Nov 18, 2012

November 18.

In 1883, the US and Canada adopted a system of time zones. In 1926, George Bernard Shaw refused the Nobel Prize money. In 1928, the first sound-synchronized animated cartoon premiered in New York w/Mickey Mouse. In 1959, "Ben-Hur" debuted. In 1963, the first push-button phone went into service. In 1966, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops allowed meat-eating on Fridays. In 1978, Jim Jones spearheaded a massive murder-suicide in Guyana.  It's Imogene Coca's birthday. Don Cherry's. Margaret Atwood's. Mission: Don't drink the Kool-Aid!!!! Laugh instead.


Sep 30, 2012


Jun 9, 2012

June 9.

In 1790, the first American book, "Philadelphia Spelling Book," was copyrighted. In 1934, Donald Duck debuted. In 1973, Secretariat won the Triple Crown. In 1980, Richard Pryor set himself on fire free-basing. It's Cole Porter's birthday. Jackie Wilson's. Johnny Depp's. Mission: Run like hell, then quack. Why not? Mourn the passing of Richard.


Jun 3, 2012

June 3.

In 1856, the screw machine (now known as the Republican Party) was invented. In 1923, Mussolini gave women the right to vote. It's Allen Ginsberg's birthday. Curtis Mayfield's. Rafael Nadal's. Mission: People, get ready.


May 21, 2012

May 21.

May 21. In 1819, bicycles appeared in NYC for the first time. In 1979, SF erupted into White Night riots after Dan White's ridiculously lenient sentence in the murder of George Moscone and Harvey Milk. In 1998, Kip Kinkel went on his murderous rampage In Springfield, OR. It's Plato's birthday. Fats Waller's. Raymond Burr's. Robert Creeley's. Notorious BIG's. It's World Day for Cultural Diversity. Mission: BE FAIR!


May 19, 2012

May 19.

May 19. In 1536, Anne Boleyn beheaded! In 1935, Lawrence of Arabia died. In 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday" to JFK at Madison Square Garden. It's Ho Chi Minh's birthday. Malcolm X's. Pol Pot's. Pete Townshend's. Grace Jones's. Mission: If you've got the power, use it wisely, goddammit.


May 2, 2012

May 2.

May 2. In 1536, Anne Boleyn arrested on charges of adultery, incest, treason & witchcraft. In 1776, France and Spain donated arms to American rebels to fight the bloody British. In 1933, Hitler banned trade unions. It's Scarlatti's birthday. Leslie Gore's. David Beckham's. Mission: Stay in bounds when you should. Cry if you want to.


May 1, 2012

May 1.

May 1. In 1927, first cooked meals served on an airplane. 1930, Pluto named. In 1950, Gwendolyn Brooks became first African American to win Pulitzer prize. It's Judy Collins's birthday. Rita Coolidge's. Mimi Farina's. International Workers' Day. Mission: Honor the cogs.


Apr 30, 2012

April 30.

April 30. In 1945, Hitler committed suicide. In 1997, Ellen came out on her show. It's Alice B. Toklas's birthday. Percy Heath's. Annie Dillard's. Bill Plympton's. International Jazz Day. Mission: Bake some brownies and tell the truth.


Apr 29, 2012

April 29.

April 29. In 1429, Joan of Arc lead France to victory over Britain. In 1813, rubber patented. In 1852, the first Roget's Thesaurus published. In 1913, the first all-purpose zipper patented. In 1945, Dachau liberated. In 1992, the Rodney King riots began. It's Duke Ellington's birthday. Otis Rush's. Tammi Terrell's. Jerry Seinfeld's, Daniel Day-Lewis's. It's International Dance Day. Mission: Bounce (spring, rebound) back . . . with grace. Charge the guilty.



Apr 26, 2012

April 26.

In 1514, Copernicus saw Saturn. In 1564, Shakespeare was baptized. In 1865, John Wilkes Booth killed by US Cavalry. In 1986, Chernobyl disaster occurred sending radioactive clouds to our dear state. It's John Audobon's birthday. Bernard Malamud's. Bobby Rydell's. It's World Intellectual Property Day. Mission: Bring sunglasses, a towel and a lead suit. And be careful what you say to whom.



Apr 16, 2012

April 16, Part 2.


Apr 9, 2012

April 9.

April 9. In 1970, Paul quit the Beatles. In 1976, Phil Ochs committed suicide. It's Baudelaire's birthday.  Paul Robeson's. Day of Valor in the Phillippines. Mission: I REPEAT: DON'T FUCKING KILL YOURSELF.


Apr 7, 2012

April 7.

April 7. In 451, Attila the Hun sacked Metz. In 1864, first camel race. In 1933, Prohibition ended. In 1969, the internet was born. Billie Holiday's birthday.  Janis Ian's. Day of Maternity and Beauty in Armenia. Women's Day in Mozambique. International World Health Day. Mission: Sack, drink, sing the blues, appreciate the women in your life and exercise.


Apr 1, 2012

April 1.

April 1. 1578, William Harvey discovered blood circulation. 1929, the yo-yo entered the market. 1976, Apple Computers began. In 2001, Netherlands became first country to legalize same-sex marriage.1984, Marvin Gaye shot by his father. Rachmaninov's birthday. Milan Kundera's. Gil Scott-Heron's. Rachel Maddow's. It's International Edible Book Day. Mission: Eat a book, laugh and forget.



Mar 28, 2012

March 28, Part 2

Rudolf Serkin. Happy Birthday.


Mar 18, 2012

March 18

In 1673, the Quakers bought half of New Jersey. 1931, the electric shaver came on the market. 1966, paper dresses went on sale. 1994, Zsa Zsa Gabor filed for bankruptcy. It's John Updike's birthday. Wilson Pickett's. Irene Cara's (what ever happened to Irene Cara?) Mission: