Monday, December 11, 2017

I've never heard of this

Today is apparently Green Monday - a totally fabricated holiday retailers denote as '... the last Monday with at least 10 days prior to Christmas.' It is similar in nature to Cyber Monday but with more desperation as on-line stores try to lure in into spending more cash.

But as more retailers embrace fast, free shipping, it's unclear how much longer people will think that they still need a lead time of at least 10 days to order presents for Christmas.

December 11, 1957 -
The movie Peyton Place, based on the novel by Grace Metalious, had its world premiere in Camden, Maine, on this date, where most of it had been filmed.

Some of the shots of the New England fall were actually shot for The Trouble with Harry.

December 11, 1961 -
Please, Mr. Postman
by the Marvelettes was released on this date

Part of this song was written by a postman who helped Georgia Dobbins (one of the Marvelettes) complete the lyrics. His name was Freddie Gorman and his mail route included Brewster public housing where members of The Supremes lived. Gorman also sang with Motown group The Originals.

December 11, 1980 -
Hawaiian shirts and outrageous mustaches came back in style when Magnum PI, starring Tom Selleck, premiered on CBS-TV on this date.

Magnum was a Vietnam War Veteran. At the time, Vietnam and its aftermath were still controversial. Magnum, T.C., and Rick have been cited as some of the first positive portrayals of Vietnam Veterans on a network TV series.

December 11, 1982 –
Toni Basil's
surprise hit Mickey reached No. 1 of the Billboard charts on this date.

This was originally recorded as "Kitty" by a group called Racey. In the original lyrics, Kitty was a girl. Toni Basil changed the lyrics from "Kitty" to "Mickey" and the gender from female to male. She decided on "Mickey" as she was fond of former Monkee Micky Dolenz, who she choreographed in the 1968 Monkees movie Head.

December 11, 1987 -
Greed is Good
20th Century Fox released Oliver Stone's drama, Wall Street, starring  Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, and Daryl Hannah on this date.

Oliver Stone
gave Charlie Sheen the choice of having either Jack Lemmon or Martin Sheen play his father. Charlie chose his dad.

Christmas Trivia

The Word of the Day

Today in History:
December 11, 1688
King James II attempting to flee London as the "Glorious Revolution" replaced him with King William (of Orange) and Queen Mary, threw the Great Seal of the Realm into the River Thames.

He was, however, caught in Kent. Having no desire to make James a martyr, the Prince of Orange let him escape on December 23, 1688. James was received by Louis XIV, who offered him a palace and a generous pension.

December 11, 1882 -
Fiorello Enrico La Guardia
, Mayor of New York for three terms from 1934 to 1945, was born on this date.

With a boundless enthusiasm and energy to match that of Teddy Roosevelt, La Guardia could be the last Mayor of NYC who really loved his job.

December 11, 1919 -
The citizens of Enterprise, Alabama, erected a monument to the boll weevil. The only monument dedicated to an agricultural pest!!

The invasive insect devastated their fields but forced residents to end their dependence on cotton and to pursue mixed farming and manufacturing.

December 11, 1931 -
Rita Moreno
(Rosa Dolores Alverio,) winner of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, was born on this date.

She is currently the only Puerto Rican EGOT winner.

December 11, 1936  -    
Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson. Edward VIII had been king of Great Britain and Ireland for less than a year when he abdicated the throne to marry "the woman I love."

After his abdication, Edward was awarded the title Duke of Windsor by his brother, King George VI. Edward and Mrs. Simpson married on June 3, 1937.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II.

UNICEF provides many types of assistance and help to children and mothers. It receives money from different governments and private persons. It works in almost all countries of the world.

December 11, 1964 -
Sam Cooke
, popular singer, was shot to death by Bertha Franklin, manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Franklin claimed that he had threatened her, and that she killed him in self-defense.

The shooting was ultimately ruled to be a justifiable homicide, though there have been arguments that crucial details did not come out in court, or were buried afterward.

December 11, 1967 -
The Beatles' Apple Music
signs its first group - Grapefruit, on this date.

With unwise business decisions like this, I'm sure the Beatles must have gone broke very shortly after this.

More Christmas Trivia

America’s official national Christmas tree (so designated by President Calvin Coolidge in 1926) is located in King’s Canyon National Park in California. The tree, a giant sequoia called the General Grant Tree, is almost 90 meters (300 feet) high is the second largest tree in the world (by volume, the first is General Sherman, his neighbor in Sequoia National Park.)  The idea was inspired by a little girl who had imagined the giant as a Christmas tree and shared the thought with Sanger, California resident, Charles E. Lee. From then on, Lee began organizing yearly Christmas programs around the tree, in the enchanted grove of sequoias, until the event became an annual ceremony.

And on a personal note:
Happy Birthday Julie

(hope you had a good birthday weekend)

And so it goes.


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