NATALIES!* Today is August 8th, The Day of the Roleplayers, Frozen Custard Day, Happiness Happens Day, Admit You’re Happy Day, Zucchini Day, Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night, Stable Clean-Up Day, Swimming Day, Burryman Festival Holiday (Scotland), Cheesecake Day, Date to Create, Discordian Season of Bureaucracy (first day), Fairies’ Finest Fairy Finals Festival Holiday, Fourteen Holy Helpers Day, Garage Sale Day (varies), International Character Day, International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (Australia), the Nudist Convention Holiday, Universal & International Infinity Day, and the feast day of St. Dominic, patron Saint of Astronomers.
THIS DAY IN GEEK HISTORY: On this day in 2004, one of the original “Scream Queens”, Fay Wray passed away a few days short of her 97th Birthday. She had been scheduled to make a cameo in Peter Jackson’s KONG remake. When he death was announced, the lights in the Empire State Building were shut off for 15 minutes as a mark of respect.
On this day in 1960, Brian Hyland and the John Dixon Orchestra hit the top of the charts with their hit single, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”
On this day in 1930, writer Terry Nation was born in Cardiff, Wales. The writer, who created the science fiction series SURVIVORS and BLAKE’S 7, is probably best known for the creation of DOCTOR WHO’S Most iconic Foes, THE DALEKS!
Today’s featured BIRTHDAYS include screenwriter, promoter, and all around good guy Samuel Glass, and one of our all-time favorites of our kids’ teachers, Alisha McClure, who was savvy enough to catch something that not only everyone before her had missed, but whose intervention also had positive consequences far into the future.
They share their birthday with Katie Leung of the HARRY POTTER films; Peyton List of FLASHFORWARD; Meagan Good of SAW V; editorand director Lee Unkrich of TOY STORY 2 & 3; Filmmaker Jon Turteltaub of NATIONAL TREASURE and SORCERER’S APPRENTICE; Don Most, aka “Ralph Malph” of HAPPY DAYS; GHOST IN THE SHELL director Mamoru Oshii; PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi; Keith Carradine of DEXTER and COWBOYS & ALIENS; Adult actor John Holmes; Brooke Bundy of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3 and 4; Connie Stevens of TWO ON A GUILLOTINE; Dustin Hoffman of MARATHON MAN, LITTLE BIG MAN, and WAG THE DOG; Keith Barron of THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT; TV producers Donald Bellisario and William Asher; Richard Anderson of FORBIDDEN PLANET and THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN; Illustrator Károly Reich; Rory Calhoun of MOTEL HELL; and the patron saint of movie producers, Dino De Laurentiis.
Happy ate ate!
*“NATALIES” is a combined short form of the words NATAL (refers to birth) and ANNIVERSARIES… In other words, Birthdays. For the last year or so I’ve been posting these on my FACEBOOK page. I’ve been needing to start blogging more regularly, so this kills two switchboards with one operator… or something like that.