Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Let the tributes begin!

(I'm having some technical difficulties - I post some of today's update now and the rest in a few hours.)

In their effort bid Dave a fond adieu, The Simpsons made this special couch gag introduction honoring the famed cantankerous host.

BTW, when was the last time anybody watched the Simpsons?

Happy Birthday Siddhartha Gautama (if you're in Japan - maybe.)

Otherwise, just calculate the first full moon day of the sixth month of the Buddhist lunar calendar, which would be the fourth month of the Chinese calendar, except in years in which there's an extra full moon, and then Buddha's birthday falls in the seventh month. Well, except where it starts a week earlier. And in Tibet it's usually a month later.

Hey - this is Zen

April 8, 1979 -
The 204th and final episode of All in the Family, Too Good Edith, aired on this date.

The series would come back in the fall in the less successful offering, Archie's Place.

April 8, 1990 -
It wasn't a very good day for Laura Palmer - The cult series Twin Peaks, the series about cherry pie and Damn fine cup o' coffee!, premiered on ABC-TV on this date.

The character of Bob came about when David Lynch had a sudden image of set decorator Frank Silva hidden in Laura Palmer's room. Lynch filmed the infamous shot of Silva hiding behind Laura's bed without any idea of what he would use it for. Later, when filming a shot of Sarah Palmer (Grace Zabriskie) sitting up and screaming, Lynch noticed that Silva's reflection was visible in the shot, purely by accident. Lynch then came up with the idea of BOB as an other-worldly spirit, giving birth to the series mythology.

Today in History:
It's a bad day for rulers -
April 8, 217 -
Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Antoniius) Roman emperor (188 – 217) was murdered by one of his guards with a single sword stroke while defecating .

Not a pleasant way to go.

April 8, 1143 -
John II Comnenus Emperor of Byzantium (1118-43), died when he was accidentally infected by a poisoned arrow while out hunting.

I hate when that happens

April 8, 1364 -
John II the Good, King of France (1350-64), died at 44 after a night of heavy drinking in London.

You may ask what the King of France was doing, drinking in London - that's another story.

April 8, 1498 -
Charles VIII
the affable, King of France (1483-98), died in a freak tennis accident -

striking himself on the head while passing through a doorway, leaving the tennis court. A few hours later, he fell into a sudden coma and died.

Tennis - it's an extreme sport.

April 8, 1820 -
The famous marble sculpture, The Venus de Milo, was discovered on the island of Milos by Yorgos Kentrotas and a French naval officer, Jules Dumont d'Urville on this date.

The Marquis de Rivière presented it to Louis XVIII, who donated it to the Louvre the following year. The complete arms were never found.

April 8, 1832 -
Some 300 American troops of the 6th Infantry, lead by Brigadier General Henry Atkinson left Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, to confront the Sauk Indians in what would become known as the Black Hawk War, on this date.

This is one of history's funny coincidences, in which Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis led troops on the same side - Lincoln as a captain of militia, Davis as a lieutenant of Regulars.

Impress the habitués of your local tavern.

April 8, 1950 -
Vaslav Fomich Nijinsky
, one of the most gifted male dancers in history - celebrated for his virtuosity and for the depth and intensity of his characterizations, died on this date, in a psychiatric hospital.

No film exists of Nijinsky dancing. Sergei Diaghilev never allowed his ballet company, the Ballets Russes, to be filmed. He felt that the quality of film at the time could never capture the artistry of his dancers and that the reputation of the company would suffer if people saw it only in short jerky films.

April 8, 1973 -
...Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink any more....

Pablo Ruiz Picasso
, one of the most recognized figures in twentieth-century art, he is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the wide variety of styles embodied in his work and sleeping with almost anything that moved, died on this date.

April 8, 1974 -
The largest crowd in Braves history (53,775) watched Hank Aaron break Babe Ruth's home run record on  this date with a hit in the 4th inning off Los Angeles pitcher Al Downing. The ball landed in the Braves bullpen where reliever Tom House caught it.

While cannons were firing in celebration and Aaron rounded the bases, two college students appeared and ran alongside of him before security stepped in.

April 8, 1994 -
Kurt Colbain's body was found three days after committing suicide with a shotgun.

That was probably not a pretty sight (I won't even mention the smell - definitely not teen spirit.)

And so it goes. 

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