Monday, January 15, 2018

It's not just a Sales day at the department store

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Here's the reason you have the day off, it's Martin Luther King Day.

To celebrate the day and the man, I'd like you to once again opine these words:

... I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

January 15, 1967 -
Ed Sullivan
, when he wasn't fall down drunk, swore a lot. He swore that his arch-rival, Walter Winchell was a goddamned bastard. He swore that his 'so called friend' J Edgar Hoover was a goddamned transvestite but surprising spry in his cha-cha heels. And he swore that those goddamned filthy limey boys, The Rolling Stones, would never return to his show.

Sullivan sobered up, looked at his rating when the Stones last appeared on his show and permitted that boys back on The Ed Sullivan Show, on this date.

They were forced to change the lyrics of to Let's Spend Some Time Together (the clip is from the rehearsal of their televised performance.)

January 15, 1971 -
George Harrison
unintentionally rewrites the song He's So Fine and releases it as My Sweet Lord on this date .

Harrison had "subconsciously" copied the old Chiffon song indeed.

Silly Beatle.

January 15, 1974 -
America once again, found it's thrill, on Blueberry Hill.

The first episode of Happy Days (series) aired on this date. Potsie sets Richie up with that Mary Lou girl.

As I'm sure you all remember, the Happy Days pilot was shown as a segment of Love American Style.

January 15, 1977
The Coneheads at Home, featuring Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin, debuted on Saturday Night Live on this date. For those of you too young to remember, The Coneheads at Home, was a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live featuring a family of extraterrestrials with cone-shaped heads, from the planet Remulak, posing in the suburban United States as immigrants from France.

(sorry, it not the first appearance of the Coneheads.)

The inspiration for the Coneheads came from a proposal by Dan Aykroyd about pin-headed lawyers. This idea was shot down by the producers, fearing it might be offensive. A later trip to the Easter Islands in the South Pacific and the haunting images of stone head monoliths inspired Aykroyd to pen the series drawings that evolved into the Coneheads.

January 15, 1981 -
Let's Be Careful Out There

Hill Street Blues premiered on NBC on this date.

NBC executives supported the series in its infancy despite a lack of viewers; in 1981 it became the lowest-rated series ever renewed for a second season.

Word of the day

Today in History:
January 15, 1759
The British Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world, opened to the public on this date.

Maybe someday they'll return the Elgin Marbles back to the kids in Greece (but that's another story.)

January 15 , 1870 -
A Thomas Nast cartoon titled, "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion", was printed in Harper's Weekly on this date.

The cartoon symbolized the Democratic Party with a donkey, a concept still in use today.

January 15 , 1892 -
A little magazine in Springfield, Massachusetts, first published the rules for a brand new game that involved tossing a ball into a high-mounted peach basket.

This was, of course, the precursor of what is today known as "Peachbasket,"

still as popular as ever in Springfield, Massachusetts.

January 15, 1919 -
In Boston an explosion opened a tank of molasses and the cylindrical sides toppled outward knocking down 10 nearby buildings. 2 million gallons of molasses oozed onto the streets and killed 21 people. Another 50 were injured.

So yes, apparently, there are people slower than molasses in Boston.

January 15, 1929 -
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
,  pastor,  political activist and Nobel Prize winner was born on this date (and it is just happenstance today that it's the third Monday in January.)

January 15, 1943 -
Just outside of Washington, DC in Arlington , VA, The Pentagon was dedicated as the world's largest office building on this date.

It covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.

Once again I ask: what would happen to the DC sewer system if you could have a co-ordinated flush of all the toilets in the building?

January 15, 1947 -
A passerby spotted the nude body of Elizabeth Short, a 22 year old actress in a vacant lot near Hollywood. Her body, cut in half, was bruised and beaten. Grass had reportedly been forced into her vagina, and she had reportedly been sodomized after death. The case was dubbed The Black Dahlia murder and over the years as many as 50 men and women have confessed to this gruesome crime yet it has never been solve.

For those of you with stronger constitutions than mine, you may go on the internet to view truly horrifying actual crime scene photos (you sick puppies.)

January 15, 1953 -
An out-of- control, 16-car train, Train #173, the Federal-Express train, suffers a near-catastrophic brake failure and crashed through the railroad terminal at Union Station in Washington, DC on this date.

Thanks to the quick thinking and action of the engineers, there were only 87 injuries and zero fatalities.

Coincidentally this is the eighth anniversary of airline pilot Sully Sullenberger and his crew 's miraculous ditching into the Hudson River.

January 15, 1967 -
The Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Superbowl I on this date.

It was generally agreed upon by most television historians that all known broadcast tapes which recorded the game in its entirety were subsequently destroyed in the the process of recycling videotape by re-recording over previous content. NFL films has been able to recreate a version of the game from various sources.

January 15, 1983 -
Meyer Lansky
, retired Jewish organized crime genius, (rumored to have photographic proof that J. Edgar Hoover was a homosexual; conspiracy theorists believed this was the reason Hoover wasn't aggressive in pursuing organized crime), died of a fatal nosebleed at Mount Sinai Hospital on this date.

It is not clear where Lansky's estimated $300 million fortune went.

Once again, what a way to go!

January 15, 2001 -
Happy Birthday Wikipedia.

Wikipedia was formally launched on this date, as a single English-language edition at (now found here.)

January 15, 2013 -
Horse DNA was found in beef burgers being sold in supermarkets in Ireland and the United Kingdom on this date.

Health officials stated there was no risk to public health and that the contaminated batches were being recalled from retailers.

And so it goes.


BTW - There are 350 days left until next year.

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