On This Day, September 1

Posted on 1st Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Saturday.

Spring has sprung the grass has riz, I wonder where the warm weather iz?

On this day in 1939 Adolf Hitler signed an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and physically disabled people.  We should continue to remind the younger generations that such atrocities happened, especially in contrast to today’s glorious Paralympic games.  Germany has 11 medals.

On this day in 1878 a lass by the name of Emma Nutt became the world’s first female telephone operator when she was recruited by Alexander Graham Bell…One ringy-dingy…

“Boston Telephone Dispatch Company, Number please…?”

“It’s Mr Bell here, Emma, I’d like to talk to our other subscriber…”

“Certainly Mr Bell… I’m sorry, the number is busy…”

“Busy?!  How can it be bloody busy?!”

And finally, it was a sad day for Passenger Pigeons in 1914 when the last one, called Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo.

To those born on this day…

Coincidentally, a bunch of boxers were born – American heavyweight James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett in 1866, fellow American, Rocky Marciano, in 1923 and Mexican boxer, Erik Morales, in 1976… Errol Flynn played Corbett in the movie, Gentleman Jim…

Engelbert Humperdink was born in 1854 – and in case you thinking that the pop crooner has had some amazing plastic surgery to look so good for 158 years, that one took his name from the original German composer…

Author of Tarzan fame, Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in 1875…

Yvonne De Carlo, whose role as TV’s Lily Munster overshadowed her movie stardom in movies like The Ten Commandments, was born on this day in 1922…

Actress and comedian, Lily Tomlin, was born in 1939, the day Hitler signed that despicable order – and one of her most famous roles was the telephonist in Rowen & Martin’s Laugh In… yep, she made “One ringy-dingy” famous… Here is a clip – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9e3dTOJi0o

The oldest and last remaining Bee Gee, Barry Gibb was born in 1946…

Cuban-American singer, Gloria Estefan, in 1957…

…and the Canadian singer who fronted INXS for a while, J.D. Fortune, was born in 1973.