“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.

Other things to occupy your mind with other than COVID-19 -  Do you like dogs? Two million Americans are bitten by dogs every year. Most victims are boys 20 years old and younger. About one third of those bites will become infected from bacteria in the dog's mouth.

Human bites can be very dangerous, too, since many of the bacteria in our mouths are resistance to antibiotics

May 4th is called Star Wars Day.

You get it - May the Fourth be with you.

Oh, never mind.

May 4, 1943 -
Billy Wilder's
under-rated wartime drama, Five Graves to Cairo, starring Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff, and Erich von Stroheim, premiered in Los Angeles, on this date.

On the first day director Billy Wilder's hero, Erich von Stroheim, arrived on set, Wilder ran to the wardrobe department to welcome him. He said, "This is a very big moment in my life . . . that I should now be directing the great Stroheim. Your problem, I guess, was that you were ten years ahead of your time." Von Stroheim replied, "Twenty."

May 4, 1944 -
George Cukor's
atomspheric thiller, Gaslight, starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, and an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury (in her film debut,) premiered in the US on this date.

Screenwriter John Van Druten suggested that George Cukor should offer screentests to some of Moyna MacGill's daughters for a role in this movie. MacGill was a well-known English actress who had become a refugee during World War II. Angela Lansbury was the first of MacGill's daughters that Cukor auditioned. Lansbury had never acted in any capacity before her screen test, but she wowed Cukor with her natural talent and professionalism. Cukor recalled that from the first day on-set, Lansbury was perfectly at ease and at home, even though she had no experience acting. He called her a natural-born actress. 

May 4, 1949
The tenth pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, The Barkleys of Broadway, premiered on this date.

Fred Astaire's wife Phyllis was widely rumored to have forbidden Fred to kiss Ginger Rogers in their first nine films together. To end the gossip, in The Barkleys of Broadway Fred and Ginger combined to perform a kiss that was the longest recorded on a Hollywood film to that date.

May 4, 1959 -
François Truffaut's
seminal New Wave film, The 400 Blows, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on this date.

Jean-Pierre Léaud's answers to the questions given to him by the psychologist at the camp near the end of the film were not scripted. Francois Truffaut told Leaud in advance about the scene for what to expect to a certain extent, and did provide some minor coaching when Leaud answered the question in between takes as to what was working and what was not, but at large, Leaud's answers are unscripted and ad-libbed, per Truffaut's wishes, who wanted the scene to feel spontaneous and believable.

May 4, 1984 -
Universal Pictures
released John Hughes' directorial premiere, Sixteen Candles, starring Molly Ringwald (her first film), Paul Dooley, Justin Henry, and Anthony Michael Hall, premiered on this date.

The movie's costume designer begged Molly Ringwald not to wear the hat she wore in the beginning of the movie. Ringwald insisted. After the movie was released, teenage girls started wearing their hats tilted back like that.

Word of the Day.

Today in History:
May 4, 1626
Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on what is now Manhattan island, where a little settlement had been established on the southern tip by the Dutch East India Company, called New Amsterdam.

While the Indians have been pissed off even since then, there are some in Congress are investigating whether or not they can sell NYC back to the Indians.

May 4 1854 -
Joseph Tussaud
returned to London with the well-used blade of the guillotine he purchased from Clement Sanson, the last in a line of Sansons who held the office of Executioner of Paris for over 150 years.

The blade is now part of Tussaud's Wax Museum collection.

May 4, 1886 -
At Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an 8-hour workday turned into a riot when a bomb exploded. Seven policemen were killed and some 60 others injured. Only one policeman was killed in the strike.

Three labor leaders were executed November 10, 1887, for the bombing. The Haymarket Affair is generally considered to have been an important influence on the origin of International May Day observances for workers.

May 4, 1891 -
Noted apiarist and amateur detective, Sherlock Holmes reportedly 'died' during a fight with master criminal (and his one time math tutor) Professor James Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls on this date.

Mr. Holmes re-appears three years later next to discuss his 'disappearance'. It has been speculated that his friend and chronicler, Dr. John H. Watson, attempted to cure Holmes of his life long addiction to cocaine and morphine during this time period.

May 4, 1954 -
An Old Man goes fishing. It was a good day to fish. He catches a fish. It was a big fish. It was a good day for the fish to die. Sharks, big sharks eat the big fish before the old man gets back to shore. The Old Man goes home to his shack and falls asleep. It was a deep sleep. He dreams about lions in Africa. They are big lions.

Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize on this date.

So class, either Santiago is a defeated hero or an undefeated hero. Throw in references to Jesus Christ, Joe DiMaggio, the sin of pride and greed and "A man can be destroyed but not defeated" and you have your Master's Thesis.

May 4, 1970 -
28 Ohio National Guardsmen read protesting students of Kent State the riot act, but the students, as was their wont, did not disperse. So they shot them.

The Guardsmen killed four students and wounded nine others at Kent State University on this date.

May 4, 1973 -
The first time on network TV (if you consider PBS network TV) - Female Nudity - Valerie Perrine appears in the altogether in Bruce Jay Friedman's Steambath.

I can't embed any clip  of Ms. Perrine from this production: they has all be moved to porno sites (and I can't embed clips from movies porno sites or the blog will be moved to an 'adult' site.)

May 4, 1979 -
Margaret Thatcher
was sworn in as (the first female) prime minister (PM) in Britain, on this date, and was known as the Iron Lady for her tough rhetoric.

She also served the longest continuous term in office as PM, with three consecutive terms.

May 4, 1991 -
To celebrate his father's birthday the previous day, Bing Crosby's son Dennis Crosby put a shotgun to his head, ending his life in a boarding house in California. A younger brother, Lindsay, had also killed himself with a shotgun two years earlier.

Once again, Bing must have been a lovely person.

May 4, 2001 -
After dinner at Vitello's in Studio City, film and television actor Robert Blake remembers that he left something at the restaurant. When he returns to the car, he discovers his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley Paulakis Gawron Moon Besly Brooksher Webber Telufson Wolfe Ray Blake (yes, she was married to nine other men before Blake), slumped over in the passenger seat. She had been shot in the head by person or persons unknown. Bakley later died of her injury.

One year later, Blake was charged with the murder. To the astonishment of some, he was later acquitted of the charges. It was actually suggested during the trial, by the defense, that a list of people with possible motives to kill Bonnie Lee would be longer than the Los Angeles Phone Directory. (Bakley's three children filed a civil suit against Blake asserting that he was responsible for their mother's death. On November 18, 2005, the jury found Blake liable for the wrongful death of his wife and ordered him to pay $30 million.)

Before you go - Here is the benchmark at this point - the greatest video created during PAUSE -

Remember, this was Filmed in Supermarionation for your safety!

And so it goes.


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