Friday, February 9, 2024

Remember to celebrate using only ACME fireworks!

Hey it's Lunar New Year's Eve in many parts of the world tonight:

It's a busy night, in between hanging red lanterns, the New Year reunion dinners, setting off firecrackers, giving red envelopes to kids (I will never be too old to accept a red envelope,) staying up late - Enjoy!

(So maybe it's lost in translation but you don't need A.I. to love your family but it helps?)

It is Bathtub Day,

Toothache Day (on the anniversary of the founding of the Hershey Chocolate Co, I might add,) and

Bagels and Lox Day today.

And I'm not quite sure why?

February 9, 1933 -
Based on the Mae West play Diamond Lil, the film She Done Him Wrong, opened in general release on this date. This was one of the last films to be made before the introduction of the Production Code.

During its first run engagement in New York, Mae West actually appeared on stage in scenes from the film (opposite George Metaxa) and sang several of the songs featured in the film. This formed part of a special prologue . These were popular at the time aimed at promoting major films, and the technique was used as a major plot device in the same year's big budget musical Footlight Parade  from Warner Brothers.

February 9, 1964 -
The Beatles made their US live debut on CBS-TV's The Ed Sullivan Show; they performed five songs including their current No.1 I Want To Hold Your Hand on this date.

Never before had so many viewers tuned-in to a live television program, which with 73 million viewers, was three-fourths of the total adult audience in the United States. The show had received over 50,000 requests for the 728 seats in the TV studio.

I wonder if late at night, they can still hear the ghost of those little girls screaming inside the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

February 9, 1971 -
All in the Family aired what TV scholars believe to be the first positive portrayal of a gay issue on American television on this date.

Guest stars Anthony Geary and Philip Carey both went on to play long running roles on popular ABC Soap Operas. Geary as Luke Spencer on General Hospital, and Carey as Asa Buchannan on One Life to Live.

February 9, 1976 -
Paul Simon's song, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, hits number 1 on this date.

Paul Simon has never gotten around to listing the other ways to leave but poking around the internet, I have discovered the other 45 ways:

6. Post her nude pics, Dick.
7. Delete him from your phone, Simone.
8. Block his digits, Bridget.
9. Keep him in the dark, Mark.
10. Keep blowing her off, Kristoph.
11. Just have the chat, Pat.
12. Make her break up with you, Stu.
13. Stop having sex with her, Jessic… er.
14. Give him an ultimatum, Tatum.
15. Change your address, Jess.
16. Tell the whole truth, Ruth.
17. Just get up and leave, Steve.
18. "Tell her you’ve “grown apart,” Bart.
19. Tell him “It’s not you, it’s me,” Bree.
20. Don’t give him a second chance, Lance.
21. In a public place, Chase.
22. Tell her “we’re turning into our parents,” Clarence.
23. Get back together with your ex, Lex.
24. Let yourself be the villain, Dylan.
25. Throw dishes and yell, Belle.
26. Start being mean, Gene.
27. Get really quiet, Wyatt.
28. Give up the fight, Dwight.
29. Get caught in the act, Jack.
30. Forget her birthday again, Glenn.
31. Just cut him loose, Bruce.
32. Pretend you didn’t know you were supposed to be “together,” Heather.
33. Tell her you’re married, Larry.
34. Say “It’s moving too fast,” Cass.
35. Tell him you “don’t like rules,” Jules.
36. Tell her you “don’t like labels,” Mabel.
37. Just disappear, Greer.
38. “Lose your phone,” Joan.
39. Text “We need to talk,” Brock.
40. Just be too busy, Lizzy.
41. Say you “need space,” Grace.
42. Say, “we’re just taking a break,” Jake.
43. Say, “I think I might be gay,” Ray.
44. Say, “I think I might be straight,” Nate.
45. Admit to your affair, Blair.
46. Get a restraining order, Porter.
47. Tell her “It’s me or the drinkin,” Lincoln.
48. Fly off the handle, Randall.
49. Blame everything on him, Tim.
50. Say “I don’t deserve you,” Drew

Next up - 50 ways to Delouse your Liver or 50 ways to lose your luggage

February 9, 1979 -
Based on the 1974 independent film of the same name, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, starring Dan Haggerty and Ben the Bear (Bozo), premiered on NBC TV on this date.

The series was shot in Northern Utah countryside locations. The production office was based in Park City, Utah. The production of this show put Park City on the map in the film industry, and was influential to Robert Redford, who established his Sundance Film Festival there after the series ended.

February 9, 1979 -
Before the birth of MTV, ABC-TV marked the 25th anniversary of the birth of Rock and Roll by premiering the documentary Heroes of Rock and Roll on this date.

