On this day in history, more specifically, February 17,
1972, Volkswagen W Beetle number 15,007,034 rolled off the assembly line,
making the iconic vehicle displace the famous Ford Model T as the most highly
produced car in history.
Well, not today exactly… the infamous date hailed as ‘the
day the music died’ is this day in history… February 3, 1959.
On that date, sometime in the wee hours of the morning, a small, six-seater Beech Bonanza, en-route to Fargo, North Dakota, crashed in a lonely cornfield near Clearwater, Iowa, leaving a twisted wreck and no survivors. In addition to the pilot, the victims of the ill-fated flight were Richie Valens, ‘The Big Bopper’ J.P. Richardson, and … of greater significance in the minds of most… Buddy Holly.
On January 27, 1880, or 140 years ago today, the US Patent Office issued patent number 223,898, granting to Thomas Alva Edison the patent rights to the incandescent electric-lamp, more commonly referred to in this day and age as the ‘lightbulb’. The patent, thus secured, effectively allowed the inventor of this world changing device to reap the huge financial benefits of his work… right?
Did you catch the mini-uproar over the whole ‘lesbian-video’
In a nutshell, The Hallmark
Channel, known especially for its heart-warming, if somewhat bland holiday
movies and mini-series, ran an ad featuring two lesbians sharing a loving kiss
at the altar on their wedding day.
This horror of horrors so enraged the ultra-conservative One Million Moms that they instituted a campaign beseeching their membership to sign a petition ‘asking Hallmark to do what is right and reject airing movies and commercials with LGBT content!’ Unfortunately, Hallmark, rather short-sightedly, caved in to the pressure of and pulled the ads, resulting in a public reaction it probably did not expect…