Today's holiday special: more Rat Pack Christmas
December 13, 303 -
It the feast of St. Lucy (Santa Lucia) today.
Oh those wacky early Christians.
December 13, 1975 -
Richard Pryor hosted NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live on this date. Fearing Pryor would say things that were too offensive for television at the time, the show was placed on seven-second delay for the very first time
As mentioned in the opening sketch, Pryor requested that Garrett Morris say "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" instead of Chevy Chase. Morris' was the only cast member besides Chase to say it during the entire season.
Today in History:
December 13, 1577 -
Sir Francis Drake set out on a three year (and not three hour) long journey around the world, on this date. He had started his career as a sailor in the slave trading business, but after some run-ins with the Spanish, he decided to devote his life to taking vengeance on the Spanish by disrupting their trade routes.
He became a semi-official pirate for Queen Elizabeth I, plundering Spanish ships, gathering intelligence about their naval activities and creating delicious little dessert cakes.
December 13, 1809 -
The first successful abdominal surgery procedure was performed in the US. Dr. Ephraim McDowell removed a 22 pound (about 10 kg) tumor from the ovary of Jane Todd Crawford. Crawford had previously been misdiagnosed as being pregnant with twins. The surgery was performed without anesthetic or antiseptics, but Crawford made a complete and quick recovery.
December 13, 1928 -
The Clip-on tie was invented on this date. Productivity soars as time lost in tying knots is made up and accidental strangulation rates drop as fewer workers ties are caught in the gears.
December 13, 1973 -
Claude Vorilhon, former French race car driver, began the Rael movement in France on this date.
Vorilhon said that he was instructed to take the name Rael and spread the news that humans were placed on Earth by extraterrestrials who had engineered our DNA. In 1997 Rael founded Clonaid, a company dedicated to cloning people. In 2001 the Raelian movement numbered about 55,000 members world-wide.
The French, they are a funny race.
Christmas Trivia -
In the United States, the earliest known mention of a Christmas tree is in the diary of a German who settled in Pennsylvania.
Don't even ask about the legacy of Prince Albert and tight trousers.
Before you go, Nick Lowe has recorded a brand new Christmas CD,
Nick's album, Quality Street is on sale now
And so it goes.