NATALIES: Natal Anniversaries for July 31, 2012

“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 wyverns with one marshmallow… or something like that.

Today is July 31, The Day of the Human Portrait, Always Live Better Than Yesterday Day, Cotton Candy Day, Friendship Day, Mutts Day, Shredded Wheat Day, Bosnia-Herzegovina Independence Day, Devoted Couples Day, La Hae Hawai’I – Flag Day in Hawaii, Lammas Eve, Norse Loki and Sigyn Day (Norway), Raspberry Cake Day, and the Feast Day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Today in Geek History: On this day in 1966, THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS premiered.

The movie, released in Japan as Frankenstein’s Monsters: Sanda versus Gaira, is a 1966 daikaiju eiga (giant monster movie), and a semisequel to Frankenstein vs. Baragon.
It introduces two giant, hairy humanoids called Gargantuas, which spawned from the discarded cells of Frankenstein’s monster from the previous film and are described as brothers. The Green Gargantua is violent and savage, preying upon human beings; as he lives in sea water, he is given the name Gaira (from kai, “sea”). The Brown Gargantua had been raised in captivity, and is docile and gentle; because he resides in the Japan Alps, he is called Sanda (from san, “mountain”). The film follows the investigation and military engagements of these creatures until their climactic confrontation in Tokyo.


Michael Biehn, Illustration by M. Mrakota Orsman.

Michael Biehn, Illustration by M. Mrakota Orsman.

Today’s featured NATAL Anniversary is that of Actor and Director Michael Biehn of THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, THE ABYSS, TOMBSTONE, and PLANET TERROR. He has recently directed his first film, THE VICTIM. I hope he gets to make his “True Story of Johnny Ringo” biopic. TOMBSTONE never got him remotely correctly. Ringo never shot a priest, for example…

Other folks celebrating their birthdays today are Rico Rodriguez of MODERN FAMILY, Eric Lively of BRAINSTORM, B. J. Novak of INGLORIOUS BASTERDS; Emilia Fox of the BBC’s MERLIN; Ben Chaplin of LOST SOULS and DORIAN GRAY; Loren Dean of SPACE COWBOYS and APOLLO 13; video game composer Tim Wright; voice actor Mitsuo Iwata; anime director Tatsuya Ishihara; Dean Cain of LOIS AND CLARK and RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT; HARRY POTTER scribe J. K. Rowling; filmmaker Julian Richards of SHIVER and THE LAST HORROR MOVIE; Wesley Snipes of the BLADE films, and DEMOLITION MAN; Wally Kurth of POM POKO, GENERATOR REX and MORTAL KOMBAT 2011; Dirk Blocker of POLTERGEIST and PRINCE OF DARKNESS; Barry Van Dyke of GALACTICA 1980; Richard Griffiths ot the HARRY POTTER films, WITHNAIL AND I, and KING RALPH; Geraldine Chaplin of THE WOLFMAN; France Nuyen of BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES; Geoffrey Lewis of THE DEVIL’S REJECTS and LAWNMOWER MAN; Ted Cassidy of THE ADDAMS FAMILY and THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN; author Lynne Reid Banks; Don Murray of CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES; Percy Herbert of ONE MILLION YEARS B.C., and MYSTERIOUS ISLAND; MATCH GAME co-producer Bill Todman; and TOM AND JERRY producer Fred Quimby. Happy Day All!

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