On this day in 1902 German auto maker DMG registered the brand name Mercedes. Amongst the first auto enthusiasts who wanted to increase performance for racing purposes, DMG used the non-German name to help sell in France and the rest of Europe. The first Mercedes sold could achieve speeds of about 50 mph.
On this day in 1989 Batman was released. I was in California at the time of its release and watched it with my family. I thought it was pretty good. Michael Keaton has great range as an actor. But now I don't think it holds a candle to the newer Batman movies. Despite being the best of the Batman trilogy (spits on the ground) it is still a little bit silly to be a believable story. I dunno, Jack Nicholson as the Joker was good too. Good for 1989, not so much for 2011. I remember my friend Willie had a Joker poster with him on the beach with a bunch of seagulls around him. One of my favs.