(I watched a lot of TV last night, I don't know how Bernie was able to stay up that late; so this is a somewhat abbreviated posting today)
June 8, 1933 -
Certain key structural areas of the late, great Joan Alexandra Molinsky, comic and actress, were born on this date.
Unfortunately, some of her 'newer' parts have outlived her.
Nancy Sinatra was born on this date (it would be impolite to say how old she is but she is less than a year older than my mom.)
Her boots must be made for endurance walking
June 8, 1946 -
The very funny Looney Tunes cartoon, Kitty Kornered, was released on this date.
It have a number of firsts going for it:
1.) It's the first appearance of Sylvester the Cat (as this point unnamed) in a Warner Bros. cartoon.
2.) It's the first pairing of Porky and Sylvester.
June 8, 1950 -
The Asphalt Jungle, the superb film noir directed by John Huston, was released on this date.
During the production, Walter Huston came to Hollywood for his son John Huston's forty-fourth birthday party. Two days later, with John at his side, the legendary actor of stage and screen, died of heart failure at the age of sixty-six.
June 8, 1968 -
The Simon and Garfunkel song Mrs Robinson reached No. 1 on the charts on this date
This would have had a good chance to win an Oscar for Best Song From A Movie, but it was never nominated because Simon & Garfunkel never filled out the forms to get it considered, leaving Talk To The Animals from Doctor Dolittle as the winner. Paul Simon explained, "It was the '60s, we just weren't paying attention."
June 8, 1968 -
The Rolling Stones released Jumpin' Jack Flash on this date.
This was intended for Beggar's Banquet, but they left it off the album and released it as a single because The Stones were very pleased with the results.
June 8, 1984 -
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
Ivan Reitman's comedy - horror film, Ghostbusters, premiered on this date.
The relaunch of the new Ghostbusters is July 15th.
Today in History:
June 8, 632 -
According to tradition, the prophet Mohammed died on this date. He was the founder of Islam, and his death was the first in a long chain of events that ultimately resulted in the Treaty of Tordesillas. Whether he is at this very moment reclining on a soft couch somewhere in Paradise, being serviced by a high-bosomed virgin with dark eyes or consuming a handful of raisins is debatable.
And if you think I'm going to post a picture of the Prophet, you've got another thing coming.
June 8, 1810 -
Robert Schumann, the great composer during the Romantic period, was born on this date. Schumann was able to create a large amount of work while battling the twin demons of bi-polar disease and dementia brought on by mercury poisoning related to the treatment of syphilis, contracted in his teens.
For the last two years of his life, after an attempted suicide, Robert Schumann was confined to a mental institution at his own request.
You may now impress your friends with this info.
June 8 1869 -
Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago patented his sweeping machine (patent # 91,145,) the first suction vacuum cleaner, on this date.
June 8, 1928 -
On May 31, 1928, Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm, Harry Lyon and James Warner left Oakland California in a Fokker VIIb-3m, called the Southern Cross, to attempt the first flight across the Pacific.
Flying via Hawaii and Fiji, they reach Brisbane, Australia 7,389 miles away, nine days later, on this date.
June 8, 1982 -
President Ronald Reagan became the first US chief executive to address the two houses of British Parliament on this day.
His assistants became slightly concerned about the President's faculties when Reagan mentioned to them, that he believed that scene went well but he could be more convincing in the next take. He also mentioned to them that he'd be having lunch with Ann Sheridan at the commissary.
And so it goes.