APRIL 28, 2017

APRIL 28: Jessica Alba, Robert Anderson, Ann-Margaret, Francis Bacon, Lionel Barrymore, Ed Begley, Jerome Bixby, Ferdinand Bordewijk, William Campbell, Willie Colon, Penelope Cruz, John Daly, Tom Donahue, David Freese, Scott Fujita, Jorge Garcia, Stuart Gillard, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Marie Harel, Percy Hearth (Modern Jazz Quartet), Ken Hughes, Saddam Hussein, Iceberg Slim, Barry Larkin, Harper Lee, Jay Leno, Mary McDonnell, Benito Mussolini, Jack Ramsay, Darrell Roodt, Furio Scarpelli, Kaneto Shindo, Tobin Sprout (Guided by Voices), Too Short, Kari Wuhrer…

ALBUMS OF THE DAY: Ann-Margaret “The Many Moods of” (1984), Marshall Crenshaw “Marshall Crenshaw” (1982), Gorillaz “Humanz” (2017), Sonic Youth “Dirty” (1992), “Sister” (1987)

BOOKS OF THE DAY: Ferdinand Bordewijk “Character” (1938), Kim Gordon “Girl in a Band” (2015), Harper Lee “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1961)

CRITERIONS OF THE DAY: Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), Kuroneko (1968), Mafioso (1962), Onibaba (1964), The Organizer (1963), Seduced and Abandoned (1964)

DOC’S OF THE DAY: Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird (2010), Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (2013), Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2002)

FILMS OF THE DAY: Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998), Carnal Knowledge (1971), Casino Royale (1967), Character (1997), Do it for Uncle Manny (2002), House of Saddam (2008), Jamon Jamon (1992), Kon-Tiki (2012), The Late Shift (1996), Live Flesh (1997), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), Passion Fish (1992), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), 12 Angry Men (1957)

FOODIE: Blueberry Pie

GUN CRAZY!: 1996 – Port Arthur massacre, Tasmania: A gunman, Martin Bryant, opens fire at the Broad Arrow Cafe in Port Arthur, Tasmania, killing 35 people and wounding 23 others.

HISTORICAL CONSCIOUSNESS: 2004 - The first Abu Ghraib torture pictures are published. The images aired in a 60 Minutes II report showed gross human rights violations, including torture and murder, committed by U.S. soldiers and CIA personnel in the Baghdad prison. 1994 - Former CIA officer Aldrich Ames admits he forwarded U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union Ames was sentenced to life imprisonment for his activities which amounted to one of the most damaging spy cases in U.S. history. 1987 - On a plane that was returning to Boston from Miami Ozzy Osbourne bought three rounds of drinks and sang “Crazy Train” over the PA system. 1967 - Muhammad Ali refused induction into the Army during the height of the Vietnam War, citing his religious beliefs. For his decision, Ali was sentenced to five years in prison and stripped of his boxing title. 1947 - A six-man expedition sailed from Peru aboard a balsa wood raft named the Kon-Tiki on a 101-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia. 1789 - The crew of the British ship Bounty mutineers, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific. 1253 – Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, propounds Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō for the very first time and declares it to be the essence of Buddhism, in effect founding Nichiren Buddhism.

HOLIDAY: Arbor Day (2017), Safety and Health at Work Day, Worker’s Memorial Day

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” Lee

“How come you never see a headline like ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?” Leno

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” Mussolini

pictured: Penelope Cruz (Born 1974), Kim Gordon (Born 1953)