Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This Date in History - April 10

Happy birthday, Omar Sharif.  It's probably so much cooler without that Wamsutta fitted sheet over your head.

837:  HALLEY'S COMET AND EARTH EXPERIENCED THEIR CLOSEST APPROACH TO ONE ANOTHER.

If you were Halley's Comet, would you want to get close to Earth?

879:  LOUIS III BECOMES KING OF THE WESTERN KINGS.

Louis III equals Farmer John.

1407:  THE LAMA DESHIN SHEKPA VISITS THE MING DYNASTY CAPITAL AT NANJING.  HE IS AWARDED THE TITLE GREAT TREASURE PRINCE OF DHARMA.  

And Greg?

1606:  THE CHARTER OF THE VIRGINIA COMPANY OF LONDON IS ESTABLISHED BY ROYAL CHARTER BY JAMES I OF ENGLAND WITH THE PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING COLONIAL SETTLEMENTS IN NORTH AMERICA.

And so it begins.  Here comes Thanksgiving.

1710:  THE STATUTE OF ANNE, THE FIRST LAW REGULATING COPYRIGHT, ENTERS INTO FORCE IN GREAT BRITAIN.

Until somebody stole the law and copied it.

1796:  PIONEER JIM BOWIE IS BORN.

David's great-great-grandfather.

1815:  THE MOUNT TAMBORA VOLCANO BEGINS A THREE MONTH LONG ERUPTION.  IT AFFECTS EARTH'S CLIMATE FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

Nobody tell Al Gore.

1847:  PUBLISHER JOSEPH PULITZER IS BORN.

He was no prize.

1856:  THE THETA CHI FRATERNITY IS FOUNDED AT NORWICH UNIVERSITY.

When is the first Norwich Unioversity panty raid?

1865:  DURING THE CIVIL WAR, GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE ADDRESSES HIS TROOPS FOR THE LAST TIME AFTER SURRENDERING THE DAY BEFORE.

"We lost.  Deal with it."

1866:  THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (ASPCA) IS FOUNDED IN NEW YORK.

Dogs buy the first round.

1874:  THE FIRST ARBOR DAY IS CELEBRATED IN NEBRASKA.

Again, dogs buy the first round.

1912:  THE TITANIC LEAVES ENGLAND FOR HER FIRST AND ONLY VOYAGE.

Can I get that drink with crushed ice?

1915:  ACTOR HARRY MORGAN IS BORN.

I once saw him eating soup at Jerry's Famous Deli in Westwood, California.

1916:  THE PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (PGA) IS CREATED IN NEW YORK CITY.

Because there's a lot of golf courses in Manhattan.

1921:  ACTOR CHUCK CONNORS IS BORN.

Before he was the Rifleman, he was a Brooklyn Dodger.

1925:  THE GREAT GATSBY BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD IS FIRST PUBLISHED IN NEW YORK CITY.

Oh, great.  Now I have homework.

1929:  ACTOR MAX VON SYDOW IS BORN.

The power of Christ compels you.

1932:  ACTOR OMAR SHARIF IS BORN.

Also a champion bridge player.  As if anybody still plays that.

1936:  FOOTBALL COACH/ANNOUNCER JOHN MADDEN IS BORN.

Probably in the back of a bus.

1938:  FOOTBALL PLAYER/ANNOUNCER DON MEREDITH IS BORN.

Dandy Don!

1953:  WARNER BROTHERS PREMIERES THE FIRST 3-D FILM, "HOUSE OF WAX."

An invention that still doesn't really work in 2013.

1959:  AKIHITO, FUTURE EMPEROR OF JAPAN, WEDS MICHIKO.

How do you say "who cares" in Japanese?

1962:  DIRECTOR MICHAEL CURTIZ DIES.

He directed three films on my list of Top 25 Favorite Movies.  "Yankee Doodle Dandy,"  "Mildred Pierce," and "White Christmas."

1963:  129 AMERICAN SAILORS DIE WHEN THE SUBMARINE USS THRESHER SINKS AT SEA.

Thresher is trashed.

1965:  ACTRESS LINDA DARNELL DIES.

In a fire.  Forever Embers.

1970:  PAUL MCCARTNEY ANNOUNCES THAT HE IS LEAVING THE BEATLES FOR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL REASONS.

Those reasons include one Yoko Ono?

1971:  IN AN ATTEMPT TO THAW RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES, CHINA HOSTS THE US TABLE TENNIS TEAM FOR A VISIT.

What?  No air hockey??

1972:  FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE NOVEMBER 1967, AMERICAN B-52 BOMBERS BEGIN BOMBING NORTH VIETNAM.

What did you expect bombers to do?  Dump water balloons?

1975:  ACTRESS MARJORIE MAIN DIES.

The tugboat is docked.

1991:  ACTRESS NATALIE SCHAFER DIES.

When it comes to life, Schafer, you're not having more than one.

1992:  COMEDIAN SAM KINISON DIES.

Twenty plus years later, people can still hear him screaming.

2000:  ACTOR LARRY LINVILLE DIES.

Ferretface.

2010:  ACTRESS DIXIE CARTER DIES.

Ain't whistlin' now.

Dinner last night:  Pork schnitzel and potato salad at Bier Beisl.


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