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  1. Birthdays, historical notes and remembrances for today: Sol Hess (1872) Grace Drayton (1877) Eastman receives patent on his new paper-strip film (1884) Roundhay Garden Scene (1888) Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890) Philip Mendoza (1898) George Wilson (1902) Bob Oksner (1916) Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) Roger Moore (1927) Giovanni Gandini (1929) Happy Hooligan/And Her Name was Maud concludes (1932) L'Avventuroso debuts (1934) Dann Jippes (1945) Katy Manning (1946) Chuck Yeager becomes first to exceed speed of sound (1947) Bruno Di Sano (1951) Harry Anderson (1952) Charlie Williams (1952) Martin Luther King Jr. receives Nobel Peace Prize (1964) Michael R. Hawkins (1965) First live TV broadcast by American astronauts in orbit (1968) Henri Jenfevre (1968) Christopher Jones (1969) Brandon Peterson (1969) Stijn Gisquière (1975) IPC merges 2000 AD and Starlord into 2000 AD and Starlord (1978) Jaume aka Jaume Pallardó Segarra (1978) Vanessa Davis (1978) First National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights (1979) President Ronald Reagan proclaims War on Drugs (1982) Ming Doyle (1984)
  2. 1956 - American actress, screenwriter, presenter, and comedian Arleen Sorkin, born this date. Sorkin is known for portraying Calliope Jones on the NBC daytime serial Days of Our Lives and for inspiring and voicing the DC Comics villain Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series and the many animated series and video games that followed it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arleen_Sorkin
  3. 1942, Milton Caniff's Burma strips began appearing in American military service papers. From Wikipedia: During the war, Caniff began a second strip, a special version of Terry and the Pirates without Terry but featuring the blonde bombshell, Burma. Caniff donated all of his work on this strip to the armed forces—the strip was available only in military newspapers. After complaints from the Miami Herald about the military version of the strip being published by military newspapers in the Herald's circulation territory, the strip was renamed Male Call and given a new star, Miss Lace, a beautiful woman who lived near every military base and enjoyed the company of enlisted men, whom she addressed as "Generals". Her function, Caniff often said, was to remind service men what they were fighting for, and while the situations in the strip included much 'double entendre', Miss Lace was not portrayed as being promiscuous. Much more so than civilian comic strips which portrayed military characters, Male Call was notable for its honest depiction of what the servicemen encountered; one strip displays Lace dating a soldier on leave who had lost an arm (she lost her temper when a civilian insulted him for that disability). Another strip had her dancing with a man in civilian clothes; a disgruntled GI shoved and mocked him for having an easy life, but Lace's partner was in fact an ex-GI blinded in battle. Caniff continued Male Call until seven months after V-J Day, ending it in March 1946.
  4. 1806, carbon paper is patented in London by inventor Ralph Wedgewood.
  5. Happy birthday to actress Karen Allen, born this date in 1951. Among many fine performances, she played Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008):
  6. 1537 The 1st complete English-language Bible, the "Matthew Bible" is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale 1675 Dutch mathematician Christiaan Huygens patents the pocket watch 1881 Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano 1883 The Orient Express departs on its first official journey from Paris to Instanbul 1915 Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado & Utah is established 1931 Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould debuts 1933 Esquire magazine is 1st published 1949 United Nations' permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated 1957 Soviet Union launches Sputnik I, the 1st artificial Earth satellite into elliptical low Earth orbit 1957 "Leave It to Beaver" debuts on CBS 1958 Transatlantic commercial jet passenger service began (BOAC) 1971 Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World 1973 Hans of Manens ballet "Adagio Hammerklavier" premieres in Amsterdam 1974 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night" 1980 ABC premiere of Saturday futuristic fantasy cartoon "Thundarr the Barbarian” 1985 Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA 1987 "The Last Emperor" directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988) 1990 U.S. premiere of Fox TV's "Beverly Hills, 90210" starring Luke Perry, Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty 1999 "Breathe" single released by Faith Hill (Billboard Song of the Year 2000) Thanks to Rebecca E. Whitten
  7. 1908, Ford Model T automobiles were offered for sale at a price of US $825.
