Friday, November 4, 2016

Vote wisely this November

Hey, Jon Stewart came out of his mancave and spoke with some people the other day

It's nice to know that he's keeping himself busy.

Stop what you're doing - Once again it's time to celebrate National Chicken Lady Day.  I lost control of bodily functions - thoughts of the KITH Chicken Lady flooded my mind.

But it was not to be. The real Chicken Lady honored today is Dr. Marthenia "Tina" Dupree.

Dr. Dupree, who was formerly the Community Relations and Training Director for a large chicken restaurant, helps people learn public speaking through her not-for-profit organization - The Professional Speakers Network.

November 4, 1948,
The controversial (for the time) film about life inside a mental institution, the Snake Pit, starring  Olivia de Havilland premiered on this date.

Mary Jane Ward's book, the basis for this film, was an autobiographical account of the author's experiences in psychiatric hospitals. The book caused considerable controversy upon its publication in 1946, as it was a scathing indictment of the treatment of psychiatric patients, a subject considered taboo in the 1940s. Naturally, the book was a runaway bestseller.

November 4, 1960 -
The Daniel Mann’s adaptation of John O’Hara’s 1935 novel, Butterfield 8, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, and Eddie Fisher premiered on this date.

Elizabeth Taylor had stated many times over the years that Butterfield 8 was not one of her favorite films and that she felt she won the Oscar because of her recent illness rather than for the quality of her performance.

November 4, 1967 -
Motown released the Smokey Robinson and The Miracles hit, I Second That Emotion, on this date.

This was the first Top-10 hit for the group after their 1967 name change from The Miracles.

November 4, 1978 -
Let the warm feeling wash over you, even though the skinny white boy is singing,  -  place one hand on your monitor and the other hand upon the afflicted area. He is channeling the healing powers of Rev. Green. Feel his power emanate and pulsate through your loins.

The Talking Heads released their version of the Al Green classic Take Me To The River, on this date. (I need a moment to compose myself - someone fetch me a cold compress.)

November 4, 2005 -
Walt Disney Pictures released Chicken Little on this date. It was the first in-house Disney film completely created with computer animation.

There are 250,000 feathers on Chicken Little.

Today in History:
November 4, 1922
It was on this day that a British man named Howard Carter made one of the greatest archeological discoveries of all time by discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamen (Boris Karloff).

Tut has been making his tour and putting a curse on those damn limeys who disturbed his eternal rest for more than 90 years.

November 4, 1928 -
Arnold Rothstein, mobster and the man who fixed the 1919 World Series, was having a bit of bad luck. Rothstein had just finished playing a marathon three day game of poker with some 'business associates'.

Realizing that his losses totaled a staggering $320,000.00, Rothstein quit the game and refused to pay his debt. The Brain, as he was known by his associated suspected the game might not be on the up and up. His associates took umbrage at the accusation and 'arranged' to have Rothstein have an allergic reaction to some bullets at the Park Central Hotel in NYC on this date.

The gangster, a man of honor, refused to identify his killers on his deathbed. Had he only thought things might not be on the up and up playing cards with men named George "Hump" McManus and Titanic Thompson, things may have gone differently for him.

November 4, 1952
The US established the National Security Agency (NSA) on this date.

The NSA (is supposed to) serve as an intelligence agency of the US, gathering and analyzing foreign intelligence documentation and other forms of communication, usually involving encrypted information that requires decoding. (Just lift the receiver up off the phone and whisper, 'Happy Birthday', they'll hear you.)

November 4, 1963 -
At a Beatles command performance (present: Queen Elizabeth; the Queen Mother; Princess Margaret), John Lennon utters the remark: "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap their hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry."

If you look very closely behind the Queen Mother, I believe Princess Margaret flipped John off.

November 4, 1979 -
The US Embassy in Tehran was stormed by "students", holding 52 hostages for 444 days.

The incident propels Ted Koppel and his magnificent hair onto the national scene with a long series of repetitive Nightline: America Held Hostage specials.

November 4, 1995
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, 73 years old, was killed by a right-wing, 27 year old Israeli law student, Yigal Amir, at a Tel Aviv peace rally.

Shimon Peres assumed the post of acting Prime Minister.

November 4, 2008 -

Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was elected the 44th president of the United States, the first African American to hold that position, on this date.

And so it goes 

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