Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Watch lights fade from every room

November 10, 1953 -
Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom was an educational Adventures in Music animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions, and originally released to theaters by Buena Vista Distribution on this date.

This was the first animated cartoon in CinemaScope.

November 10, 1956 -
Billie Holiday returned to the stage at Carnegie Hall after a three-year absence on this date.

The concert was called, by some, a high point in jazz history .

November 10, 1967 -
The Moody Blues released their hit, Nights in White Satin, on this date. This was written by Justin Hayward, who joined the band the previous year. He got the idea for the song after someone gave him a set of white satin sheets - yes, sometimes, it's just that inane.

This song introduced a new sound for the band. When they formed, they were more of a Blues band, and had a hit in 1965 with a cover of Bessie Banks' Go Now. With the songs on Days of Future Passed, they distinguished themselves with original songs in a more psychedelic/orchestral sound.

November 10, 1969 -
Come and play. Even at 46, everything's A-OK.

Sesame Street
premiered on PBS-TV on this date.

November 10, 1969 -
Just four months after the Apollo 11 moon landing, Columbia Pictures released the thriller Marooned, directed by John Sturges and starring Gregory Peck and Gene Hackman, in U.S. theaters on this date.

The Film Ventures International re-edit of this film (retitled Space Travelers) was featured on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. This was also the only film featured on the show to have won an Academy Award.

Today in History
November 10, 4004 BC -
Are you having that , "Gee, I'm feeling rather shamed about my engorged genitals today", here's the reason why:

Adam and Eve, all our forebearers, were driven from Paradise on this date, according to our good old friend Rev. Ussher.

November 10, 1871 -
New York Newspaperman Henry M. Stanley finally found Scottish explorer Dr. Livingstone at Ujiji near Lake Tanganyika (helpfully identified by some sources as being "near Unyanyembe"), and remarked, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?", on this date.

This was extremely witty and therefore historical.

November 10,  1911 -
The following entry was made by George Levick, a surgeon and the medical officer on Scott's famous 1910-1913 expedition to the South Pole: This afternoon I saw a most extraordinary site - A Penguin was actually engaged in sodomy upon the body of a dead white throated bird of its own species.

How I know this and why I though it important to note it in this blog speaks volumes to my education and general mental state.

(The rest of today's posting is dedicated to the 40th President of the United States:)

November 10, 1925 -

Richard Burton was born on this date.

No, not the Victorian international man of mystery, self-circumcisor and male brothel frequenter but Welsh actor with the greatest voice of the 20th Century.

 Ronald Reagan somehow figures into this story.

November 10, 1928 -
Playing against Army at Yankee Stadium, Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne gave what is considered the greatest locker room speeches of all time by saying "Win one for the Gipper."

Somehow Ronald Reagan got mixed up in all of this.

November 10, 1928 -
Michinomiya Hirohito was crowned the 124th Emperor of Japan, Emperor Showa on this date.

Some how Ronald Reagan got mixed up in this, as well.

November 10, 1938 -
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, one of the most extraordinary men of the 20th Century. statesman and first President of Modern Turkey, died of cirrhosis of the liver on this date.

Will Durant had said, "men devoted to war, politics, and public life wear out fast, and all three had been the passion of Atatürk."

Ronald Reagan makes a bizarre appearance here

November 10, 1940 -
Walt Disney begins serving as a secret informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI, to report back information on Hollywood subversives. He was made a "Full Special Agent in Charge Contact" in 1954.

We should note that Disney was also atheist, Neo-Nazi, racist and possible child pornography collector, thus subversive in his own little way. Also remember that he reported in directly to a cross-dressing, homosexual who would never make left turns in his car.

You just knew Reagan was going to show up here.

November 10, 1954 -
The Iwo Jima Memorial, also known as the US Marine Corps (USMC) War Memorial, was dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Arlington National Cemetery on this date.

the Marine Corps War Memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have served and given their lives in the defense of the United States since a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on this date in 1775 ordered their formation.

I'm not going to insult the Marines with any association with Mr. Reagan.

November 10, 1975 -
The 729-foot-long freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew on board

and unfortunately is the subject of Gordon Lightfoot's annoying hit song, The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.

Thankfully, Mr. Reagan was not in Canada at the time.

And so it goes.

With only 45 days until Christmas, getting on the 'Good' list might be a problem.


Jim H. said...

Each year on this date the light of the Split Rock lighthouse, on Lake Superior's north shore, is lit in memory of the Edmund Fitzgerald's crew. The beautiful lighthouse, now part of a Minnesota State Park, had nothing to do with the sinking, but we Minnesotans are a sentimental lot.

Kevin said...

Thanks Jim for bringing this nice ceremony to our attention: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/video/F6tSsBKq