Wednesday, October 13, 2021

More presidential trivia

I have never been hurt by anything I didn’t say.

While he was president, Calvin Coolidge loved having his head rubbed with Vaseline while he ate his breakfast in bed.

October 13, 1947 -
Kids, back when the earth cooled and formed a hard crust, there was a very popular TV series featuring two puppets and a very polite lady that ad-libbed the entire show - Junior Jamboree - a version which ultimately became Kukla, Fran and Ollie premiered on this date.

(this is not the premiere episode, but it is from 1949!)

One episode of the show was broadcast in color in fall 1949, in Washington, D.C., as a demonstration to the FCC of RCA's line-sequential color TV system. The same episode was performed live a second time the same afternoon, for network broadcast in black and white, but using the experimental color cameras.

October 13, 1950 -
Joseph L. Mankiewicz's brilliantly caustic valentine to Broadway, All About Eve premiered in NYC on this date.

Upon learning that he had cast Bette Davis, one of her former directors, Edmund Goulding, rang up Joseph L. Mankiewicz and warned him that she would grind him down into a fine powder. This was a reference to her on-set behavior, not the least of which was rewriting her dialogue. The warning proved to be unnecessary, however, since Davis knew better than to mess with Mankiewicz's finely tuned screenplay. In fact, Mankiewicz found her to be one of the most professional and agreeable actresses he'd ever worked with.

October 13, 1957 -
CBS-TV broadcasts The Edsel Show, a one-hour live special starring Bing Crosby designed to promote the new, ill-fated Ford automobile, on this date.

It is the first and currently the oldest surviving show on videotape. It was aired live on this date in prime time, and simultaneously taped and filmed in kinescope for the sole purpose of broadcasting for the three-hour time delay on the West Coast.

October 13, 1966 -
The sixth episode of Star Trek, Mudd’s Women premiered on this date. In it, The Enterprise picks up a traveling con man, Harry Mudd, and his “beautiful” female cargo; the females seem to have a strange effect on the male crew.

This is the first episode in which the Enterprise's power source is named, however, they are called simply "lithium crystals", and not "dilithium" as was done in all later episodes of this and all later incarnations of Star Trek.

October 13, 1973 -
Terrence Malick directorial debut, Badlands starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek premiered at the New York Film Festival on this date.

The film's plot and lead characters are based on Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate. In 1958, they embarked on a murder spree that horrified the country.

October 13, 1978 -
Queen released their double A sided single Fat Bottomed Girls/ Bicycle Race on this date.

The songs ran together on the album, and were often played that way by radio stations. The year before, Queen released We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions as a double A-side. They are still usually played together by radio stations. Each song has a reference to the other in the lyrics: in Bicycle Race, a lyric runs: Fat bottomed girls, they'll be riding today, so look out for those beauties, oh yeah. In Fat Bottomed Girls the closing call shouts get on your bikes and ride!, linking the two songs together.

October 13, 1979 -
The Police's second album Reggatta De Blanc started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK on this date.

The first three Police albums, Outlandos d'Amour, Reggatta de Blanc, and Zenyatta Mondatta, were named by their manager, Miles Copeland (Police drummer Stewart Copeland's brother), using words he made up. Reggatta de Blanc is the only one that is also the name of a song. In Copeland's language, it translates to "White Reggae," indicating the reggae rhythms the band was using. The fourth and fifth Police albums got away from this naming convention and were titled by Sting: Ghost in the Machine and Synchronicity.

October 13, 1984 -
Stevie Wonder's song I Just Called To Say I Love You gets to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard chart on this date. It goes on to become his best-selling single worldwide.

This was featured in the movie The Woman In Red, starring Kelly LeBrock as the woman and Gene Wilder as the married man mesmerized by her. Stevie wrote most of the soundtrack for the movie; he got the gig after Dionne Warwick, who was the "song coordinator" on the film, suggested him to the producers.

October 13, 1989 -
One of Woody Allen’s more serious films, Crimes and Misdemeanors, starring Martin Landau, Claire Bloom, Anjelica Huston and Alan Alda, premiered on this date.

Originally, Alan Alda was only supposed to appear in the opening party scene with Daryl Hannah. Woody Allen expanded Alda's part after he asked Alda to improvise and Allen liked the improvisation. Allen wrote Alda's part as they went along.

October 13, 2000 -
Universal Pictures' Stephen Daldry comedy-drama, Billy Elliot, starring Jamie Bell, Gary Lewis, and Julie Waters, went into limited release in the US, on this date.

Julie Walters had no previous experience with ballet before this movie. Admittedly, while filming, she went through menopause and hereby struggled with the moves and hot sweats. She felt she reminded herself of the hippopotamus from Fantasia.

Another failed ACME Product

Today in History:
October 13, 54 -
Roman Emperor Claudius I (Derek Jacobi) consumes a favorite mushroom dish prepared by his fourth wife, Agrippina. What he does not know is that the meal is laced with the toxin of the Amanita phalloides mushroom. Feeling ill the next morning, Claudius summons his personal physician. Unfortunately, the doctor happened to be a co-conspirator in the scheme, administering a colocynth enema which killed Claudius instantly.

So remember kids - avoid all doctor prescribed poisoned enemas.

October 13, 1066 -
King Harold II was not having a really good day. William of Normandy (who was so important as not to need a last name, just an address) gave him the opportunity to relinquish his crown, and therefore England. Harold refused, which was not a good choice for him. The next day William took it by force at the Battle of Hastings, causing Harold’s demise.

Somehow this led to today being unlucky for everyone else, who is not a monarch of an island nation.

Ocotober 13, 1492 -
Psst, bunkies, remember today is really the day that Columbus' ships really landed in the Bahamas.

Hopefully you remembered to celebrate this Columbus Day by walking into someone's house and telling them that you live there now.

