Monday, August 2, 2010

Call Me Sentimental

So, Butch Patrick, of Eddie Munster fame, has a birthday today.

He is also finally engaged to be married.

It's a cute story, about how a childhood fan of his Munster character, who had also never married, got back in touch after several decades.

Call me a sentimental old slob, but I like the story, and I'm happy for both of them.

Quote of the Day

Why does every black person in the movies have to play a servant? How about a black person walking up the steps of a court house carrying a briefcase?
Myrna Loy, American actress, challenging MGM bosses in the 1930s

Today is

British Colombia Day -- British Colombia, Canada

Distribution of Charity Monies -- Fairy Calendar, Imps only

Dryad's Day (Water nymphs, gods, and goddesses, variously celebrated
throughout the world)

Farmer's Day -- Zambia

Feast of Aphrodite and Eros -- Ancient Greek Calendar

Friendship Day

Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition

Harriet Quimby Day (Early American Aviator)

Ilindan -- Bosnia-Herzegovina; Ukraine; other Slavic countries; Feast
day of St Ilia the Prophet, also known as Elias or Elijah

International Forgiveness Day

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Nuestra Senora de los Angeles -- Costa Rica

Picnic Day -- Australia

Sinjks Alka, Yugoslavia (Spear Throwing Tournament)

Sisters Day

St. Elias' Day

St. Sidwell's Day

Birthdays Today

Butch Patrick, 1953
Peter O'Toole, 1932
James Baldwin, 1924
Carroll O'Connor, 1924
Myrna Loy, 1905
Jack L. Warner, 1892
Elisha Gray, 1835

Today in History:

Philip II of Macedon leads his army to defeat the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, which secured Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean, BC338
Hannibal leads his Corinthian army to defeat the superior forces of Rome, BC216
Henry Hudson sails into what it is now known as Hudson Bay, thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean, 1610
First United States Census, 1790
First parachute jump in the US, 1819
Publication of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", 1865
Japan's samurai, farmer, artisan, merchant class system is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms, 1869
Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London, 1870
Wild Bill Hickok meets his death; shot in the back while playing poker, his hand, a pair of Aces and a pair of eights, is now called "Dead Man's Hand", 1876
Calamity Jane (Martha Jame Cannary) dies, 1903
Typhoon in China kills about 60,000, 1922
The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson, 1932
Pakistan is re-admitted back into the Commonwealth of Nations, 1989

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