Friday, March 19, 2010

Wha' Happened?

Today is Friday, 19 March 2010.

A perfect storm of historical anniversaries.


1813 – David Livingstone, I presume.
1821 – The original Richard Burton; explorer.
1848 – Wyatt Earp; American gunman.
1849 – Alfred von Tirpitz; Imperial German Navy admiral, Great War.
1860 – William Jennings Bryan; American politician who would not have humanity crucified on the cross of the Gold Standard. It was said he had a mind like a soup plate: a mile wide and an inch deep.
1888 – Josef Albers; great painter.
1891 – Earl Warren; 14th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Brown v. Board of Education.
1893 – Augusto Cesar Sandino; great Nicaraguan revolutionary.
1904 – John Sirica; judge in Watergate Trial.
1905 – Albert Speer; made the Nazi war machine hum.
1906 – Adolf Eichmann; architect and implementer of The Holocaust.
1910 – Lt. General Joseph F. Carroll; founding director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Father of James Carroll, a writer whose work deserves your attention.
1928 – Hans Kung; great theologian.
1928 – Patrick McGoohan; Secret Agent Man and The Prisoner.
1933 – Philip Roth; great novelist.
1936 – Ursula Andress; actress.
1944 – Sirhan Sirhan; assassinated Robert F. Kennedy.
1947 – Glenn Close; great actress.
1955 – Bruce Willis; great actor.


1943 – Frank Nitti; noted Chicago gangster.
1950 – Edgar Rice Burroughs; author.
1992 – Cesare Danova; actor.
1997 – Willem de Kooning; great painter.
2007 – Calvert DeForest, Jr.; great comic, better known as Larry “Bud” Melman. “Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”.
2008 – Sir Arthur C. Clarke; great author; invented concept of geosynchronous satellite. (Hari and I met The Man in 1969.)
2010 – Fess Parker; faux frontiersman.

Today is observed as “Mojoday” in “Discordianism”. What?

On this date in 2003, The Great Pretender to the Presidency of the USA/USE, George Dubya Bush, announced the beginning of the Conquest of Iraq. It was already the next day in Iraq, so tomorrow is the actual beginning of the Great Oil War.


Blogger HH said...

My bad. I mis-heard: Fess Parker died yesterday.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous huh? said...

Bruce Willis is a great actor?

11:55 AM  
Blogger HH said...

In certain limited ways. I suppose I evaluate acting differently than most, since I've done theatre off-and-on since my first lead in 2nd grade, 50 years ago in October. (Gulp!)

2:19 PM  
Anonymous wondering said...

Yes, but what have you done lately?

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AAHHHH good point- wondering. 2nd grade must have been a big moment. 52 yrs later and still boasting...

12:40 PM  

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