October 13, 1660 -
Major General Thomas Harrison, a leading member of the republican regime and signatory to Charles I’s death warrant, discovered that karma is a bitch today.

He was found guilty of regicide and was hanged, drawn and quartered by the Restoration government on this date; a spectacle witnessed by Samuel Pepys who recorded him ‘looking as cheerful as any man could do in that condition’.

October 13, 1792 -

It was on this day in Washington D.C. that the cornerstone was laid for the presidential residence, now known as the White House. The Frenchman, Pierre L'Enfant, who designed Washington, D.C. wanted the residence to look like the palace of Versailles. George Washington thought that was a little too fancy, so he got an Irish architect named James Hoban to reduce the design to one-fifth of its original size. Washington, once again in his Masonic sexual frenzy, laid the cornerstone and supervised the construction. John Adams was the first president to call it home.

People nicknamed it the White House from the very beginning. There was a coat of whitewash brushed on the sandstone to protect it against winter. Thomas Jefferson was the one who installed flushing toilets. Andrew Jackson got the first shower. Martin Van Buren brought in central heating. Rutherford B. Hayes introduced the telephone. Benjamin Harrison had it wired for electricity. President Truman brought in the first TV set.

October 13, 1812 -
Sir Isaac Brock, British Army Officer who fought with famous chief Tecumseh, died in Canada during the War of 1812, on this date. He became know as the Savior of Upper Canada. He and his aide-de camp, Lieutenant Colonel John Macdonell (who also died at the same battle, were buried with great military ceremony near Fort George on October 16. Thus began his zombie-like entombment (he was buried four times!)

Canada decided to built a war memorial to General Brock in 1814, so they got around to re-interring Brock and his pal Macdonell in 1824. In 1840, somehow an Irish-Canadian named Benjamin Lett, angry with the British, blew up Brock's monument. In a lightening speed response by Canadian officials, plans were drawn up to build a second memorial to Brock and Macdonell (I'm sure Macdonell was sorry he ever went to work for Brock.) Their unrested corpses were moved to a third burial site in Queenston village, near the site of their demise.

October 13, 1853 marks the fourth and final burial for these men. About fifteen thousand attended the event, some of whom were veterans of the War of 1812. The structure was inaugurated on October 13, 1859!

October 13, 1884 -
With worldwide travel becoming more common, an international time standard was in high demand. At the behest of the International Meridian Conference and the urging of President Chester A. Arthur, the longitudinal Universal Time meridian was established on this date.

The International Meridian Conference established the meridian as the local time at the Royal Greenwich Observatory in England.

October 13, 1914 -
Garrett Morgan invented and patented a gas mask, (U.S. patent 1,113,675) consisting of a canvas hood placed over the head on this date. A double tube extended from the hood and merged into a single tube at the back. The open end held a sponge soaked with water to filter out smoke and to cool incoming air.

On July 25, 1916, Morgan made national news for using the gas mask to recover several men trapped after an explosion at a new waterworks tunnel beneath Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. After the rescue, Morgan's company received requests from fire departments around the country who wished to purchase the new masks. The Morgan gas mask was later refined for use by U.S. Army during World War I.

October 13, 1959 -
Olive Marie Osmond, actress, singer, doll designer, Nutrisystem junkie and Osmonds family survivor, was born on this date.

Hey let's all cut Marie a break, she's had to carry Donnie's sorry ass her whole life. (But Marie, please cut out the plastic surgery, we love you just the way you are.)

October 13, 1968 -
Melvin, what are you going to do with that gun!

Bea Benaderet, radio and television actress and voice actress, died on this day.

October 13, 1969 -
The USSR launched a third spacecraft, Soyuz 8, in as many days, on this date. Soyuz 8 was part of a joint mission with Soyuz 6 and Soyuz 7 that saw three Soyuz spacecraft in orbit together at the same time, carrying a total of seven cosmonauts. The crew consisted of commander Vladimir Shatalov and flight engineer Aleksei Yeliseyev, whose mission was to dock with Soyuz 7 and transfer crew.

The main goal was to get Soyuz 8 rendezvoused with Soyuz 7 (transferring at least one cosmonaut by a spacewalk) and to have taken spectacular motion pictures of the Soyuz 7 - Soyuz 8 docking from Soyuz 6. Unfortunately, due to a failure in the electronics on all three spacecrafts, no rendezvous was able to be carried out.

October 13, 1972 -

Due to poor visibility, a Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying the Montevideo Old Christians Rugby Club, crashed high in the Chilean Andes. Of the 45 people aboard the flight, only 27 survived the crash and just 16 made it to their rescue 72 days later.

How did they do it? Cannibalism. According to one survivor, "the slight browning of the flesh gave it an immeasurably better flavor, softer than beef but with much the same taste."

So there you go - it doesn't taste just like chicken.

October 13, 1988 -
A report published in the journal Nature declared the Turin Shroud to be a 13th century fake. Although carbon-14 testing places the shroud's fabrication somewhere between 1260 and 1390 AD, true believers spend much of the next several years attempting to explain away the radiocarbon test results.

And yet, a British art historian in 2010, re-opened the whole can of worms again by suggesting that the shroud is in fact the actual burial cloth of a man who underwent a similar execution, much like Christ, around 33 AD.

October 13, 2010 -
33 Chilean miners were trapped deep underground for a record 69 days made the 17-minute journey to the surface, one by one, after surviving the best they could until the international team of rescuers were able to drill a passage and provide an escape pod, on this date.

The world was glued to their television screens for two months as engineers worked to devise a plan, and NASA provided the pod that would lift them to the surface. Never had anyone been rescued from such a depth—more than a third of a mile (622-meters) underground.

And so it goes

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

a colocynth enema indeed