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Felice compleanno!

Filmmaker Salvatore "Jim" Dandini celebrates his 49th today, with these thoughts:

"I think it was Alice Cooper who said, "50 is the new 30."
That would put me at 29 today.
I can live with that.
What I have a hard time with is that we're living in the 2000's and I don't even know if there's an abbreviation for that yet. You know, like the 70's, 80's and 90's. The 2K's? I think this will be a problem until the next 20's or maybe the 10's. And what are they gonna say during the next 50's and 60's and 70's. Are they going to forget about the real ones that we remember right now? This is all just too much for me to wrap my brain around at this time of the morning.
I still remember thinking that 1984 was way in the future.
Shouldn't we have flying cars by now?"



July 17 in history, courtesy of Samuri Frog:

203: The Fourth Crusade captures Constantinople.

1762: Catherine II the Great becomes tsar of Russia.

1815: Napoleon surrenders to the British.

1831: Joseph Smith claims God okays plural marriage.

1841: Punch magazine first published.

1856: The Great Train Wreck of 1856, the worst train wreck in history.

1897: Start of the Klondike gold rush.

1898: The Battle of Santiago Bay

1899: NEC Corporation founded in Japan

1917: King George V changes the family name to Windsor to make them appear less obviously German.

1918: Tsar Nicholas II and his entire family are murdered by the Bolsheviks.

1936: The Spanish Civil War starts.

1941: Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak ends.

1944: The Port Chicago Disaster

1944: Napalm dropped for the first time (by Americans in France)

1945: The Potsdam Conference

1951: Western New England College chartered

1955: Disneyland opens. Yay!

1958: Salvatore Dandini born

1962: Last nuclear test detonation in Nevada.

1968: The July 17th Revolution in Iraq; Ba’ath Party installed as a result

1975: Apollo-Soyuz Test Project is successful

1976: East Timor annexed by Indonesia; 25 Africans boycott the Summer Olympics; the Viking I lands on Mars; at last I am born

1981: Hyatt Regency walkway collapse in Missouri kills 114

1989: First flight of the B-2 stealth bomber

1995: Midwestern heat wave kills over 400 people on a single day

1996: TWA Flight 800 explodes

1997: Woolworth’s closes

1998: Tsar Nicholas II and family are finally buried; an earthquake trigged by a tsunami kills 3,183 in Papua New Guinea; syphilis bacteria isolated

Notable births: Shah Ismail I of Persia (1487), Elbridge Gerry (he of Gerrymandering, 1744), Emperor Xianfeng of China (1831), Erle Stanley Gardner (1889), James Cagney (1899), Art Linkletter (1912), Phyllis Diller (1917), Vince Guaraldi (1928), Peter Schickele (aka PDQ Bach, 1935), Donald Sutherland (1935), Ali Khamenei (1939), Spencer Davis (1941), Carlos Alberto (1944), Alun Armstrong (a British character actor I always enjoy, 1946), Ron Asheton (of the Stooges!, 1948), Terry “Geezer” Butler (of Sabbath!, 1949), John Wetton (of King Crimson!, 1949), David Hasselhoff (1952), Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany (1954), J. Michael Straczynski (1954), Wong Kar-wai (1958)

Notable deaths: Caliph Uthman ibn Affan (656), King Edward the Elder of England (924), Count Baldwin VI of Flanders (1070), John Talbot (1453), Adam Smith (1790), Prime Minister Charles Grey of the United Kingdom (1845), Dorothea Dix (1887), Henri Poincare (1912), Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (and family, 1918), Billie Holiday (1959), Ty Cobb (1961), John Coltrane (1967), Dizzy Dean (1974), Pat Roach (2004), Mickey Spillane (2006)

Today is Constitution Day in South Korea, and Gion Matsuri in Kiyoto.





Awe shucks, I'm speechless.
Thanx brother!

April 2018



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