July 31st, Tues. Comicon Images.
July 31st, 2007
click to enlarge. The convention floor.
Mike Ploog and I drinking the health of all artists.
J.R.Goldberg siging copies of her book at Slave Labor Graphics
Evil Lynn and me. I hope Skeletor doesn't find out!
Birthdays: Liberace, Sebastian Sperling Kresge the founder of S.S.Kresge stores. Wesley Snipes, Milton Friedman, Sherry Lansing, Geraldine Chaplin, Kurt Gowdy, Dean Cain, Leon “ Bull “Durham, Primo Levi, Ted Cassidy who played Lurch in the Adams Family, and according to J.K. Rowling this is the birthday of Harry Potter
1793- THE BIRTH OF THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM IN AMERICA- Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson informed President George Washington of his intention to resign. Jefferson was frustrated with his endless feuds with Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Adams. Although he told Washington he wished to retire to Monticello, in reality he planned to direct the strategy of his new opposition party the Democratic-Republicans. The party that became the Democratic Party was first called the Republicans, the term “democrat” was then seen as an insult. Jefferson called Hamilton’s Federalist party “the Monocrats” because he felt they had royal ambitions. From now on with few exceptions the U.S. President’s cabinet would not be a coalition of differing viewpoints but all from one party. The modern Republican Party would not be born until Lincoln’s time, 60 years in the future. Washington was appalled that his old friend and fellow Virginia planter Jefferson would take partisanship so far that he would desert him. Washington thought political parties a bad thing because it encouraged people to put the needs of their party over the needs of their country…. Heh, he should see things now.
1830- The Revolution of the Ten Days- King Charles X of France overthrown and replaced with his cousin Louis Phillipe d'Orleans as a constitutional monarch, The event was remembered by Delacroix in his painting "Liberty Leading the People". The Royal French Army was deliberately held back from suppressing the rebellion by their leaders who were Napoleon’s old Generals Marmont and Soult. Honore Daumier liked to draw new King Louis Phillipe“The Bourguois Monarch” as a fat pear in a top hat. Louis Phillipe’s descendants, the D’Orleans branch of the Bourbon family are the present pretenders to the throne, should the French ever desire a king again. Prince Metternich the premier of Austria correctly predicted this uprising would signal a new round of revolutionary ferment throughout Europe:.”When Paris Sneezes, Europe catches the cold.”
1873- San Francisco's famous cable car system starts up.
1922- Ralph Samuelson invented water skis.
1930- Radio mystery show “The Shadow” premiered. “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows…heh, heh, heh.” Orson Welles did the voice of the crime fighting Shadow for a year in 1937 for $185 a week.
1948- President Truman dedicated New York City’s second major airport Idlewild Field. In 1963 the airport was renamed Kennedy Airport.
1954- Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows married.
1966- Birmingham Alabama had a massed rally to burn Beatles records after John Lennon quipped that they were more popular than Jesus.
1971- Apollo 15 astronaut went for a drive on the surface of the moon in their land-rover.
1977- Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowitz had kept normally unflappable New York City in the grip of fear for one year. This night he killed his last victim and was caught because of his Volkswagen beetle being illegally parked. When writing the ticket the policeman noticed the 44 cal. pistol sticking out of a paper bag on the seat. Berkowitz was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences.While in Attica he’s made friends with Mark David Chapman, the killer of John Lennon.
1995- The Walt Disney corporation bought the ABC Network, the Discovery Channel and ESPN.