Today, August 25, in 1939, The Wizard of Oz opened in the theaters. Have you seen this movie? If you haven’t, you’ve been on a desert island all of your life.
An interesting fact is, there were 4 pairs of ruby slippers used during the filming of this movie. The so-called original ruby slippers used in the movie were auctioned in 2000 for over $600 thousand. Since then, they were stolen. There’s a $1 million dollar reward for the return of the ruby slippers. It would be hilarious if 4 people show up to claim the reward.
Today, August 24, in 1989, Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life after being accused of gambling charges. At the time, Pete was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. But that’s not the big story. What happened after he was banned was very interesting.
Bart Giamatti, president of Yale University, had just been named as Baseball Commissioner. He was given the job for one reason only – To give Pete Rose the ax.
8 days after Giamatti made the announcement that Pete was banned from baseball, on September 1, he died of a heart attack.
Many pissed off Pete Rose fans were screaming, “What goes around comes around.”
Finally, the outspoken sportscaster, Howard Cossell, blamed Pete Rose for Giamatti’s death in an interview, and literally called Pete a murderer.
Bill Clinton had Hillary do his dirty work, which is more in line with her style
On this day, August 23, in 1996, President Bill Clinton imposed limits on peddling cigarettes to children.
He didn’t have to get the message to the children. Rumor has it that he asked Hillary to send each child in the US an email, informing them of what the President had decided. She was only too happy to honor her dear husband’s request, considering this is her specialty.
By the way. Hillary probably sent the emails on her private email server.
Life Magazine: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – Aug 22,1938
Did you know that you can read this famous Life Magazine online?
In 1981, the tired, overworked, underpaid Air Traffic Controllers went on strike. Unfortunately, the boss they were striking against was the Commander and Chief.
It was on this very day that President Ronald Reagan said to them, “The Strike is Over! You’re Fired!”
For the next two years after this incident, workers who belonged to the labor unions were scared to death to go on strike.
On this day, July 30, in 1956, The U.S. adopted the phrase, “In God We Trust” as the national motto.
Since then, we’ve seen this phrase on money, but have taken it for granted. It has been seen in many other places. One of these places, the Reform School in my hometown, used this phrase, but in a very unlikely way.
“In God We Trust”, a Reform School attention getter
The Reform School, in case you aren’t aware, is a place where youthful offenders are sent, instead of prison.
I’ve heard many horror stories about the reform school in my hometown. One of these is a paddle on display, which is immediately seen by the youth upon entry. On the paddle is a message:
In God We Trust, Your Ass We Bust
Continue reading On this day, July 30, Reform Schools learned a new phrase
Unless you’re a Walt Disney or Gunsmoke fan, today won’t excite you very much.
In 1961, “Gunsmoke” was broadcast for the last time on CBS radio. I didn’t even know it was ever on the radio.
In 1999, Walt Disney’s “Tarzan” opened.
On yes, if you’re a baseball fan, something exciting did happen in 1975. Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, a triple and a single in a game against the Detroit Tigers. Too bad he didn’t hit a double. He would have batted for the cycle. A year later, he made an Aqua Velva commercial, in which two women called him into the stands. Do they still make Aqua Velva?
On June 12, 1991, Michael Jordan won his first NBA title as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the fifth game of the championship series. This was also the first championship for the Chicago Bulls. Continue reading Today was a big day for Michael Jordan
On June 12, 2009, watching your local TV for free became a thing of the past. The switch from analog TV trasmission to digital was completed. This meant, if you wanted to watch the Super Bowl, World Series, Dr, Phil, Jeopardy, or any of your other favorite TV shows, you had to pay for a subscription to cable TV.
Hillary Clinton made history on this day, May 16, 2000. Then the U.S. First Lady, she was nominated to run for U.S. Senator in New York. She was the first U.S. first lady to run for public office.
Is this a sign that she’ll be the next U.S. President? Hillary Clinton is no stranger to politics, while Donald Trump may be considered an amateur.