Happy Valentine's Day folk
Remember to enjoy the day and don't eat too much chocolate
For those of you not in a romantic mood today:
February 14, 1931 -
Just in time for the Valentine's Day holiday, Universal Pictures released Tod Browning's horror classic, Dracula, on this date.
Bela Lugosi was so desperate to repeat his stage success and play the Count Dracula role for the film version, that he agreed to a contract paying him $500 per week for a seven week shooting schedule, an insultingly small amount even during the days of the Depression.
Today in History:
February 14, 1400 -
... For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground / And tell sad stories of the death of kings.
King Richard II of England, who had been deposed in 1399, died mysteriously on this date.
February 14, 1779 -
English explorer Captain James Cook and some of his crew are slaughtered (and possibly eaten) by angry Hawaiian islanders, after he tried to take a Hawaiian chief hostage over a dispute regarding a stolen boat.
There was possibly a better way to get the deposit back on a boat.
February 14, 1929 -
The Capone gang killed six members of the Bugs Moran gang and one other person at the S.M.C. Cartage company in Chicago, in an event known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Bogus police officers were used so that it appeared to be a routine police bust. Except for all the bodies.
February 14, 1948 -
Raymond Joseph Teller (Teller) an illusionist, comedian and writer best known as the silent half of the comedy magic duo known as Penn and Teller, accomplished sleight of hand artist, painter, atheist, debunker, skeptic and Fellow of the Cato Institute was born on this date.
He legally changed his name to Teller and possesses one of the few United States passports issued in a single name.
Yeah, he can speak (you idiots.)
February 14, 1962 -
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, with her breathless voice, takes television viewers on a tour of the White House. (Haven't you always found it strange that Marylin Monroe and Jackie Kennedy basically have the same voice?)
It was estimated that hundreds of millions of people saw the program, making it the most widely viewed documentary during the genre's so-called golden age.
February 14 - 2016 -
Antonin Scalia has been dead for a year now,
yet we haven't confirmed a replacement for him.
And so it goes.
Before you go - you may join me in giggling like a little schoolboy