I thought it would be fun to take a day do a few “on this day in history” moments. My selections are completely based on things I find neat and want to share. Enjoy!
1881 — American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton
1927 & 1932 — Lindbergh lands in Paris & Amelia Earhart finishes her transatlantic flight
On the other hand, I learned about Lindbergh’s “America First” affiliation as a teen, and it has completely shaped my view of him. For a concrete illustration of my own disillusionment, check out the Frank Capra’s film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939 — one of the great movies). In it, the idealistic Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart) discovers the rampant corruption of Washington politics and in particular Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains). As the disheartened Smith rushes to confront his former mentor (Rains), Capra pans the camera slowly across the Senator’s office. A painting of Charles Lindbergh graces the morally ambiguous senator’s wall. I’ve never seen it referenced, yet given Capra’s obvious interventionist sentiments — I think he was expressing the same disappointment I felt.
1945 — Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall marry
1955 — Chuck Berry records “Maybelline”
deep cut media: awesome movie & soundtrack, try Standing in the Shadows of Motown. It’s a documentary about the Funk Brothers, the session artists behind the “Motown” sound. The soundtrack rocks incredibly hard — the covers use contemporary artists, as well as surviving Motown legends to recreate some of the classics of the genre. Track Listing: Heat Wave (Joan Osborne); You‘ve Really Got a Hold on Me (Meshell Ndegeocello); Do You Love Me (Bootsy Collins); Bernadette (instrumental from the Funk Brothers); Reach out I’ll Be There (Gerald Levert and Tom Scott); Ain’t too Proud to Beg (Ben Harper — completely incredible); Shotgun (Gerald Levert and Tom Scott); What Becomes of the Brokenhearted (Joan Osborne — probably my favorite cut on the entire album); I Heard it through the Grapevine (Ben Harper); You Keep Me Hanging On (instrumental from the Funk Brothers); Cool Jerk (Bootsy Collins); Cloud Nine (Meshell Ndegeocello); Band Intro/Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Chaka Khan and Montell Jordan — another cut that just kicks); and The Flick (Earl Van Dyke).
Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do. –> Amelia Earhart