Friday, May 04, 2012

Star Wars

It's common knowledge that May the 4th is widely regarded as "Star Wars Day" - For those that don't get it (I'm sure I'm whizzing into the wind here) it's simply a case of "May the fourth be with you".

This day has many other important reasons to be notable though, and not all of those are so obvious....

Firstly, and celebrated with a Google doodle today, is the anniversary of Keith Haring's birthday.... I've always loved a bit of Keith's work.... I even have several of them hanging around my bedroom (obviously prints).

Today is also the Feast Day of St. Florian, the patron saint of firemen.... and lord knows, they all deserve a hearty thanks for the sterling work they do.

On this day in 1973 the female form was first shown naked on television in America!  Haven't we come a long way since then?  I bet you didn't even have to pay-per-view in those days either!

Politically (in relation to yesterday's election antics - a moot point in which I never received a voting card) - on this day in 1926 the General Strike began.... bad times.  Even worse news followed in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister!  Black times indeed!

Apparently Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty (allegedly and fictitiously) fell to their deaths off the Reichenbach Falls on this very day in 1891, and in 1935 the world's longest escalator opened, unfortunately not up the Rechenbach Falls, but at Leicester Square tube station (I probably have been on it, and probably wanted a wee at the time (always seems to happen to me when I am underground!)).

Who could forget, that on this day in 1715 that the folding umbrella was patented in Paris, and that in 1995 Japanese psychologists had trained a bunch of pigeons to become art critics.... apparently these canny birds could tell the difference between works by Picasso and Monet, but were unable to tell a Cezanne from a Renoir.... and like me they probably couldn't tell their arses from their elbows!

So, to each and every one of you.... may the fourth, and some crazy Japanese pigeons be with you always!


  1. These are not the folding umbrellas you are looking for.

  2. It's sad to think that on May 4th, 1436 Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson, the influential Swedish statesman cast off his mortal coil. However it was also on this day in 1772 that Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus, the famous German publisher was born. Swings and roundabouts I guess.

    1. aye...... swing left at the next roundabout and keep on driving!!

  3. "On this day in 1973 the female form was first shown naked on television in America!"

    Damn, I must have missed it. Did you video it?