Today is National Gin and Tonic Day
As I am not a spokesperson for Bombay Sapphire (yet), I find it is a waste to use it, given it's delicate botanicals in a G and T; but hey, what do I know. International Gin and Tonic Day, for those who need to know, is celebrated on October 19th.
Either way, celebrate responsibly
April 9, 1964 -
Edward Dmytryk's version of Harold Robbin's The Carpetbaggers, starring George Peppard, Alan Ladd, and Carroll Baker premiered in the US on this date.
The film was once considered so racy it was advertised as being "for adults only", this film was re-released in 1972, and resubmitted to the MPAA for a rating. Indicating how much standards had changed in nearly a decade, it was given a PG (the PG-13 rating having not been created yet).
April 9, 1974 -
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!, the 12th prime-time animated Peanuts TV special debuted on CBS on this date.
When the Peanuts characters arrive at the mall at Easter time, the mall is decorated for the December holiday season with banners that proclaim: Only 246 shopping days until Christmas.
April 9, 1976 -
The final film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Family Plot, starring Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris and William Devane premiered in the US on this date.
To make the cemetery in this movie appear weedy with long grass, the cemetery was paid by the production to let the grass and weeds grow for a whole four months without weeding and maintenance.
April 9, 1977 –
ABBA had their only no. #1 US hit on the Billboard Charts, Dancing Queen on this date.
ABBA recorded this about a year before it was released. It was written and recorded around the same time as Fernando, which was chosen as the single. They knew Dancing Queen would also be a hit, so they held it until the album was released before issuing it as a single.
April 9, 2009 -
We got to meet Leslie Knope and her co-workers when Parks and Recreations premiered on NBC-TV on this date.
The series was originally planned as a direct spin-off of The Office. It was later re-designed to be an original workplace story that would keep the "mockumentary" format used for the other series, which this show's Executive Producers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur had worked on (Daniels as Creator, Schur as a Writer and Producer).
The Word of the day
Today in History:
April 9, 1241 -
In the Battle of Legnica, Silesia, Mongol armies defeated the Poles and Germans and the Mongols slaughtered the entire infantry. Mongols collected nine bags of ears* after the battle with Henry, Duke of Poland, on this date.
April 9, 1492 -
Lorenzo de' Medici died, turning his face to the wall to avoid the verbal abuse from Savonarola, who commands Lorenzo to confess his sins, indecencies and pride and to give the Florentines back their liberty, on this date.
It's very annoying to have your confessor pester you while you lay dying.
April 9, 1830 -
It's the birthday of Eadweard Muybridge, born in Kingston-on-the-Thames, England. He emigrated to California in the 1850s, where he took up photography and quickly became one of the first internationally known photographers. Between 1867 and 1872 he took more than 2000 photographs, many of them views of the Yosemite Valley.
It was Eadweard Muybridge who designed a new camera that could take a picture in one-thousandth of a second. To test his improvement, he set up twenty-four cameras along a race track with trip wires to pull the shutters. With those cameras, he managed to take a series of pictures of a horse galloping, proving for the first time that all four of a horse's hooves will sometimes be off the ground at the same time, and winning his sponsor soon-to-be Governor of California Leland Stanford, a businessman and race-horse owner, a $25,000.00 bet. Muybridge's friendship with Stanford proved quite helpful.
In 1874, still living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Muybridge discovered that his wife had a lover, a Major Harry Larkyns. On October 17, 1874, he sought out Larkyns; said, "Good evening, Major, my name is Muybridge and here is the answer to the letter you sent my wife"; and shot and killed him. One is left to wonder what the good Major wrote to warrant such a response.
Muybridge thought his wife's son had been fathered by Larkyns (although, as an adult, the young man had a remarkable resemblance to Muybridge). He was put on trial for the killing, but acquitted of the killing on the grounds that it was "justifiable homicide." The inquiry interrupted the horse photography experiment, but not Stanford's support of Muybridge; Stanford paid for his criminal defense.
April 9, 1860 -
A short song was captured on by a phonautograph, a
device created by a Parisian inventor, Edouard-Leon Scott
deMartinville, on this date. The device etched representations of sound
waves into paper covered in soot from a burning oil lamp. Lines were
scratched into the soot by a needle moved by a diaphragm that responded
recordings were never intended to be played. Technicians in 2008 were
able convert the digital scan of the paper into an audio file. The
recording consists of about ten seconds of a person singing Au Claire de
Lune. The audio file is now recognized as the oldest audible recording
of a human voice ever made.
April 9, 1865 -
General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of
Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American
Civil War. On April 5th, Grant sent a message to his old college friend
Lee that said, "General: The result of the last week must convince you
of the hopelessness of further resistance on the part of the Army of
Northern Virginia in this struggle. P.S. If you could help an old friend
out, send more bourbon. I've finished all of the Union's supply of that
fine sippin' whisky of yours yesterday and I have a powerful thirst."
wrote back to say, "Though not entirely of the opinion you express of
the hopelessness of further resistance ... I reciprocate your desire to
avoid useless effusion of blood, and therefore, before considering your
proposition, ask the terms you will offer, on condition of its
surrender. Also expect a barrowful of the heavenly nectar with this
dispatch. Please tip the delivery boy, you cheap so and so."
so they met at the Appomattox Court House on April 9th, Palm Sunday,
just after noon. Afterward, Lee rode back to his camp, and crowds of
Confederate soldiers along the road began to weep as he passed. Little
did Grant know that least than a week later, he would have the sad honor
of serving as a pallbearer at the funeral of his greatest champion,
April 9, 1928 -
... I feel that if a person has problems communicating the very least he can do is to shut up.
Tom Lehrer, singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician,was born on this date. (Lehrer entered Harvard at age 15, having skipped several grades. Everyone applying for admission to Harvard was required to include an example of their written work. Lehrer submitted a long verse, in the style of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. The poem ended with the lines:
I will leave movie thrillers
And watch caterpillars
Get born and pupated and larva'ed,
And I'll work like a slave
And always behave
And maybe I'll get into Harvard...
The poem in its entirety appeared in Scholastic Magazine in 1943. (It was Lehrer's first published work.)
Let's all go to the park and shout "Happy 90th birthday" while poisoning pigeons in his honor.
April 9, 1939 -
In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused permission for Marian Anderson, an African-American contralto singer, to perform in front of an integrated audience in Constitution Hall.
With the aid of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on this date, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions.
April 9, 1959 -
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) introduces America's first astronauts for Project Mercury to the press: Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil 'Gus' Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr. and Donald Slayton, on this date.
The seven men, all military test pilots, were carefully selected from a group of 32 candidates to take part in Project Mercury, America's first manned space program .
April 9, 1963 -
The first foreigner to receive honorary United States citizenship on this date, was Winston Churchill (whose mother had been American).
Only Sir Winston, Raoul Wallenberg, William Penn and Hannah Callowhill Penn, Mother Teresa, Casimir Pulaski, and the Marquis de LaFayette share this distinction. But it was the first time that Congress had actually resolved that honorary citizenship be bestowed, by the President of the United States, on a foreign national.
April 9, 1965 -
TIME magazine featured a cover with the entire Peanuts gang on this date.
And so it goes.