Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Ninth Day of The Month...

The Ninth, didn't I say it was the Ninth?

Another Ninth is upon us. In the spirit of not working too hard, I electronically deposited my paycheck yesterday, postulating on the date in excitement. Time to explore all the wonderful things that make the Ninth Day of the Month interesting.

This year on the Ninth it is guitar legend Les Paul's 96th birthday, according to the Google homepage. Les Paul was famous as a jazz and country music song writer, plus he was inventor of the Gibson guitar. In addition to the awesome heart-breaker, "Tennessee Waltz" (played here by Patsy Cline http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRNdap-ioNM), the man freakin' wrote "Jingle Bells". All of this is courtesy of the Wikipedia homepage for Les Paul http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Paul#Biography.

Yall tell me that's not cute! I dare ya!
If today is the Ninth, then it is exactly ten days until my birthday, the 19th. I will be officially 26 years old. I've been telling everyone how old I am in slight exaggeration. Everyone at work thought my birthday was months ago. This year I've asked for a Sackboy from Little Big Planet (my character wears a crash helmet and fatigues), a combination electric-aluminum griddle for cooking pancakes, an Otterbox phone case for my HTC Inspire, and an encyclopedia of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.



In film, the movie Congo, based on the novel by Michael Crichton, was released in 1995. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier came out in 1985.

In the wide world of sports, Czechoslovakia beat the U.S. 5-1 in World Cup soccer in 1990.


On this day in 1983 Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party won Britain's parliamentary election.
Also in politics, Joseph Welch asked Senator Joseph McCarthy "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" during Senate-Army hearings.


All of these facts are courtesy of http://www.brainyhistory.com/days/june_9.html


Stock photo courtesy of Amazon.com
In other Ninth day of the Month news, Tor.com recently announced, via the monthly "Fiction Affliction: Diagnosing New Releases in Fiction" for June, that Michael Moorcock's latest masterpiece, The Sunday Books will be released June 30th. The stories in this collection have been based off (Vonn, are you listening?) of Mervyn Peake's illustrations. Mervyn Peake told his children swashbuckling stories of adventure and illustrated them. However, he never put those stories to printed word. Who better to do him such honor than Michael Moorcock?


In addition to the release of Moorcock's collection, July 9th marks centenary of Peake's birth. Tune in next month as we explore the life and times of Mervyn Peake in a very special edition of "The Ninth Day of the Month". There will also be a review of The Sunday Books in store for you as well. 


See you next month, and have a happy Ninth!



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