Putin's favorite band has a new video out; The Russian Army Choir sing Get Lucky (the opening of this video has a very Frankie Goes to Hollywood kind of feel) -
They just need a Native American guy in assless chaps and the band would be complete.
November 9, 1946 -
Another classic Bugs Bunny outing, Rhapsody Rabbit, premiered on this date (We'll talk about the controversy later.)
A long-standing controversy exists between the previous cartoon and the Tom & Jerry short, The Cat Concerto (1946).
Both sides (WB & MGM) claim that theirs was the original, and the other was a rip-off. Nobody knows for sure who is correct and it is, of course, entirely conceivable that the similarities are pure coincidence.
November 9, 1951 -
The zenith of Hollywood Musical film making (I'll let you argue about whether this or Singing in the Rain is better), An American in Paris, opened in California on this date.
The 17-minute dance sequence at the end took a month to film. It cost half a million dollars.
November 9, 1964 -
Another under-appreciated film that you should see, The Pumpkin Eater, opened in the US on this date.
Patricia Neal was offered the lead, but it was not 100% confirmed she would get the role. She then opted, to her later regret, to make Psyche 59, which bombed.
Today in History:
November 9, 1906 -
Teddy Roosevelt went against more than a century of tradition and became the first American president ever to leave the country while in office, on this date. He went to view the construction site of the Panama Canal.
Before Roosevelt, it was assumed that a President of the United States couldn't oversee the country effectively if he traveled abroad. It would take too long for him to communicate with government officials back home. But with the invention of the telegraph and then the telephone, high speed communication had grown much more feasible.
Although, King Louis (Mel Brooks) said, "It's good to be the king", it must have been a blast to be Teddy.
November 9, 1938 -
Today is the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass, literally, "Night of Crystal",) when waves of violent anti-Jewish pogroms took place throughout Germany and surrounding German territories. The incident was sparked after Herschel Grynszpan, a a 17-year-old Polish Jew, killed Ernst vom Rath, a Nazi diplomat, on November 7, 1938.
The Nazis began burning and vandalizing Jewish businesses, homes, synagogues and schools. More than 100 Jews were killed, and Nazi forces arrested more than 30,000 Jewish men over two days, sending most of them to concentration camps; many of the men were later released after promising to leave the country. The violence marks the unofficially beginning of the holocaust.
November 9, 1953 -
Sometimes it is not good to be a drunken Welsh poet.
November 9, 1965 -
The Northeast Blackout of 1965 was a major power outage affecting Canada and Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York and New Jersey in the United States on this date.
Around 25 million people and 80,000 square miles were left without electricity for up to twelve hours. Although human error was the official blame, there is another theory that UFO's visiting the Northeast were to blame.
That explains so much.
November 9, 1967 -
First issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published on this date.
When a government statement that crossing of the border would be permitted was broadcast on November 9, 1989, masses of East Germans approached and then crossed the wall, and were joined by crowds of West Germans in a celebratory atmosphere.
The Wall was subsequently destroyed by a euphoric public over a period of several weeks, and its fall was the first step toward German reunification, which was formally concluded on October 3, 1990.
The French are still casting a leery eye at their reunified neighbor.
November 9, 2346 -
Romulans commit an atrocity now known as the Khitomer Massacre, slaughtering over 4,000 Klingons on an agricultural colony on this date.
And so it goes
There are 19 days until Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah.(It seems I lost count yesterday)
There are 46 days until Christmas.