Wednesday, February 6, 2013

This Date in History - February 6

Happy birthday, Zsa Zsa.  Outliving everybody.

1649:  KING CHARLES II OF ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND IS DECLARED KING OF GREAT BRITAIN BY THE PARLIAMENT OF SCOTLAND.  THE MOVE WAS NOT FOLLOWED BY THE PARLIAMENT OF ENGLAND NOR THE PARLIAMENT OF IRELAND.

Pushy folks, those Scotsmen.

1685:  JAMES II OF ENGLAND AND VII OF SCOTLAND BECOMES KING UPON THE DEATH OF HIS BROTHER CHARLES II.

How much more complicated can this get?

1756:  STATESMAN AARON BURR IS BORN.

So, how does this gun work again?

1788:  MASSACHUSETTS BECOMES THE SIXTH STATE TO RATIFY THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.

And we've stuck with obnoxious Red Sox fans ever since.

1806:  IN THE BATTLE OF SAN DOMINGO, BRITISH NAVAL VICTORY AGAINST THE FRENCH IN THE CARIBBEAN.

A pirate's life for me.

1815:  NEW JERSEY GRANTS THE FIRST AMERICAN RAILROAD CHARTER TO JOHN STEVENS.

And I always thought it went to the Cannonball on Petticoat Junction.

1843:  THE FIRST MINSTREL SHOW IN THE UNITED STATES OPENS IN NEW YORK.

Yowza, yowza, yowza.

1862:  DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, THE US NAVY GIVES THE UNION ITS FIRST VICTORY OF THE WAR, CAPTURING FORT HENRY, TENNESSEE.

A comeback is in the works.

1895:  BASEBALL PLAYER BABE RUTH IS BORN.

Can a candy bar be far behind?

1911:  PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN IS BORN.

Well, there you go again.

1912:  EVA BRAUN, MRS. ADOLF HITLER, IS BORN.

Now there's a honeymoon night I would have liked to see.

1917:  ACTRESS ZSA ZSA GABOR IS BORN.

Most likely to die very soon.

1918:  BRITISH WOMEN OVER THE AGE OF 30 GET THE RIGHT TO VOTE.

When can we enact this in America?

1933:  THE 20TH AMENDMENT TO THE US CONSTITUTION, ESTABLISHING THE BEGINNING AND ENDING OF THE TERMS OF ELECTED FEDERAL OFFICES, GOES INTO EFFECT.

And goes right out the window with FDR.

1940:  JOURNALIST TOM BROKAW IS BORN.

So, no, he's not part of the Greatest Generation.

1942:  THE UNITED KINGDOM DECLARES WAR ON THAILAND.

Sparking a price increase on Chicken Satay in London.

1943:  SINGER FABIAN FORTE IS BORN.

The last time he used his last name.

1959:  AT CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL TEST FIRING OF A TITAN MISSILE IS ACCOMPLISHED.

No report on how many were unsuccessful.  And whose homes caught on fire as a result.

1976:  COMPOSER/MUSICIAN VINCE GUARALDI DIES.

He wrote all that Charlie Brown Christmas music.  As if you thought that was really written by Snoopy.

1978:  THE BLIZZARD OF 1978 HITS THE NORTHEAST WITH A SNOWFALL RATE OF 4 INCHES PER HOUR.

I remember this storm...and all the quality time I got to spend at home.

1991:  ENTERTAINMENT DANNY THOMAS DIES.

Make Room for Formaldehyde.

1993:  TENNIS PLAYER ARTHUR ASHE DIES.

Dust to dust.

1994:  ACTOR JOSEPH COTTEN DIES.

In his memory, take a Q-Tip to lunch.

1998:  BEACH BOY CARL WILSON DIES.

Sloopy didn't hang on.

1998:  WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT IS RENAMED RONALD REAGAN AIRPORT.

On his birthday.  One, two, three, everybody...........AWWWWWWW!

2007:  SINGER FRANKIE LAINE DIES.

Now he's really raw hide.

2009:  ACTOR JAMES WHITMORE DIES.

The spokesman for Miracle Gro.  Now he can watch the grass from below.

Dinner last night:  Leftover teriyaki meatballs and vegetables.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Zsa Zsa is Hungarian for "refuses to die."