Saturday, June 8, 2013

One year ago

I posted a video from PBS about what a fantastic dancer Mr. Rogers was.  Nature abhors a vacuum, so here's the next video with Mr. Rogers, getting down with his funky old self,

proving he has better moves than Jagger

June 8, 1968 -
The Rolling Stones released Jumpin' Jack Flash on this date.

As Keith Richards explained in Rolling Stone, he's very proud of his guitar part in this song. "When you get a riff like 'Flash,' you get a great feeling of elation, a wicked glee," he said. "I can hear the whole band take off behind me every time I play 'Flash' - there's this extra sort of turbo overdrive. You jump on the riff and it plays you. Levitation is probably the closest analogy to what I feel."

June 8, 1933 -
Certain key structural areas of Joan Alexandra Molinsky, comic and actress, were born on this date.

Her plastic surgeon Steven Hoefflin, can speak to the age of her other 'newer' parts.

Nancy Sinatra was born on this date (it would be impolite to say how old she is but she was born after 1933.)

Her boots must be made for endurance walking

June 8, 1946 -
Milkman keeps those bottles quiet!

The very funny Looney Tunes cartoon, Kitty Kornered, was released on this date.

It have a number of firsts going for it:
1.) It's the first appearance of Sylvester the Cat (as this point unnamed) in a Warner Bros. cartoon.
2.) It's the first pairing of Porky and Sylvester.

June 8, 1950 -
The Asphalt Jungle, the superb film noir directed by John Huston,was released on this date.

Both director John Huston and star Sterling Hayden were members of the Committee for the First Amendment, which stood against the blacklisting of alleged Communists working in the film industry during the Red Scare. Huston had never been a Communist, although Hayden at one point had been.

June 8, 1984 -
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

Ivan Reitman's comedy - horror film, Ghostbusters, premiered on this date.

The Stay-Puft marshmallow man was originally supposed to come up out of the water right next to The Statue of Liberty, to get a contrast of size, but the scene was too hard to shoot.

Today in History:
June 8, 632 -
According to tradition, the prophet Mohammed died on this date. He was the founder of Islam, and his death was the first in a long chain of events that ultimately resulted in the Treaty of Tordesillas. Whether he is at this very moment reclining on a soft couch somewhere in Paradise, being serviced by a high-bosomed virgin with dark eyes or consuming a handful of raisins is debatable.

And if you think I'm going to post a picture of the Prophet, you've got another thing coming.

June 8, 1810 -
Robert Schumann, the great composer during the Romantic period, was born on this date. Schuman was able to create a large amount of work while battling the twin demons of bi-polar disease and dementia brought on by mercury poisoning related to the treatment of syphilis, contracted in his teens.

For the last two years of his life, after an attempted suicide, Robert Schumann was confined to a mental institution at his own request.

You may now impress your friends with this info.

June 8 1869 -
Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago patented his sweeping machine (patent # 91,145,) the first suction vacuum cleaner, on this date.

This suggests that Chicago was famous for sucking long before the emergence of the Cubs.

June 8, 1928 -
On May 31, 1928, Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm, Harry Lyon and James Warner left Oakland California in a Fokker VIIb-3m, called the Southern Cross, to attempt the first flight across the Pacific.

Flying via Hawaii and Fiji, they reach Brisbane, Australia 7,389 miles away,  nine days later, on this date.

June 8, 1982 -
President Ronald Reagan became the first US chief executive to address the two houses of British Parliament on this day.

His assistants became slightly concerned with the President's facilities when Reagan mentioned to them, that he believed that scene went well but he could be more convincing in the next take. He also mentioned to them that he'd be having lunch with George Raft at the commissary.

And so it goes.

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