Thursday, June 16, 2011

A house divided against itself is pretty normal these days.

June 16th
On this day in 1858 Abraham Lincoln gave his famous "House Divided" speech which helped him get elected to the Senate. It's weird to think that he went from failed lawyer to president in less than three years, but it was though his speeches that garnered him fame and popularity throughout the divided nation.

On this day in 1965 Bob Dylan recorded "Like a Rolling Stone". He was already a famous singer/songwriter, but this song transcended the 1960's with talk of diplomats with siamese cats, and selling alibis and vacuum eyes.  At over 6 mins long it challenged how long a successful pop song could be.

On this day in 1896 a tsunami ravaged the coast of Japan in Kamaishi. 20,000 people were killed by waves reported to be as high as 115 feet.
On this day in 1903 the Ford motor company became incorporated. Henry Ford needed financial backing to mass-produce his automobiles, so he sold stock in his company to 12 shareholders. With the money he was able to set up his famous assembly lines that contained interchangeable parts that allowed for cars to be made in huge numbers daily.

On this day in 1980 the Blues Brothers movie opened . Featuring legendary performances and crazy car chases, this movie goes down as a classic in my book.
Mrs. Murphy: May I help you boys?
Elwood: You got any white bread?
Mrs. Murphy: Yes.
Elwood: I'll have some toasted white bread please.
Mrs. Murphy: You want butter or jam on that toast, honey?
Elwood: No ma'am, dry.
[Mrs. Murphy gives him a look, then turns to Jake]
Jake: Got any fried chicken?
Mrs. Murphy: Best damn chicken in the state.
Jake: Bring me four fried chickens and a Coke.
Mrs. Murphy: You want chicken wings or chicken legs?
Jake: Four fried chickens and a Coke.
Elwood: And some dry white toast please.
Mrs. Murphy: Y'all want anything to drink with that?
Elwood: No ma'am.
Jake: A Coke.

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