Thursday, August 25, 2011

Little green men

August 25th
On this day in 1835 the newspaper New York Sun first printed a series of articles collectively known as the "Great Moon Hoax". They claimed the articles were taken from the Edinburgh Journal of Science, which had actually stopped production years earlier. The articles were about the inhabitants of the moon, including unicorns, and a bat-humanoid combination. It soon became the most circulated newspaper in the world, even after it admitted that it had played a joke on everyone.

On this day in 1944 the city of Paris was liberated from the Germans. The allied forces lead by general Dwight Eisenhower, thought it would be better if a French leader was to lead them into the city. After the French liberation army had cleared the city of Nazi resistance, General Jacques Leclerc lead his armored division through the city.

On this day in 1962 17 year old nanny Eva Boyd, aka Little Eva earned her only #1 hit with "Loco-motion". During the dance craze of the late 50's and early 60's this song found its unlikely way to fame when Boyd moved to Manhattan looking for work. She became the nanny for assistant record producers and song writers Gerry Goffin and Carole King. They heard her singing to their child and had the great idea to have her sing the demo of their new song. Although it was her only hit of a short career, it became one of the most recognizable songs of all time.

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