Thursday, November 26, 2015

Remember, it's about 20 minutes per pound for a frozen turkey ...

and 15 minute for a fresh one.

November 26, 1789 -
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. 

The first national Thanksgiving Day was observed in the United States in 1789, when recommended by President George Washington and approved by Congress on this date.

The holiday wouldn't become an annual event until 1863 and wouldn't be signed into law until 1941 when US President Franklin D. Roosevelt made it an official, national holiday.

November 26, 1942 -
One of the classic films of the 40s, Casablanca, premiered in NYC on this date.

In the famous scene where the "Marseillaise" is sung over the German song "Watch on the Rhine", many of the extras had real tears in their eyes; a large number of them were actual refugees from Nazi persecution in Germany and elsewhere in Europe and were overcome by the emotions the scene brought out.

November 26, 1952 -
In Thrilling Color!

The first modern 3-D movie Bwana Devil, viewed with special glasses, premiered in Hollywood (remember to have your 3D glasses available to watch the preview.)

Arch Oboler, the director, traveled to Africa in 1948 to make audio recordings of native peoples. While in Africa, Oboler met William D. Snyder, a 16mm cameraman with his own industrial filmmaking company in Fargo, North Dakota. During their travels throughout Africa, Mr. Snyder shot the African footage that appears in Bwana Devil.

November 26, 1953 -
MGM released the first musical in 3-D, Kiss Me Kate on this date.

Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore did not show up to rehearse their Brush Up Your Shakespeare number more than once or twice because they thought it was silly. When it came time to shoot it they made numerous fumbles and mistakes which the director thought was on purpose. He later complemented them on making it look like something a couple of thugs would perform. They never told him the truth.

Today in History:
November 26, 1865 -

Oxford Don and nude child photographer, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, sends the manuscript for the psychedelic novel Alice in Wonderland to his 12 year old special friend Alice Liddell as an early Christmas present.

For some reason her parents did not notify the authorities.

November 26, 1965
50 years ago today, Arlo Guthrie was arrested in Stockbridge, Mass., for dumping some trash following a Thanksgiving feast at a  run by Alice Brock, on this date.

He wrote a song about the event that became a folk classic and was turned into a movie in 1969.

Yes kids, it really happened.

November 26, 1976 -
Anarchy in the UK, (as a single) by the Sex Pistols is released.

The song later appeared on Never Mind the Bollocks.

Before you go - in case you didn't think Adele really sang well; here she is singing Hello while Jimmy Fallon and the Roots back her up on toy instruments.

And so it goes

(I believe I miscounted yesterday)


Jim H. said...

Mr. Snyder's Fargo production company made more WWII training films for the US Army than any other company. Take that, Hollywood!

Kevin said...

Thank you Jim. A very happy post-Thanksgiving Day to you and yours.