Wednesday, June 24, 2009

24 June: "... While I Did A Wee-Wee In Your Hair/And Beat You With A Pair Of Tennis Shoes I Got From Jeff Beck ..."

By The Associated Press 1 hr 35 mins ago Today is Wednesday, June 24, the 175th day of 2009. There are 190 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: Five hundred years ago, on June 24, 1509, Henry VIII was crowned king of England; his wife, Catherine of Aragon, was crowned queen consort. On this date: In 1314, the forces of Scotland's King Robert I defeated the English in the Battle of Bannockburn. In 1497, the first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place as explorer John Cabot spotted land, probably in present-day Canada. In 1793, the first republican constitution in France was adopted. In 1807, a grand jury in Richmond, Va., indicted former Vice President Aaron Burr on charges of treason and high misdemeanor. (He was later acquitted). In 1812, Napoleon's army entered Russia. In 1901, Pablo Picasso's artwork was given its first exhibition, in Paris. In 1908, the 22nd and 24th presidents of the United States, Grover Cleveland, died in Princeton, N.J., at age 71. In 1940, France signed an armistice with Italy during World War II. In 1948, Communist forces cut off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the western allies to organize the Berlin Airlift.The Republican National Convention, meeting in Philadelphia, nominated New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey for president. In 1968, "Resurrection City," a shantytown constructed as part of the Poor People's March on Washington, D.C., was closed down by authorities. In 1975, 113 people were killed when an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 crashed while attempting to land during a thunderstorm at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger — carrying America's first woman in space, Sally K. Ride — coasted to a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. In 1997, the Air Force released a report on the so-called "Roswell Incident," suggesting the alien bodies witnesses reported seeing in 1947 were actually life-sized dummies. Ten years ago: Union organizers claimed victory after workers at six Fieldcrest Cannon mills in North Carolina voted to be represented by the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees. (Fieldcrest Cannon's parent company, Pillowtex, went bankrupt in 2003.) Testimony wound to an end after 76 days in the landmark Microsoft antitrust trial. Five years ago: Federal investigators questioned President George W. Bush for more than an hour in connection with the news leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. A federal appeals court struck down an FCC effort to make sweeping changes in media ownership rules. In a bizarre conclusion to a huge upset, the chair umpire called the wrong score in the second tiebreaker, and Venus Williams fell 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) to Karolina Sprem in the second round at Wimbledon. One year ago: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe refused to give into pressure from Africa and the West, saying the world can "shout as loud as they like" but he would not cancel an upcoming runoff election even though his opponent had quit the race. Leonid Hurwicz, who shared the Nobel Prize in economics in 2007, died in Minneapolis at age 90. Today's Birthdays: Author Ambrose Bierce was born in 1842. He is dead (we think; no one's seen the body). Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (1895) is dead, & band leader Phil Harris (1904) would be 105 today if he weren't dead. Still kicking: Actor Al Molinaro is 90. Comedian Jack Carter is 86. Movie director Claude Chabrol is 79. Actress Michele Lee is 67. Actor-director Georg Stanford Brown is 66. Rock musician Jeff Beck is 65.
(The full quote from the title: "Well, there are a lot of reasons why I'd drag a girl such as yourself back to this plastic hotel room ... and rip you off for spare change to run a ... to run a vibrating machine attached to this queen-size, bulk-purchase, kapok-infested, do-not-remove-tag-under-penalty-of-law type bed and, and make you take off all your little clothes ... until you are nearly stark raving nude. (Save for your chrome-with-heavy-duty-leather-thong peace medallion) and make you assume a series of marginally erotic poses involving a plastic chair and an old guitar strap, while I did a wee-wee in your hair/And beat you with a pair of tennis shoes I got from Jeff Beck ...")
Singer Arthur Brown is 65. Rock singer Colin Blunstone (The Zombies) is 64. Musician Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) is 62. Actor Peter Weller is 62. Rock musician John Illsley (Dire Straits) is 60. Actress Nancy Allen is 59. Reggae singer Derrick Simpson (Black Uhuru) is 59. Actor Joe Penny is 53. Reggae singer Astro (UB40) is 52. Singer-musician Andy McCluskey (Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark) is 50. Rock singer Curt Smith is 48. Actress Danielle Spencer is 44. Actress Sherry Stringfield is 42. Singer Glenn Medeiros is 39. Actress-producer Mindy Kaling is 30. Actress Minka Kelly (TV's "Friday Night Lights") is 29. Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick is 25. Singer Solange Knowles is 23. Also born on this date, but scared to admit the yr. [50 if he's a day!! — Ed.]: The Pride of Beantown (though he's been irking Californians for the last 20-odd yrs.) Johnny "Johnny Angel" Wendel, local part-time radio personality.(DJs rank above terminal lepers [below curable lepers, however] in the Registry of Professions.) Today In Entertainment History -- In 1965, John Lennon's second book, "A Spaniard in the Works," was published. In 1967, Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale" were released. In 1972, Helen Reddy released the song "I Am Woman." In 1973, Al Kooper reunited with the original Blues Project for a concert in New York's Central Park. In 1986, actress Raquel Welch won a $10.8 million verdict against MGM, which she claimed ruined her career by firing her from the 1980 movie "Cannery Row." In 1987, actor Jackie Gleason died at the age of 71. In 1990, Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block fell nine feet through a stage trapdoor during a concert in Saratoga, New York. He had to have nine stitches, but otherwise suffered only cuts and bruises. That very same day, keyboardist Roger O'Donnell quit The Cure. He was replaced by Perry Bamonte, who was a roadie for the band. In 1995, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam left the stage after seven songs during a San Francisco concert because of stomach flu. Neil Young finished the show but was booed by fans who had come to see Pearl Jam. In 1997, actor Brian Keith killed himself at his home in Malibu, California. He was 75. Thoughts for Today: "There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you if you don't repeat it." — Pearl Bailey, American singer and actress (1918-1990). And what UPI gave us from the entirety of Bierce's work: "An acquaintance is a person whom we know well enough to borrow from but not well enough to lend to."

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