Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Today is Sorry Charlie Day.

The day is dedicated to remind us that we have all been rejected, and yet somehow survived it.

Celebrate this day by taking a minute to remember a past rejection. After doing this, be happy and realize the fact, that most of us, will not end up in a tuna can.

BTW - National Caramel Popcorn Day - enjoy

April 6, 1906 -
J. Stuart Blackton premiered his animated film Humorous Phases of Funny Faces on this date. It is generally agreed upon that this is the first animated cartoon.

Despite the film’s rough use of simple animated chalkboard drawings, the film is a technologically revolutionary achievement.

April 6, 1936 -
Flash Gordon: The Planet of Peril, a film serial which tells the story of three people from Earth who travel to the planet Mongo to fight the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless, premiered on this date.

The noises of the rocket ships propulsion sound suspiciously like propeller aircraft of the day. It stands to reason as rockets and jets didn't yet exist and probably met 1936 audience expectations of propulsion sounds.

April 6, 1946 -
Another in the series of Daffy/ Porky cartoons, Daffy Doodles, premiered on this date.

This cartoon is the first full-length cartoon that animator Robert McKimson directed.

April 6, 1953 -
Universal Pictures released the science fiction comedy film Abbott and Costello Go To Mars, directed by Charles Lamont and starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, in U.S. theaters on this date.

Lou Costello did not want to make the movie, declaring, "No way I'll do that crap. My little girl could write something better than this." A $50,000 advance in salary and the signing of director Charles Lamont, the team's good friend and the man who some call their best director, convinced him otherwise.

April 6, 1967 -
The Star Trek episode The City on the Edge of Forever premiered on this date. It has been considered the best episode of the series by fans, critics, and crew alike.

The episode was widely be considered controversial for a number of reasons, not the least is which is that the subtext of the storyline addresses issues surrounding the Vietnam-war movement, but the episode is most notable for using the the word “hell” for the first time on television in its parting line (delivered by Kirk), “Let’s get the hell out of here.”

April 6, 1974
Waterloo won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden on this date.

ABBA not only recorded this song in their native Swedish and then in English but they also recorded a version in French for the French markets and one in German for the German markets. There is also a version in both French and Swedish that is an overdubbing of both the Swedish and French versions.

April 6, 1984 -
Paul Mazursky's comedy-drama, Moscow on the Hudson, starring Robin Williams and Maria Conchita Alonso premiered in the US on this date.

Director Paul Mazursky spent a year's preparation on this movie by speaking with Russians living in the U.S., as well as ones still living in the then Soviet Union in Kiev, Moscow and Leningrad.

April 6, 2009 -
J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto premiered in Austin, Texas on this date.

The Korean-American actor John Cho was initially uncertain about being cast as the Japanese-American officer Hikaru Sulu, but George Takei, who played Sulu on Star Trek: The Original Series, encouraged him to take the role, as Sulu is a character who represents all of Asia.

Today's moment of Zen

Today in History:
April 6, 1327
Francesco Petrarch, former priest and foot fetisher, met Laura de Sade (the wife of Count Hugues de Sade, an ancestor of the Marquis de Sade) in a church at Avignon on this date, and was inspired for the rest of his life. He wrote his finest poems about her beauty and loveliness.

This event has been taken to mark the beginning of the Renaissance.

Now you know.

April 6, 1570 -
Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael) was an Italian master painter and architect of the Florentine school in High Renaissance, celebrated for the perfection and grace of his paintings. To celebrate his upcoming 37th birthday, Raphael got together with his girlfriend, Margherita and made hot monkey love. As is often the case, too much of a good thing can kill you.

So, on Good Friday, April 6, 1570, attempted to get out of bed after a night of excessive sex, Raphael fell into a fever. And not telling his doctors that this was its cause, given it was Good Friday, was given the wrong cure, which killed him.

April 6, 1868 -
To celebrate the 38th anniversary of the founding of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Joseph Smith Jr. and the 8th anniversary of the the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by Joseph Smith III (Joe Jr.'s son), Mormon prophet Brigham Young married 23-year-old Ann Eliza Webb on this date.

This was Young's 27th wife, 18 of which are still married to him.

All I can say is - it's hard enough to keep one woman moderately happy - imagine the amount of energy it takes to keep 19 women amused.

April 6, 1896 -
The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, were held in Athens, Greece starting on this date. These games were the first modern Olympic Games and the first Games since Roman emperor Theodosius I banned the Ancient Olympic Games in 393.

They were held between Monday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 15, 1896. Europeans were so enthusiastic about the revival of the Olympics, they didn't notice until four years later that the Summer Games were held in early spring.

On this day in 1895, Oscar Wilde was arrested in room 118 of the Cadogan Hotel in London.

He was arrested for "gross indecency" i.e. sodomy.

April 6, 1909 -
A team lead by Robert E. Peary, Matthew A. Henson and four Inuit team members become the first men to reach the North Pole on this date. Arctic explorer Frederick A. Cook claims to have discovered the North Pole a year earlier, but the assertion will later be disproved. They established "Camp Jesup" allegedly within five miles of the pole.

The claim was disputed by skeptics and in 1988 the original navigational records were uncovered from the dog-sled voyage indicating that Peary probably never got closer than 121 miles from the North Pole. The first person to undisputedly reach the exact North Pole was Joseph Fletcher in 1952.

On this day in 1917, the United States formally declared war against Germany and entered World War I. At the time, the war had been going on in Europe for three years, but there was no real immediate threat to the United States.

Up until then, Woodrow Wilson had been opposed to the war. His campaign for president in 1916 included the slogan, "He kept us out of the war," though Wilson never used that phrase himself.

April 6, 1925 -
The first in-flight film was shown on an airplane (Imperial Airline) on a flight from London to Paris on this date.

The film was, The Lost World, the first science-fiction film (with early examples of stop-motion special effects) about prehistoric dinosaurs in a remote South American jungle. Given the plane’s wood frame and fabric hull, the actual film stock, which was extremely flammable, poses a significant danger on the flight.

April 6, 1930 -
Hostess Twinkies were invented by bakery executive James Dewar on this date.

Twinkies are back on the shelves and will probably be there long after we are all carried away by COVID-19.

April 6, 1971 -
The Rolling Stones held a party in Cannes to unveil the launching of Rolling Stone Records on this date. The record label was created to promote the hits of The Rolling Stones. The famous Stones trademark, the lips logo, became widely used.

Brown Sugar was the first hit by the Rolling Stones on the new label, followed by Wild Horses and Tumbling Dice.

April 6, 1994 -
The Rwandan Genocide began, on this date, with the assassination of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana.

It lasted a little more than 100 days, but claimed over 800,000 lives.

April 6, 1998 -
Wendy O. Williams, former porn star and singer for The Plasmatics, killed herself with a gun near her Connecticut home on this date.

Please crank this up to 11 in her honor.

And so it goes.

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