Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I'm sorry I missed this

Puddles sings a King's tune - feel the healing power reverberate throughout your body.

Puddles Pity Party released a song just in time for Valentine's Day.

Today is the Ninth day of the Lunar New Year. It is the Birthday of Jade Emperor, King of Heaven.

The Jade Emperor is also known as the Yù Huáng or Yù Dì, the Ruler of all Heavens (of which the Chinese have over 30), Earth and the Underworld/ Hell, Creator of the Universe, later the Emperor of the Universe, and Lord of the Imperial Court. According to Taoist legend, all the deities of the heaven and the earth will celebrate this day. And there will be grand ceremonies in Taoist temples on this day.

The Jade Emperor is one busy guy. I'd be very tired if I had to follow a holiday this long

Today is the Feast of Saint Juliana of Nicomedia. She refused to marry a Roman official, so he had her roasted in flames, then dipped into boiling oil before finally being beheaded, which seems rather harsh even for Roman times.

Springsteen was right - it's hard being a saint (in the city.)

February 16, 1940
A truncated version of A Chump at Oxford (the second to last Laurel and Hardy feature) was released on this date

The short version of the film was originally in four reels, a "streamliner" designed to compete with theaters' new double feature concept. Roach produced only a few of these hybrids, and added the dinner party sequence later to bring it up to it's feature length.

February 16, 1956 -
The film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Carousel, starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, premiered on this date.

While appearing in a nightclub act with his wife at Lake Tahoe, Gordon MacRae received an emergency phone call to replace Frank Sinatra as Billy Bigelow in the film version of Carousel, after Sinatra walked out before filming. Originally, it was said that Sinatra left when he discovered that every scene was to be filmed twice - once for regular CinemaScope and once for CinemaScope 55. However, Shirley Jones later revealed that the real reason Frank Sinatra left was that Sinatra received a call from Ava Gardner, who was in Africa with Clark Gable shooting, Mogambo. She'd said something to the effect that if Sinatra didn't fly to her immediately, she was going to have an affair with Clark Gable.

February 16, 1964 -
The Beatles appeared for the second time on the Ed Sullivan Show on this date.

The Beatles performed six songs: She Loves You, This Boy, All My Loving, I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You and I Want To Hold Your Hand. The Beatles received $25,000 for their appearance; half of what Elvis got for his.

February 16, 1975 -
The music variety series Cher premiered on CBS-TV on this date.

How did this get on the air?

Today in History:
February 16, 1899
Félix François Faure, President of France and the owner of the most audacious mustache in the late 19th century, died suddenly from a massive heart attack in his private offices while in the act of some sort of sexual congress with the notable courtesan, Marguerite Steinheil on this date.

Apparently when Faure reached his petit mort, he had his grand mort. A probably apocryphal story, listed as fact by many sources, is that M. Le President died with his hands gripping Miss Steinheil's head and an anxious government official nearly 'brained' her trying to remove the hysterical lady from the vise-like grip of his 'cold dead hands.'

The French statesmen and future president, George Clemenceau famously said, after hearing of Faure's death, "...il voulait être César, il ne fut que Pompée," which is incredibly witty and very filthy for a family newspaper (go look it up yourself.)

February 16, 1918 -
declared its independence from Russia on this date. Independence lasted until World War II.

It was such a successful declaration that they declared their independence again in 1990.

February 16, 1921 -
Vera-Ellen, actress and possible anorexia nervosa sufferer (there is a raging debate on the internet about whether or not she was - and I am still legally obligated to state this,) was born on this date.

Vera went to the same Cincinnati ballroom dance studio as a child as Doris Day. Their parents used to carpool together to the dance studio.

February 16, 1923 -
Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter opened King Tut's tomb, revealing one of the most well-preserved treasures from the ancient world on this date.

While it has been frequently reported that a curse killed 13 of the 20 people present at the opening of the tomb, there was no curse and no unusual death patterns occurred. What a minute, what's that lurking in the shadows.

February 16, 1935,
Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono, politician, musical artist and producer was born on this date.  -

Little known facts about Salvatore - Bono was the godfather of Anthony Kiedis and in later years dabbled with Scientology, although his last wife (of whom he had four including Cher,) said that he was trying to distance himself from the religion at the time of his death.

Kids, once again we have to repeat - do not mess around with Scientology.

February 16, 1935 -
The Phantom, created by Lee Falk (also creator of Mandrake the Magician), makes his first appearance in a comic strip on this date.

The Phantom is credited as being the first "costumed superhero", i.e. the first crimefighter to wear the skintight costume attributed to comic book superheroes,

February 16, 1937 -
Nylon material was patented by Wallace H. Carothers, a researcher for DuPont on this date. He also helped to produce the first synthetic rubber, Neoprene, and was instrumental in the development of synthetic silks.

Sadly, Carothers committed suicide after a long battle with depression by drinking lemon juice laced with cyanide (not a cocktail that I would recommend.)

February 16, 1959 -
Failed baseball player Fidel Castro was sworn in as President For Life of Cuba after having led the revolution that removed Fulgenico Batista. At the time, Cuba was a nation plagued by poverty, racked by corruption, and held in thrall by the military force of its leader.

During his first year of rule, 500 were put to the firing squad, an RBI record any dictator would be proud of.

February 16, 1990 -
My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can.

Keith Haring, artist/cartoonist, died of AIDS-related complications at 31 on this date.

And so it goes

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