Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hollywood Land

July 13th
On this day in 1923 the Hollywood sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Los Angeles. It originally reads "Hollywood Land" but the Land is removed when the sign is renovated in 1949. This is contrary to the "Rocketeer" ending when it is engulfed in flame after the zeppelin in the film crashes into the sign.

On this day in 1793 Charlotte Corday stabs Jean Paul Marat to death in his bathtub. Marat was one of the leaders of the French Revolution and became famous for his speeches against the bourgeois and those in power. Corday was the daughter of an impoverished aristocrat gained audience with Marat by saying she was going to betray a powerful antagonist of Marat. She was guillotined four days after the murder.

On this day in 1985 Bob Geldof organized a global concert called "Live Aid" to help starving people in Africa. David Bowie, Mick Jagger, the Who, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Paul McCartney were some of the big names to perform. But it was the appearance by Queen, and a career defining performance of Freddy Mercury that stole the show at Wembley Stadium.

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