A Big Picture & the Big Bopper!

–         Today in 1946, a camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of Earth from outer space.  An odd thing to celebrate, but these photographs always drench me with perspective.

–         At the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, Harry Houdini gave his last performance today in 1926.

–         William Lassell discovered the moons Umbriel and Ariel orbiting Uranus today in 1851. Peeping Tom.

–         On this day in 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel – on her birthday! Annie certainly knew how to show a girl a good time.

We haven’t had an Independence Day for a while. Today will remedy that. It’s Independence Day in Zambia.

It’s also United Nations Day.

We have birthdays today!

–         It’s a big day for “big” singers. Operatic baritone Tito Gobbi (1913) and the Big Bopper, J. P. Richardson (1930) were both born today. “Hello Bay-bee!”

–         Other musicians share this birthday; bluesman Sonny Terry (1911) and Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (1936).

–         From the world of the stage; playwright Moss Hart (1904) and actor Kevin Kline (1947) were born today.

–         The creator of Batman, cartoonist Bob Kane was born today in 1915. Wham! Zap! Biff!

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On this day in 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States was completed. This pretty well spelled the end of the Pony Express. But before it goes, let’s celebrate it with a

Pony Express Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Sazerac Rye Whiskey

¾ oz. White Tea Liqueur

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz. Maple Syrup

Combine ingredients, stir and garnish with a lemon peel.

Ride’em cowboy!




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