on this day in history

Daily Post : On this day 5th January

Quote of the day :

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

~ George Washington Carver (possibly born on this day)

Picture of the day :

I like this next image of a chimpanzee movie producer getting a leg up from a giraffe; it has good potential for quotes. It was taken at Disneyland Paris a few years back.

Chimpanzee film director at Disneyland Paris

Youtube video of the day :

Another favourite of my childhood, Mr Ed aired for the first time today, back in 1961. Slightly before my time, but I watched all the re-runs. This is just the intro song, but if you look you can first a number of episodes on youtube and around. Box sets of seasons 1, 2 and 3 are on Amazon UK, while in the States they have remastered up to series 5 on DVD.

Born on this day…

Born today :

  • Actor, Robert Duvall
  • Actor, Bradley Cooper
  • Actor, George Reeves
    (Superman in the 1950’s)
  • Actor, Joe Flanigan
    Stargate’s Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
  • Footballer turned actor, Vinnie Jones
  • Actor and voice actor, Clancy Brown (Twitter) (clancybrown.com redirects to Twitter)
    Possibly best known as the psychotic immortal Kurgan in the Highlander movie. On top on an already impressive career history, he’s one of the cast signed up for Warcraft the Movie
  • Actress, Diane Keaton
    I think that people who are famous tend to be underdeveloped in their humanity skills
  • Actress, Jane Wyman
  • Actress, January Jones
  • Actress, Deepika Padukone
  • Director and manga artist, Hayao Miyazaki
  • Author and philosopher, Umberto Eco
    His books, available on Amazon, include ‘The Name Of The Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum
  • Author and journalist, Stella Gibbons
    Wrote Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Classics)
  • Author (urban fantasy and horror), Seanan McGuire
  • Businessman, King C. Gillette
    Invented a new razor design and created the disposable razor market.
  • Musician and singer, Marilyn Manson
  • Surrealist artist, Yves Tanguy
  • Record producer, Sam Phillips
  • Geneologist, John Burke (b1781)
    Founded Burke’s Peerage in 1826
  • Emperor, Shah Jahan (b.1628)
    Famed for ordering the Taj Mahal monument built
  • King, Juan Carlos of Spain

Also on this day in history

1585: Walter Raleigh was knighted

1818: The first regular trans-Atlantic service began between New York and Liverpool.

1914: Henry Ford astounded the people when he announced he was more than doubling employees’ pay, up from $2.40 for a 9-hour day to a $5 minimum daily wage for an 8-hour shift at his assembly plant, a staggering wage at the time. In relative terms, that was over $100 a day. A cinema ticket then averaged was 7¢, petrol 8¢ a gallon and gold was at $20.72. Another site I looked at put the average annual wage at $577 a year and the cost of a car like the 1914 Buick at $550 – and that was their weekly wage…

1925: Mrs Nellie Taylor Ross was sworn in as the governor of Wyoming; she was the first female governor in the United States.

1933: Construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, started with excavations.

1940: FM radio was demonstrated to the FCC for the first time.

1944: The Daily Mail became the first transoceanic newspaper.

1945: Pepe LePew – the amorous French cartoon skunk – made his debut.

1947: The UK nationalised its coal mines.

1956: In the Peanuts comic strip, Snoopy walked upright for the first time.

1961: The TV show Mr Ed debuted, introducing a talking horse.

1982: Arkansas law requiring creationism to be taught in public schools struck down by Federal court.
It makes you rather wonder how a nation this backwards ever became a superpower. It also goes a long way to explaining why the world is as messed up as it is. That loony bible-bashing nonsense is still taught as fact in some places in America.

2005: Astronomers at Palomar Observatory, working from previous data and images, discovered Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in our Solar System.

2010: Google launched their Nexus One smart phone.

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2014: Frankly, not a lot today!

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