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Gong Hai Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year, the Year of the Golden Piggie!
Birthdays: Queen Mary I Tudor -Bloody Mary, Pietro Guarnieri, Harry Grover- Seeley one of the founders of Paleontology, Louis Tiffany, Andre Segovia, Wendell Wilkie, Billy de Wolfe, Enzo Ferrarri, Yoko Ono, Jack Palance, Milos Forman, Bobby Bachman of the Bachman Turner Overdrive, Gahan Wilson, Johnny Hart, Matt Dillon, John Travolta, John Hughes, Dr. Dre

1861- JEFFERSON DAVIS elected first, and only, President of the Confederate States of America. His vice president was Georgian Alexander Stephens, a tiny man with a sharp wit. During a debate when a senator yelled at him: "You little Pipsqueak! I can swallow you whole!!" Stephens cooly said: " Then you would have more brains in your stomach than you ever had in your head!" No wonder Stephens is the origin of the term “Smart-Aleck”.

1885-Mark Twain's 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' published.

1950- First Mr. Magoo cartoon "Ragtime Bear".

1953- First 3-D movie "B'wana Devil" starring Robert Stack.

1970- The Chicago 7, Yippie leaders of the anti-war rioting in front of the Democratic presidential convention of 1968 were found innocent of all charges. David Dillinger, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Bobby Seale, Tom Hayden and the other guys. One of their offenses was trying to get a 250 pound pig onto the floor of the Convention so they could get it nominated for President.

1972- President Richard Nixon and Pat Nixon land in China. They were met by Mao's right hand Premier Cho En Lai. Chou was known for his sense of humor. When Nixon asked once: " What do you think would have changed in the world had Lee Harvey Oswald shot Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev instead of John Kennedy ?" Cho En Lai responded: " Well, all I know is I doubt Aristotle Onassis would have married Mrs. Khruschev. "