So break out the hats and hooters!
Today is International Beer Day (as opposed to National Beer Day, celebrated annually on April 7th.) International Beer Day, founded in 2007, is a global celebration of the second most popular beverage in the world: beer!
International Beer Day festivities take place in pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants, breweries, backyards and anywhere else you can enjoy a cold one. (Hey International Beer Consortium, you can contact my lawyers about my commission.)
August 5, 1922 -
The silent-film classic, Blood and Sand, starring Rudolph Valentino and Lila Lee, was released on this date.
The film's editor was Dorothy Arzner, who would later go on to become Hollywood's first female director. Arzner impressed the producers by cannily interspersing stock bull-fighting footage with shots of Rudolph Valentino to make it look like the actor was actually in the ring with real bulls. This was quite a progressive technique in its day.
August 5, 1953 -
Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr got busy in the surf and someone may have gotten a horse head telegram delivered to their bedroom - From Here to Eternity premiered in NYC on this date.
The now classic scene between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in the rushing water on the beach was not written to take place there. The idea to film with the waves hitting them was a last minute inspiration from director Fred Zinnemann.
August 5, 1955 -
Alfred Hitchcock's surprisingly light comedic touch is on full display in, To Catch A Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, opened in NYC on this date.
The picnic scene in which Francie (Grace Kelly) asks John (Cary Grant), "Do you want a leg or a breast?" as well as John's response, "You make the choice." was an improvisation.
August 5, 1966 -
This was a big day in Beatles history:
The Beatles released their Revolver album in UK on this date.
and they also released Yellow Submarine and Eleanor Rigby as a double A single in UK. A lot of kids weekly allowance must have flown out the door on this date.
Today in History:
August 5, 1861 -
Folks, please note: The US government established the first income tax on US citizens on this date (Abraham Lincoln was president at the time.) The Revenue Act of 1861 established a tax of 3 percent on incomes of more than $800 Dollars.
August 5, 1884 –
The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor on this date.
Oh, and by the way, thank you Pauly Shore.
August 5, 1914 -
The first electric traffic signal, based on a design by James Hoge, was installed on this date.
The system of red and green lights, indicating stop and go, was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue. Lost in the miasma of time is the name of the person that first ran the red light.
August 5, 1924 –
The comic strip, Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, debuted the Chicago Tribune on this date.
Now you know.
August 5, 1926 -
Harry Houdini stayed in a coffin, submerged in the swimming pool of New York's Hotel Shelton for one hour and a half, on this date.
On August 4, 1955, Carmen Miranda suffered a heart attack during a segment of the live TV show The Jimmy Durante Show, although she did not realize it. After completing a dance number, she fell to her knees, and Durante instinctively told the band to "stop da music!".
He helped Miranda up to her feet as she laughed "I'm all out of breath!". "Dat's OK, honey, I'll take yer lines", Durante replied. Miranda laughed again and quickly pulled herself together, finishing the show. At the end of the broadcast, she smiled and waved, then exited the stage. She died later that night, on August 5, 1955, after suffering a second heart attack at her home in Beverly Hills.
As with all great performers - the show had to go on.
August 5, 1957 –
American Bandstand, a local Philadelphia show dedicated to the teenage "baby-boomers" by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, hosted by Dick Clark,debuted nationally on the ABC television network on this date.
Please be careful, Mr. Clark still doesn't realize that he's dead, and is roaming the nation in search of brains to feast upon.
August 5, 1962 -
55 years ago today, a very unhappy Marilyn Monroe (Norma J. Mortenson) died of natural causes, aggravated by sleeping pills, in her Brentwood home.
Unless she was murdered.
August 5, 1981 -
As dementia continued to take its karma toll, President Ronald Reagan began firing 11,359 air-traffic controllers striking in violation of his order for them to return to work on this date.
The executive action, regarded as extreme by many, significantly slows air travel for months.
And so it goes.
Before you go - feel free to sing Happy Birthday, unencumbered by the whole copyright issue thing, to the Curiosity Rover parked on Mars, at the moment.
NASA has programmed the Curiosity Rover to sing itself Happy Birthday every year, on the anniversary of it’s landing date August 5, 2012.