Sunday, January 9, 2022

Note to self: invest in toilet plungers

During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food.

That’s the weight of about six elephants.

January 9, 1788 -
Connecticut ratified the new U.S. Constitution on this date and became the fifth state to join the United States.

I guess that's only important if you come from Connecticut (which I do not.)

January 9, 1959 -
The TV Western, Rawhide, with Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates premiered on CBS-TV on this date.

Clint Eastwood used the same gun and wore the same boots as in his "Spaghetti Westerns" A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He also wore those same boots in Unforgiven.

January 9, 1968 -
It Takes A Thief, starring Robert Wagner, premiered on ABC-TV on this date.

Al Mundy's apartment was in the Watergate complex, famed for Nixon break-in in 1972.

January 9, 1996 -
Four extraterrestrials first land on Earth and find Earthlings mostly wanting, when NBC-TV first aired 3rd Rock from the Sun on this date.

One of John Lithgow's reasons for doing this television series was to allow him a "family friendly" work schedule, which he was unable to manage in theatre with an 8 p.m. curtain time, and movies, which required location shooting. Lithgow wanted to be at home with his family and this show allowed that.

January 9, 1998 -
Screenwriters and actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s breakthrough film, Good Will Hunting went into general release on this date.

Casey Affleck ad-libbed most of his lines. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Gus Van Sant later admitted that Casey's improvised lines were much funnier and better than what had been originally written for him.

January 9, 2000 -
Fox-TV brought back the single-camera, no-laugh track comedy when, Malcolm in the Middle premiered on this date.

Although the family's surname was revealed as Wilkerson in the pilot episode, it was decided afterwards that they should not have a last name. A running joke on-set was that the family's last name was "Nolastname". This is officially confirmed in the final episode, Malcolm in the Middle: Graduation, when Francis drops his work pass, and his surname is briefly seen. Further confirmation can be seen when Malcolm is introduced to the stage for his speech. His last name is not heard, as the microphone screeches at the crucial moment, but you can read the announcer's lips clearly saying "Malcolm Nolastname".

Another book from the back shelf of the ACME Library

Today in History:
January 9, 1768 (I've also seen it posted as April 4, 1768) -
The first modern circus opened in London, England on this date - cavalry sergeant Philip Astley staged the first modern circus, performing elaborate feats on the backs of horses racing around a ring.

Though similar entertainment had existed for centuries, Astley was the first to hold a circus in a ring, and to gather such disparate forms of entertainment together. And people paid good money to smell horse manure in a theatre.

January 9, 1793 -
The first US manned balloon flight occurred as Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J.

He stayed airborne for 46 minutes, traveled close to 15 miles and set down at the "old Clement farm" in Deptford, New Jersey. President George Washington was in Philadelphia for the event, along with Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, James Monroe and other bigwigs.

January 9, 1913 -
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.

Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, was born on this date.

Also born on this date -
January 9, 1913 (or 1911) -
Sing out Louise!!!

Rose Louise Hovick, actress, ecdysiast and writer, was born on this date.

January 9, 1915 -
When a person has an accent, it means he can speak one more language than you.

Fernando Álvaro Lamas y de Santos, actor and director, was born on this date.

January 9, 1920 -
The Human Fly, George Polley, attempted to climb to the top of the Woolworth Building (57 Floors) in New York City on this date.

He was able to reach the 30th floor before being arrested.

January 9, 1960 -
Professor Severus Snape, a half-blood wizard who was the son of the witch Eileen Snape (née Prince) and Muggle Tobias Snape, was born on this date.

During his lifetime, Severus Snape was Potions Master (1981-1996), Defense Against the Dark Arts professor (1996-1997), and Headmaster (1997-1998) of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (which he attended as a student from 1971-1978.)

January 9, 1981 -
Jesus saves and (insert your favorite sports figure here) scores.

Hockey Hall of Famer, Phil Esposito, said he would call it quits as a hockey player after the New York Rangers-Buffalo Sabres hockey game. It was a game that seemed like it might never end - both teams skated to a 3-3 tie. Esposito quit the New York Rangers and went on to become General Manager and coach of the Rangers. Phil Esposito played for the Boston Bruins when he won the Hart Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player in the NHL in 1969 and 1974 and helped lead the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Championships in 1970 and 1972.

January 9, 1995 -
I am very interested in the Universe - I am specialising in the Universe and all that surrounds it.

The very influential English comic/actor Peter Cook, died at 57, on this date.

January 9, 2007 -
We're going to make some history together today.

Steve Jobs introduced Apple's iPhone to the world, on this date. The unveiling occurred at the Macworld convention in San Francisco.

And so it goes

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

actress, ecdysiast and writer indeed