Tuesday, November 8, 2016

It's finally time

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. - George Jean Nathan

Just Vote - you have no excuse today.

November 8, 1954 -
You can't break the rules until you know how to play the game.

Rickie Lee Jones, The Duchess of Coolsville, two-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist, musician, songwriter and producer, was born on this date.

November 8, 1971 -
Led Zeppelin released their untitled fourth album, on this date.

And kids remember, according to the Consumer Protection and Toxic Materials Committee of the California State Assembly, if you play Stairway to Heaven backwards, you can hear:

So, don't play you albums backwards (many of you have no idea what albums are.)

November 8, 1979
The program, The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage, premiered on ABC-TV on this date.

The show was planned to be temporary, but it evolved into Nightline in March of 1980.

Today in History:
November 8, 1431
Vlad III the Impaler (Vlad Dracula), Transylvanian prince, inspiring the name of the vampire in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, was probably born on this date.

People had better things to do back then (like find something to eat or keep warm) than keep track of the birth date of some sadistic royal person.

November 8, 1519 -
The Aztecs and their leader, Moctezuma, foolishly welcomed Hernando Cortez and about 300 Spanish soldiers, 18 horses and thousands of Mexico's native inhabitants who had grown resentful of Aztec rule marched unmolested into Tenochtitlán, the capital city of the Aztec empire, on this date.

The Aztec ruler Moctezuma, believing that Cortez could be the white-skinned deity Quetzalcoatl, whose return had been foretold for centuries, greeted the arrival of these strange visitors with courtesy--at least until it became clear that the Spaniards were all too human and bent on conquest.


November 8, 1789 -
Elijah Craig, a Baptist minister, from Georgetown, Kentucky, distilled the first sour-mash whiskey for public sale on this date.

His customers from the surrounding area called his product Bourbon County Whiskey - after the county of its origin.

November 8th, 1895  -
Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X-rays on this date, when he discovered treated cardboard he was using in routine experiments glowed in certain situations – the result of radiation hitting the surface.

During subsequent experiments he found that objects of different thicknesses interposed in the path of the rays showed variable transparency to them when recorded on a photographic plate.

November 8, 1923 -
Adolf Schicklgruber, failed artist and World War I veteran, launched his first attempt to seize power with a failed coup in Munich, Germany, that came to be known as the Beer-Hall Putsch. He proclaimed himself chancellor and General Erich Ludendorff dictator.

No one really taken him too seriously at the time. Unfortunately, he wasn't joking.

November 8, 1957 -
Britain tested its first hydrogen bomb, called Operation: Grapple X, over Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, on this date.  (The U.K. had become an actual thermonuclear power with the detonation of Grapple X.)

It was a bit more powerful than they expected and caused infrastructure damage and destroyed some buildings on the island.  I'm guessing this finally answers the question for me: No, I do not wish to spend Christmas (or any time for that matter) on Christmas Island.

November 8, 1994 -
Living well and ripping your enemy's still-beating heart out with your bare hands is the best revenge.

Michael O'Donoghue writer for National Lampoon magazine and the first head writer for Saturday Night Live, died on this date, of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 54, after a long history of what were thought to be chronic migraine headaches.

(Ok, I'm no longer going to be driven crazy - Hanukkah starts at sundown on the 24th of December at 4:34 pm. Once again, I believe if I were a child I would eagerly count the evening of the 24th as the start, so that's what I'm going with.)

There are 47 days until Christmas, which as any small child who has ever waited for the arrival of Santa begins at midnight.

And so it goes.

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