Thursday, November 14, 2013

We all need to celebrate Movember

Everyone favorite Canadian space man, Chris Hadfield, now has become truly awesome with An Astronaut's Guide to Movember



You don't have to be an astronaut to have an awesome moustache, but it helps.


November 14, 1966 -
Fran├žois Truffaut's foray into Science Fiction, Fahrenheit 451, opened in the US on this date.



Fran├žois Truffaut cast Oskar Werner, the star of his classic Jules and Jim, in the role of Guy Montag after Terence Stamp dropped out of the role, because he was uneasy at co-starring with Julie Christie, his former lover. Stamp also felt that Christie's appearing in dual roles would overshadow him. Truffaut came to regret his choice as he became dismayed by Werner's interpretation of the character and the two frequently clashed.


November 14, 1975 -
Queen released its fourth album A Night at the Opera on this date (There actually were other songs on the album besides Bohemian Rhapsody you know.)



While Queen was on tour in the US in 1976, they paid a visit to Groucho Marx. Groucho knew about an english band that named two of their albums after titles of two Marx films, "A Night at the Opera" and "A Day at the Races", and wanted to meet them. So Queen visited him and, presented his an autopgraphed copy of the Gold Record of the album.


November 14, 1980 -
One of the greatest films Martin Scorsese ever made, Raging Bull premiered in NYC on this date (I was actually at the premiere.)



When the real Jake LaMotta saw the movie, he said it made him realize for the first time what a terrible person he had been. He asked the real Vicki LaMotta "Was I really like that?". Vicki replied "You were worse."


November 14, 1988 -
The comedy series Murphy Brown, starring Candice Bergen premiered on CBS TV on this date.



According to an article which ran in Ladies Home Journal in March 2000, CBS initially wanted Heather Locklear to play the title role.


Today in History:
November 14, 1851 -
Harper & Brothers published Herman Melville's most famous novel, on this date.



Called Moby Dick, the tale is teeming with seamen, spermaceti, and rigid harpoons. Scholars continue to debate its symbolism. The British publisher accidentally left out the ending of the book, the epilogue. This confused a lot of British readers, because without the epilogue there was no explanation of how Ishmael, the narrator, lived to tell the tale. It seemed like he died in the end with everyone else on the ship. The reviews from Britain were harsh, and costly to Melville.



Oops.

In America, Moby-Dick sold for $1.50 but contained the epilog (the great savings were seen by leaving off the ue). At the time, Americans deferred to British critical opinion, and a lot of American newspaper editors reprinted reviews from Britain without actually reading the American version with the proper ending. One reviewer said the book wasn't worth more than 25 cents. It took only two weeks for the publisher to see that Moby-Dick would sell even fewer copies than Melville's previous books. In his lifetime, Melville's royalties added up to a total of about $10,000.



These days, college students buy 20,000 copies of Moby-Dick every year.



Melville said, "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."


November 14, 1889 -



Nellie Bly, the pen name of journalist Elizabeth Cochran, sailed from New York to begin her record-breaking 24,899-mile trip around the world--a journey that would end on January 25, 1890.



The around-the-world trip originated in an attempt to beat the Jules Verne's fictional hero Phineas Fogg's 80-day journey. Millions of people followed the adventures of the plucky reporter through stories posted back to the World at every stop. Tremendous celebrations greeted Nellie when she arrived in New York. Her trip lasted 72 days, six hours and eleven minutes - a record that would stand until the Graf Zeppelin circled the globe in 20 days, four hours and fourteen minutes in 1929.


November 14, 1908 -
Albert Einstein presented his quantum theory of light for the first time

while future Senator Joseph McCarthy was being born,

on this date, although not in the same room.

McCarthy's communist witch-hunts of the mid-twentieth century live in infamy despite the fact that they failed to uncover a single communist witch.



Einstein's quantum theory remains popular because people like the word quantum. In fact, Einstein's seldom-cited Law of Quantum Usage states that there is an inversely proportionate relationship between one's understanding of quantum theory and one's likelihood of discussing it.


November 14, 1940 -

The Nazi Luftwaffe's two-day blitz of Coventry, England, began on this date, killing several hundred people.



The German raids, codenamed Moonlight Sonata, destroyed much of the historical, English city.

Bad Nazis.


November 14, 1948 -
Charles Philip Arthur George (Mountbatten-Windsor), Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, Prince and Great Steward of Scotland, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen's Service Order, Royal Chief Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu, Member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty and heir to the throne of England, was born on this date.



Charles, as of April 21, 2011, was the heir apparent longer that his great great grandfather, Edward VII. Edward VII was heir apparent for 59 years, 2 months and 14 days.  Prince Charles can draw his state pension starting today


November 14, 1968 -
Today was National Turn In Your Draft Card Day - (the Vietnam death toll was fast approached 30,000 and US troop strength in Vietnam reached its peak of 550,000)



featuring burning your draft card hour.



And so it goes



There are 15 days until Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah.
There are 41 days until Christmas.

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