Friday, July 13

Posted on 13th Jul 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Hey!  It’s Friday 13th – I wonder if the kitties in the Feline Friday litter today are black?

Death of Marat by David

On this day, in 1793, French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat was assassinated in his bathtub, giving rise to a very famous painting by, um… they guy who painted it… looks like David?  Yep, just Googled and that was him… some a French guy called David?  Not really a Froggie name… Oh well…

hollywoodland sign

On July13, 1923, The Hollywood sign was officially dedicated in the hills above Los Angeles. Until 1949 it read as “Hollywoodland“.

This day in 1985 saw Vice-President George HW Bush become acting President for a day when President Ronald Reagan had surgery to remove polyps from his colon.  Guess someone had to be awake in case the little red button needed to be pushed.

shiny red button

Ahhhh… just Googled again… Jacques-Louis David!  Now, that makes sense…

Bob CraneTo those born on this day…

In 1928, Bob Crane – he was Hogan in Hogan’s Heroes and was bludgeoned to death with a blunt instrument in an unsolved murder in 1978…

Born on the same day in 1942, actor Harrison Ford and musician Roger McGuin (The Byrds) and half of Cheech & Chong, Cheech Marin, popped up in 1946.

And speaking of Red Buttons – the actor of that name died on this day in 2006.

Red ButtonsHe was once given a job as an entertaining bellhop and someone combined his hair colour and the shiny uniform and nicknamed him Red Buttons.

Red was born Aaron Chwatt in 1919… and Aaron Chwatt was never going to be famous for anything!

He was a very dependable and tidy actor, winning an Oscar and starring in box office hits like Hatari, The Longest Day and The Poseidon Adventure but I loved his comedy timing, especially as a regular on Dean Martin’s celebrity roasts – “…Lucille Ball… or ‘Loose’ to her friends…”

And finally today…