On this day.... February 7

FEBRUARY 7TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL FETTUCINE ALFREDO DAY
  • TODAY IS PERIODIC TABLE DAY
 


BIRTHDAYS:

  • JOHN DEERE (1804-1886)
  • CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870)
  • FREDERICK DOUGLAS (1817-1895)
  • LAURA INGALLS WILDER (1867-1957)
  • JAMES SPADER (1960, 58)
  • GARTH BROOKS (1962, 56)
 
  • EDDIE IZZARD (1962, 56)
  • CHRIS ROCK (1966, 52)
  • STEVE NASH (1974, 44)
  • ASHTON KUTCHER (1978, 40)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1795, THE 11TH AMENDMENT TO THE US CONSTITUTION IS RATIFIED, AFFIRMING THE POWER OF THE INDIVIDUAL STATES OF THE UNION
  • IN 1812, LORD BYRON ADDRESSES THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1864, FEDERAL TROOPS OCCUPY JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA IN THE CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1876, PRESIDENT GRANT’S PRIVATE SECRETARY IS ACQUITTED IN THE “WHISKEY RING” SCANDAL
  • IN 1898, MARTHA PLACE IS THE FIRST WOMAN EXECUTED IN THE ELECTRIC CHAIR
  • IN 1904, 1500 BUILDINGS ACROSS 80 BLOCKS CATCH FIRE AND BURN IN BALTIMORE
  • IN 1914, CHARLIE CHAPLIN DEBUTS “THE TRAMP”
 
  • IN 1931, AMELIA EARHART MARRIES PUBLISHER GEORGE PALMER PUTNAM
  • IN 1936, ANIMATED FILM “FELIX THE CAT” IS RELEASED
  • IN 1940, WALT DISNEY RELEASES HIS SECOND FILM “PINOCCHIO”
 
  • IN 1943, THE US GOVERNMENT BEGINS SHOE RATIONING
  • IN 1944, BING CROSBY RECORDS “SWINGING ON A STAR”
 
  • IN 1946, THE FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES COMMITTEE IS KILLED BY A FILIBUSTER IN THE SENATE
  • IN 1949, JOE DIMAGGIO BECOMES THE FIRST PLAYER TO BE PAID $100,000
  • IN 1950, SENATOR JOE MCCARTHY “FINDS COMMUNISTS” IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT
  • IN 1959, FIDEL CASTRO DECREES A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR CUBA
  • IN 1959, BUDDY HOLLY IS BURIED IN LUBBOCK, TEXAS
  • IN 1961, JANE FONDA’S FIRST ON SCREEN APPEARANCE COMES IN THE NBC DRAMA “A STRING OF BEADS”
  • IN 1962, PRESIDENT KENNEDY BANS ALL CUBAN IMPORTS AND EXPORTS BEGINNING THE OFFICIAL US BLOCKADE OF CUBA
  • IN 1964, THE BEATLES LAND AT JFK AIRPORT FOR THEIR FIRST US TOUR
 


  • IN 1964, CASSIUS CLAY TAKES THE NAME MUHAMMAD ALI AND CONVERTS TO ISLAM
  • IN 1965, GEORGE HARRISON HAS HIS TONSILS REMOVED
  • IN 1969, YASSER ARAFAT BECOMES PRESIDENT OF THE PLO
  • IN 1969, THE WHO RECORD “PINBALL WIZARD”
  • IN 1970, THE ARCHIES PEAK AT #10 WITH “JINGLE JANGLE”
 


  • IN 1971, SWITZERLAND GIVES WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE
  • IN 1973, THE US SENATE CREATES THE “SELECT COMMITTEE ON PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES”
  • IN 1973, IGGY POP AND THE STOOGES RELEASE “RAW POWER”
  • IN 1974, MEL BROOKS RELEASES “BLAZING SADDLES”
  • IN 1976, PAUL SIMON GOES TO #1 WITH “50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER”
 


  • IN 1979, PINK FLOYD RELEASES THE LIVE VERSION OF “THE WALL”
  • IN 1981, KOOL & THE GANG GO TO #1 WITH “CELEBRATION”
 
  • IN 1984, 12 YEAR OLD DAVID “THE BUBBLE BOY” LEAVES HIS BUBBLE FOR THE 1ST TIME
  • IN 1985, NYC VOTES TO MAKE “NEW YORK, NEW YORK” ITS OFFICIAL ANTHEM
  • IN 1986, HAITIAN DICTATOR JEAN-CLAUDE DUVALIER FLEES TO FRANCE. ON THE SAME DAY, THE PHILLIPINES VOTE OUT DICTATOR FERDINAND MARCOS IN FAVOR OF CORAZON AQUINO, BUT ELECTION TAMPERING KEEPS HIM IN POWER
  • IN 1987, MADONNA GOES TO #1 WITH “OPEN YOUR HEART”
 
