I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself. - Mikhail Baryshnikov
Today is the 10th Annual Dance Parade in NYC, which starts off at 21st Street and Broadway and gavottes its way down to Tompkin Square Park.
Word of the day - (I haven't listed an obscure word for your edification in awhile.)
Accinge: verb - to gird up one's loins, apply oneself
May 21, 1969 -
MGM released the science fiction B-movie The Green Slime to U.S. theaters on this date.
This was the first film ever to be featured on the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. An edited version of the film appeared on the show's never-aired pilot episode.
May 21, 1980 -
George Lucas didn't have enough money (the first time). He produces a sequel to his highly successful Star Wars, which somehow is Part V (don't ask or someone will go to great lengths to explain it all to you.)
The Empire Strikes Back premiered on this date.
The film contains, arguably the most shocking revelation - right next to what Rosebud was or Who actually is Keyser Söze?
May 21, 1987 -
The series, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, starred Blair Brown premiered on NBC-TV on this date.
NBC programming executive Brandon Tartikoff pitched the idea to Jay Tarses of doing a series about a single woman in her 30s living in a big city. Tarses immediately thought of his friend Blair Brown for the lead. Tarses and Brown discussed how not to make the series into a formulaic sitcom.
May 21, 1990 -
The last episode of Newhart aired on CBS-TV on this date.
After the 7th season, Bob Newhart decided the 8th season would be the final season for the show. When he told his wife Ginny Newhart of his decision, she suggested that for the final episode, his character should wake up in bed next to Suzanne Pleshette, and that the series should be a dream.
May 21, 1992 -
Bette Midler, the last scheduled guest, sang a touching impromptu duet with Johnny Carson, on the Tonight Show, on this date. (This was the apex of TV. It hasn't gotten any better than this.)
This penultimate show was immediately recognized as a television classic, and Midler would win an Emmy Award for her role in it.
Today in History:
It was on this date in 1471 that King Henry VI of England was murdered in the Tower of London, concluding Part III of his reign.
Edward IV assumed the throne as the world eagerly awaited Richard III and the dramatic conclusion of the War of the Roses.
May 21, 1904 -
... You get that right tickin’ rhythm, man, and its ON!
Thomas Wright (Fats) Waller, jazz pianist, organist, composer and entertainer, was born on this date.
May 21, 1917 -
One of the World's Greatest Actors, Raymond Burr was born on this date.
In celebration, may I suggest purchasing a small container of the fabulous nipple rouge bearing this man's name. This year, 'Pert & Ripe'.
May 21, 1924 -
Two Chicago teenagers interrupted their daily sodomy practice and attempted to commit the perfect crime just for the thrill of it.
Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped 14-year-old Bobby Franks, bludgeoned him to death in a rented car, and then dumped Franks' body in a distant drainage ditch.
They didn't get away with it.
May 21,1927 -
Charles Lindbergh, American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, racist, Neo-Nazi, Isolationist and serial philanderer became the first man to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean, on this date.
Exactly five years later Amelia Earhart became the first woman to do it, on this day as well.
This was an impressive step for feminism, and she did it without a bathroom break.
May 21, 1952 -
Mr. T was born in the ghetto, on this date.
And his mama cried.
May 21, 1972 -
A deranged Australian geologist took a hammer on this date, to Michelangelo's Pieta, shouting "I am Jesus Christ -- risen from the dead!"
Laszlo Toth was never charged with any crime, instead receiving a free trip to an Italian insane asylum. Toth's name is later adopted by comedian and former SNL regular Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci) for a long series of pranks by mail.
Everybody's a critic.
And so it goes