Wednesday, June 12, 2013

This Date in History - June 12

Happy birthday, Jim Nabors.  You've finally come out of the closet.  Goll-ee.

1381:  THE PEASANTS REVOLT IN ENGLAND.

Back then, there was the 2%.

1418:  AN INSURRECTION DELIVERS PARIS TO THE BURGUNDIANS.

And, hence, we get the dish with beef.

1560:  DURING THE BATTLE OF OKEHAZAMA, ODA NOBUNAGA DEFEATS IMAGAWA YOSHIMOTO.

Is this the World Wide Wrestling Federation?

1665:  ENGLAND INSTALLS A MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT IN NEW YORK CITY.

Yo, London, don't expect that to last long.

1775:  BRITISH GENERAL THOMAS GAGE DECLARES MARTIAL LAW IN MASSACHUSETTS.  THE BRITISH OFFER A PARDON TO ALL COLONISTS WHO LAY DOWN THEIR ARMS.

Their arms?  Is it too soon after the Boston Marathon to make a limb joke?

1827:  AUTHOR JOHANNA SPYRI IS BORN.

Author of "Heidi."  And not a New York Jet fan.

1860:  THE STATE BANK OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE IS ESTABLISHED.

Lousy interest rates.

1864:  DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT GIVES THE CONFEDERATE FORCES A VICTORY WHEN HE PULLS TROOPS FROM VIRGINIA.

Ha, they fell for it.

1916:  FILM PRODUCER IRWIN ALLEN IS BORN.

The inventor of the disaster movie.  I raise my glass to this man.

1924:  PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH IS BORN.

So who knocked the H out of his son?

1928:  SINGER VIC DAMONE IS BORN.

You just know that he has some sort of mob ties.

1928:  COMPOSER RICHARD M. SHERMAN IS BORN.

Chim chim cheroo.

1929:  AUTHOR ANNE FRANK IS BORN.

A one hit wonder.

1930:  ACTOR JIM NABORS IS BORN.

So, now that we know, did he really hook up with Rock Hudson?

1939:  SHOOTING BEGINS ON PARAMOUNT'S "DR. CYCLOPS," THE FIRST HORROR FILM SHOT IN TECHNICOLOR.

So, for once, the blood wasn't gray.

1939:  THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME OPENS IN COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK.

Now there's a reason to go there.

1941:  SPORTSCASTER MARV ALBERT IS  BORN.

Oh, look, he was born with a full head of hair.

1942:  ANNE FRANK RECEIVES A DIARY FOR HER 13TH BIRTHDAY.

I guess giving her a bicycle wouldn't have worked in that attic.

1954:  POPE PIUS XII CANONIZES DOMINIC SAVIO, WHO WAS 14 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH, AS A SAINT.  HE IS THE YOUNGEST NON-MARTYR SAINT IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.

Until they canonized Justin Bieber.

1957:  BANDLEADER JIMMY DORSEY DIES.

The sloppy second in the Dorsey household.

1963:  CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER MEDGAR EVERS IN MURDERED BY THE KLU KLUX KLAN IN FRONT OF HIS MISSISSIPPI HOME.

Meanwhile, all across town, housewives were wondering what happened to all the bed sheets on their clotheslines.

1964:  ANTI-APARTHEID ACTIVIST NELSON MANDELA IS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN A SOUTH AFRICAN PRISON.

Unless you missed the papers, he did eventually get out.

1967:  THE US SUPREME COURT IN LOVING VS. VIRGINIA DECLARES ALL US STATE LAWS WHICH PROHIBIT INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE TO BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

So that's why Sammy Davis Jr. was so worried....

1978:  DAVID BERKOWITZ, THE SON OF SAM KILLER, IS SENTENCED TO 365 YEARS IN PRISON.

Unless you missed the papers, he never gets out.

1980:  ACTOR MILBURN STONE DIES.

Doc in "Gunsmoke."

1983:  ACTRESS NORMA SHEARER DIES.

Unless you missed the papers, she never went to jail for anything.

1987:  AT THE BRANDENBURG GATE IN BERLIN, US PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN PUBLICLY CHALLENGES MIKHAIL GORBACHEV TO TEAR DOWN THE BERLIN WALL.

It would have been easier to call "1-800-Got-Junk."

1989:  SINGER LOU MONTE DIES.

Lazy Mary, get out of bed, we need the sheets for the table.

1991:  RUSSIANS ELECT BORIS YELTSIN AS PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC.

Please insert your favorite Rocky and Bullwinkle joke here.

1994:  NICOLE BROWN SIMPSON AND RONALD GOLDMAN ARE MURDERED IN LOS ANGELES.

By OJ Simpson.  Or don't you know that?????

1996:  IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, A PANEL OF FEDERAL JUDGES BLOCKS A LAW AGAINST INDECENCY ON THE INTERNET.

Thank goodness.  Or less you wouldn't be reading that on this blog.

2002:  DESIGNER BILL BLASS DIES.

No relation to Pirate pitcher Steve.

2003:  ACTOR GREGORY PECK DIES.

The mockingbird is dead and so is he.

2007:  "MR. WIZARD"  DON HERBERT DIES.

Hey, if you're so smart, how come..........

Dinner last night:  Tasty Italian sub at the Dodger game.

 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jim Nabors is as hard to look at as Streisand. Yikes! Those horse teeth. That voice, acting or singing, is no bargain. Never a fan of Gomer Pyle.