A Day Full of Hot Air!

That would be today.

–         Today in 1783, the Montgolfier Brothers’ hot air balloon (tethered) marked the first human ascent. It also marked the first time that “people looked like ants!” Tickets were booked the next day for non-stops to Oz.

–         The airship Graf Zeppelin completed its first transatlantic flight today in 1928, landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Contrary to urban myth, Monty Python was not on board and it was not made of “Led” (Man! Those drugs in the sixties must’ve been sumthin’!).

I think this gives us our Drink 4cast 4 2day.

Zeppelin Cocktail

2 oz. Godiva Liqueur

2 oz. Grenadine

1 oz. Southern Comfort

Combine ingredients in an old-fashioned glass.

Also happening today;

–         Fortran, the first modern computer language, was shared with the coding community for the first time today in 1956. Imagine, a language that you cannot speak. My friends probably wish that had been my first language.

–         “I Love Lucy” premiered on CBS today in 1951. “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do.”

–         Today in 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, New York wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard. (Man! Those kids in the sixties must’ve been sumthin’!)

–         AND – it’s Global Handwashing Day!

Birthdays, we have birthdays!

–         It’s a big day for writers that I expect had little else in common. P. G. Wodehouse (1881), Mario Puzo (1920) and the always sparkling Virgil (70 B.C.).

–         The boxer John L. Sullivan was born today in 1858. Wanna make something of it?

–         Today in 1942, actor Penny Marshall was born. Wanna make something of it?

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”

Cheers!

Roger

10/15/11.

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