Today is I Want You To Be Happy Day and I can think of nothing else that will make you more happy than to continue reading, or perhaps sending me small, unmarked bills in an envelope.
March 3, 1933 -
W.C. Fields classic short, The Fatal Glass of Beer, premiered on this date.
In Fields' first sound film, The Golf Specialist there is a wanted poster of Fields which shows him in his "Fatal Glass of Beer" costume. It evidently was taken from an earlier stage presentation of the classic Fields sketch.
March 3, 1985 -
ABC-TV unleashed Bruce Willis, Cybill Shepherd and the crew from the Blue Moon Detective Agency onto an unsuspecting world, when it premiered the pilot episode of Moonlighting on this date.
For its time, Moonlighting was the most expensive series on TV, with an average cost of $1.6 million per episode. ABC was willing to spend the money because the network owned the show, making more profit than if the series was owned by a separate production company.
Today in History -
March 3, 1861 -
Russian Tsar, Tzar, Czar Alexander II issued a manifest and ends feudal control of serfs as part of a program of westernization.
The American surfdom can only be blamed for the Beach Boys and Annette Funicello.
March 3, 1863 -
The National Conscription Act is signed, forcing all men between 20 and 45 years of age into the draft lotteries. Except for rich bastards, who could buy their way out for $300, or hire another man to serve in his place.
March 3, 1875 -
The opera Carmen, composed by Georges Bizet, opened in Paris at the Opera-Comique, despite intense controversy surrounding its opening. The story was considered too salacious for the general public, and Bizet had trouble getting even one actress to agree to play the title role.
This was Bizet's only hit opera, as he died suddenly at the age of 37, three months later.
March 3, 1887 -
Anne Mansfield Sullivan arrived at the Alabama home of Capt. and Mrs. Arthur H. Keller to become the teacher of Helen, their blind and deaf 6 year old daughter on this date.
March 3, 1923 -
The first issue of Time magazine, created by Briton Hadden and Henry Luce (the first weekly news magazine in the United States), was published on this date. It featured on its cover, Joseph G. Cannon, the retired Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
March 3, 1931 -
An English beer drinking song became the National Anthem of the United States on this date. The lyrics to said drink song are -
To Anacreon in heaven where he sat in full glee,
A few sons of harmony sent a petition,
That he their inspirer and patron would be,
When this answer arrived from the jolly old Grecian:
Voice, fiddle aud flute, no longer be mute,
I'll lend you my name and inspire you to boot!
And besides I'll instruct you like me to entwine
The myrtle of Venus and Bacchus's vine.
I believe drinking heavily is the key here.
Perhaps we can hand out laminated cards before each game.
March 3, 1931 -
...Why, you can get a phonograph record of Minnie the Moocher for 75 cents. And for a buck and a quarter, you can get Minnie....
On the same day President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional act adopting The Star-Spangled Banner, as the national anthem, Cab Calloway recorded the classic Minnie The Moocher.
It became the first million-selling jazz album.
March 3, 1934 -
John Dillinger escaped from an escapeproof jail in Crown Point Indiana, using a wooden pistol he carved himself. It's his second escape.
Remember, J. Edger was just months away from slicing up the corpse of Dillinger for his own personal collection.
March 3, 1959 -
An embittered and confused Lou Costello roused himself from his hospital bed to mutter, Fuck you Abbott, Who's on first now, coughs up bloody phlegm and died on this date.
Bud Abbott, ten years older than Lou, smiled to himself, lit a cigars and lived another 15 years to spite his former partner.
March 3, 1969 -
Apollo 9, the third manned mission in the United States Apollo space program, blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module.
It carried astronauts James McDivitt, Russell Schweickart and David Scott and made 151 Earth orbits over 10 days. The mission was the second manned launch of a Saturn V rocket.
March 3, 1991 -
Los Angles Police officers were filmed beating black motorist Rodney King with nightsticks. Television news stations repeatedly aired the film nationwide.
Four whites were charged with the beating on March 15, and when they were found not guilty, Los Angeles erupted in riots.
And so it goes.
Before you go - the film director Spike Jonze re-imagined the opening of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert -
It always puts you in good stead, if you're a fan of Grover.