  • IN 1987, BRIAN BOITANO WINS THE US MEN’S FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 1987, ARETHA FRANKLIN AND GEORGE MICHAEL GO TO #1 WITH “I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING”
  • IN 1988, MIKE TYSON MARRIES ROBIN GIVENS
  • IN 1989, TENNIS SUPERSTAR BJORN BORG ATTEMPTS TO COMMIT SUICIDE
  • IN 1993, CARMEN ELECTRA RELEASES HER SELF TITLED DEBUT ALBUM
  • IN 1994, HOWARD STERN STOPS A MAN FROM JUMPING OFF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE
  • IN 1995, SHANIA TWAIN RELEASES “THE WOMAN IN ME”
 


  • IN 2000, ABC AIRS A TV MOVIE IN WHICH MARY TYLER MOORE AND VALERIE HARPER’S CHARACTERS FROM “THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW” REUNITE
  • IN 2008, AMY WINEHOUSE PULLS OUT OF PERFORMING AT THE GRAMMY’S AFTER HER US VISA APPLICATION IS DENIED
  • IN 2013, MISSISSIPPI FINALLY RATIFIES THE 13TH AMENDMENT ABOLISHING SLAVERY
  • IN 2014, THE WINTER OLYMPICS OPEN IN SOCHI, RUSSIA
 

BLAZING SADDLES TRIVIA:


  • WARNER BROTHERS ALMOST SHELVED THE MOVIE AFTER IT WAS SCREENED FOR EXECUTIVES AND NO ONE LAUGHED. MEL BROOKS REQUESTED A SECOND SCREENING AND INVITED ALL STUDIO EMPLOYEES WHO CONVINCED THEM TO RELEASE IT
  • JOHN WAYNE CONSIDERED A CAMEO IN THE FILM AS A FAVOR TO BROOKS, BUT DECIDED IT WAS TOO DIRTY AND PASSED REPORTLY SAYING “I’LL BE FIRST IN LINE TO SEE IT”
  • FRANKIE LAINE, WHO SANG THE THEME “BLAZING SADDLES” WAS UNAWARE THE FILM WAS A COMEDY. HE THOUGHT IT WAS A DRAMATIC WESTERN.
  • THE FILM MARKS THE FIRST TIME SOMEONE FARTS IN A MOVIE
  • MADELAINE KAHN ALMOST COULDN’T BE IN THE FILM AS SHE WAS CONTRACTED TO THE FILM “MAME”. LUCILLE BALL PUBLICLY ACCUSED HER OF INTENTIONALLY GETTING FIRED FROM “MAME”SO SHE COULD TAKE THE “BLAZING SADDLES” ROLE
  • THE ROLE OF JIM, THE WACO KID, WAS ORIGINALLY PORTRAYED BY GIG YOUNG. AFTER HE COLLAPSED ON SET ON THE FIRST DAY OF FILMING, HIS ALCOHOL ADDICTION WAS REVEALED AND HE WAS REPLACED BY GENE WILDER
  • RICHARD PRYOR CAME UP WITH THE “MONGO” CHARACTER
  • ALL GUESTS AT THE MOVIE’S PREMIERE RODE IN ON HORSES
 


  • WHEN PRESENTING BROOKS WITH HIS KENNEDY CENTER HONOR, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ADMITTED TO SNEAKING IN TO BLAZING SADDLES AT AGE 12. WHEN BROOKS ASKED HOW HE GOT IN, OBAMA JOKED HE GOT A FAKE ID WITH HIS FAKE BIRTH CERTIFICATE
  • BROOKS ALLEGES THAT NESTLE SENT HIM A GROSS OF RAISINETTES EVERY MONTH AS A THANK YOU FOR THE CANDY’S SHOUT OUT IN THE MOVIE
  • CLEAVON LITTLE ONLY GOT THE PART OF BART, WHICH WAS WRITTEN FOR RICHARD PRYOR, BECAUSE THE FILM’S FINANCIER WOULDN’T PAY IF PRYOR WAS IN THE FILM
  • JOHNNY CARSON TURNED DOWN THE ROLE OF JIM, THE WACO KID

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