called the Doodlebug (Fieseler Fi-103), on southern England. Only one of the four missiles London saw that day caused any casualties, but a steady stream of V-1s causing severe damage and casualties fell on London in coming months.

On June 13, 1990, East Germany began officially tearing down the Berlin Wall. The date apparently has some significance in the Teutonic psyche.

Don't make any sudden moves when you come in contact with men in lederhosen.

June 13, 1920 -
The United States Postal Service ruled, on this date, that children may not be sent via Parcel Post. Before that, children had been clogging the mail chutes of America.

I wonder if the Postal Service could balance their books if they reversed course on this decision?

June 13, 1934 -
Two months before becoming Fuhrer, Hitler meets Mussolini in Venice. Unfortunately, Mussolini refuses to have an interpreter and his German is not good, so neither man can understand the other.

After a midnight gondola ride (or two), Mussolini begins to refer to the German leader as "a silly little monkey."

June 13, 1970 -
The Beatles had their last number one song, The Long and Winding Road, on this date.

In 2003, Apple Records released a new version of the album called Let It Be... Naked, with Phil Spector's production removed. For this song, a previously unreleased take was used when it was remixed. This version is what McCartney had in mind when he wrote the song.

June 13, 1971 -
Next to the White House wedding photo of President Nixon's daughter Tricia, the New York Times ran its first story on the Pentagon Papers, a top secret DoD analysis authored by the RAND Corporation detailing every mistake and deception made during the 30-year history of the Vietnam War.

Attorney General John Mitchell manages to block any further publication of the embarrassing documents, but the court order is countermanded two weeks later in a Supreme Court decision.

And so it goes.

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