In two hours, from the high-school gym dance scene from the film Rock Around The Clock to the closing That's all, bye-bye, of the late Frankie Lyman in the movie Rock, Rock, Rock, the documentary shows 62 artists and groups singing 100 different songs.

February 9, 1979 -
Walter Hill's film The Warriors premiered in the US on this date. The film sparked gang violence at many theaters and brought a halt to the film's marketing campaign.

Crew members were sent death threats because local gangs weren't cast. Thousands of dollars worth of equipment were damaged when one gang tore through the set during a lunch break.

February 9, 1990 -
Proving that you can throw good money after bad, CBS TV tried with an hour-long Comedy-Drama(?) version of The Brady Bunch, The Bradys, starring the usual suspect, which debuted on this date. The show lasted six episodes.

Once again Robert Reed fought with Sherwood Schwartz over script quality. When Schwartz refused to make the changes he desired, Reed bypassed him and Paramount and went straight to CBS to complain. Schwartz was furious, and no one at CBS listened because due to the executive turnover at the time, people there feared for their jobs. This would be Robert Reed's final involvement in a Brady Bunch project. Reed died two years after the series aired. Surviving cast members would continue to take part in various reunion specials and retrospectives and some made cameos in The Brady Bunch Movie.

February 9, 1997 -
The Fox cartoon series The Simpsons became the longest-running animated series in cartoon history when it aired it's 167th episode on this date.

"I can't believe we've been annoying people for this long," executive producer and show creator Matt Groening told the Associated Press. The show is still going 26 years later

Another unimportant moment in history

Today in History -
On February 9, 772, Adrian I was elected pope. His election was won largely due to strong Frank support. (This Gaelic support system was the precursor to French support, which remains anything but Frank.)

Adrian worked closely with Charlemagne, also known as Carolus Magnus (Big Chuck), the inventor of France.

So now you know.

William Henry Harrison was born on February 9, 1773. Mr. Harrison was the Ninth president of the United States.

He died after 32 days in office, although historians are quick to point out that it has never been adequately proven that he was alive prior to his inauguration.

February 9, 1825 -
John Quincy Adams became the Sixth U.S. President, despite losing the popular vote. Adams was elected by the House of Representatives on this date after the Electoral College could not arrive at a majority.

His appointment was largely due to the influence of Henry Clay (then Speaker of the House and also a candidate for the presidency in 1824), whom Adams later appointed as his Secretary of State.

The Great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky died on February 9, 1881.

He died of natural causes in Moscow, and over 40,000 mourners turned out for his funeral but what the hell do you care, you didn't read him anyway.

February 9, 1894 -
Chocoholics everywhere rejoice!

Milton Hershey founded the Hershey Chocolate Company (just in time for Valentine's Day) and began experimenting with a process mastered by the Swiss - mixing milk with chocolate on this date.

February 9, 1895
William G. Morgan met James Naismith, inventor of basketball, while Morgan was studying at Springfield College in 1892. Like Naismith, Morgan pursued a career in Physical Education at the YMCA. Morgan was greatly influenced by Naismith and his new game, basketball. On this date, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Morgan invented a less vigorous team sport more suitable for older members of the YMCA but one that still required athletic skill called Mintonette because of its similarity with badminton.

Later Professor Alfred S. Halstead watched it being played and renamed it Volleyball, because the point of the game is to volley the ball back and forth over the net.

February 9, 1909 -
The first federal law prohibiting the importation of opium was enacted, The Opium Exclusion Act of 1909 on this date.

It is aimed not particularly at the ravages the drug was having on American society but as a discriminatory act against the Chinese.

(note: most people weren't using opium in large quantities at the time.)

February 9, 1942 -
The former French cruise ship Normandie, launched in 1935, burned in New York Harbor during its conversion to an Allied trip transport ship on this date.

It was once regarded as most elegant ocean liner ever built. In 1947, the remaining wreckage was cut up for scrap.

February 9, 1950 -
Senator Joseph McCarthy announced he has a list more than 200 State Department employees who were Communist Party members on this date.

He did not mention that J. Edgar Hoover liked to wear a bustier and leather pumps.

February 9, 1969 -
Jess Wallick, flight engineer, Jack Waddell, pilot, and Brien Wygle, co-pilot, flew the first test flight of Boeing-747-100 jumbo jet over Everett’s Paine Field in Washington State, on this date.

The first plane was 225ft (68.5m) long with a tail as tall as a six-story building and required the construction of a 200-million-cubic foot (5.6m cu. m) plant at Everett, near Seattle. The last Boeing 747 to be built left the company's widebody factory in Washington on December 6, 2022.

Before you go - Today's Super Bowl commercial preview - somebody felt Arnold needed to keep busy:

Did they really need to correct his pronunciation - the guy made a fortune with that accent

And so it goes

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