  8. This day in history, 1975, Pink Floyd's concept album Wish You Were Here reaches #1 in the United States and goes on to sell 13 million copies. Wanting to deliver an album that was as innovative as The Dark Side of the Moon, they decided to return to their experimental roots. The concept Pink Floyd settled upon was to use no traditional instruments at all - no guitar, no bass, and no drums. After frustrating months of sessions on "household objects," most of the band was ready to move on from the idea. But out of these ashes, Wish You Were Here was born. Wish You Were Here
  9. Here's a birthday salute to Joss Whedon's Firefly, which made its debut on this date in 2002. Though the TV series bombed, Firefly went on to become a well-received movie. The characters and concept are still popular with the show's many fans. - Tony Isabella
  10. Today is the day that Snoopy’s birthday is celebrated. His birthday was first celebrated by Charles M.Schulz on August 10, 1968, but the comic strip launched in October 1950. Happy Birthday, Snoopy! 🎂 🎉 🎁
  11. Kajukenbo Martial Arts, 5th edition revised Philosophy Through this fist style one gains long life and happiness [7] Kajukenbo (Japanese: カジュケンボ Kajukenbo) is a hybrid martial art from Hawaii. The name Kajukenbo is a portmanteau of the various arts from which its style is derived: KA for Karate, JU for Judo and Jujutsu, KEN for Kenpo and BO for Boxing.[2][3][4] It was developed in the late 1940s and founded in 1947 in the Palama Settlement of Oahu, Hawaii. The art was created through the cooperative efforts of five martial artists, each with a different specialty: Peter Choo, Frank Ordonez, Joe Holck, George Chang and Sijo Adriano Emperado.[5] Kajukenbo training incorporates a blend of striking, kicking, throwing, takedowns, joint locks and weapon disarmament.[2] Today, Kajukenbo is practiced all over the world in many different branches. [6] In contrast to many traditional martial arts, students are not required to mimic their teacher, but are encouraged to develop their own expression of the art. Kajukenbo was founded in 1947 in the Palama Settlement on Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. In the late 1940s, the Palama Settlement was a violent area. Due to this environment, five martial artists from varying backgrounds came together with the goal of developing an art that would be practical and effective on the street. These founders sought to develop one style that would complement each of their individual styles and yet allow for effective fighting at a greater variety of ranges and speeds.[8][9] The five founding members of Kajukenbo were:[3] Adriano Directo Emperado — Kara-Ho Kenpo and Eskrima Joseph Holck — Judo Peter Young Yil Choo — Tang Soo Do, Shotokan Karate and Boxing Frank F. Oradonez — Danzan-ryu Jujutsu Clarence Chang — Chin Na In its conception, the founders followed a simple rule, if a technique worked consistently on the street (or against one another), then it stayed in the system, if it did not, it was discarded. This allowed the style to maintain its self-defense focus, while covering limitations found within each of their traditional arts.[10] One example of a Kajukenbo crest Shortly after its conception, the Korean War broke out, and with it Joe Holck, Peter Choo, Frank Ordonez, and Clarence Chang left Hawaii on active military service, leaving only Adriano Emperado to continue teaching the system.[11] Emperado and his brother Joe introduced Kajukenbo to the public by opening the Palama Settlement School in 1950. They called the school the 'Kajukenbo Self Defense Institute' (K.S.D.I.). The training there was notoriously brutal. Their goal was to be invincible on the street, thus the students sparred with full contact. Emperado had a motto, "The workout isn't over until I see blood on the floor". He also said "the best teacher is pain". His philosophy was that if someone was afraid of pain they would be defeated the first time they were hit. Those who remained developed into tough fighters with a reputation for employing their art in street fights with little provocation. In 1959, Emperado continued to add more Kung Fu into Kajukenbo, shifting the art to a more fluid combination of hard and soft techniques. Since then, Kajukenbo has proved to be an improvement-based, continuously evolving and open form. John Leoning also helped bring out the "bo" of Kajukenbo by pointing out that there should be no wasted motion. The art slowly began to grow in popularity, and soon Emperado had 12 Kajukenbo schools in Hawaii, making it the second largest string of schools at the time. Joe Halbuna, Charles Gaylord, Tony Ramos and Aleju Reyes, who all earned a black belt from Emperado, brought Kajukenbo to the U.S. mainland in 1960. They each opened Kajukenbo schools in California. In 1969, Tony Ramos trained with and exchanged ideas and methods with Bruce Lee. Tony's version of Kajukenbo became known as the "Ramos Method" and is kept alive by numerous instructors. In a 1991 interview with Black Belt Magazine, Emperado was asked who some of the Kajukenbo tournament stars were and said According to Chuck Norris, in his book Against All Odds: My Story, he won the middleweight title in 1967, at the Long Beach Internationals; then defeated Carlos Bunda who had won the lightweight title. Kajukenbo continues to evolve with each generation and maintains its primary focus on realism and practicality. There are usually martial arts schools that will change along with time to fit into the day's society. It is generally thought that "unfair" moves, such as strikes to the eyes or groin, are perfectly acceptable, as is whatever else the practitioner feels is necessary to get home that day.[12] Training workouts emphasize cardio conditioning and functional strength. While individual schools may show variation, it would not be unusual to train with sandbags or boxing gloves. There are core self-defense techniques at the heart of Kajukenbo and Kajukenbo schools eschew impractical and flashy moves. Most kajukenbo curricula feature counter-attacks to punches, kicks, grabs, as well as using knives, sticks and guns to counter back. While this base of common knowledge will keep schools' styles similar, there is plenty of room for variation. This openness tends to encourage schools to incorporate other arts into their practice. The primary concentration of all Kajukenbo schools remains real world self-defense, because protecting one's self in a street-fighting situation is primary.[13] Early Basic Kajukenbo Maneuver Phase Cost OCV DCV Effects Joint Lock/Throw 1/2 4 +1 +0 Grab One Limb; 1d6 NND, Target Falls Martial Block 1/2 4 +2 +2 Block, Abort Martial Disarm 1/2 4 -1 +1 Disarm, +10 STR to Disarm Roll Martial Flash 1/2 4 -1 -1 Flash Sight Group 4d6 Martial Strike 1/2 4 +0 +2 STR +2d6 Strike Nerve Strike 1/2 4 -2 +0 HKA 1/2d6 STUN Only (2 DC) Takedown 1/2 3 +1 +1 STR Strike; Target Falls *************************************************************************************************** Most schools also feature Counterstrike 1/2 4 +2 +2 STR +2d6 Strike, Must Follow Block Reversal var 4 -1 -2 STR +15 to Escape; Grab Two Limbs Weapon Elements: Blades, Clubs, Fistloads WF: Blades, Clubs, Handguns **************************************************************************************************** Kokoro Healing and Empowerment is a concept derived from the Kajukenbo Martial Arts. Sigung Donna Ramos-Burns has taken Kajukenbo and has incorporated Yoga/Pilates and Meditation, this art is targeted towards women. She was recognized by the State of California as an Innovative Finalist 2.0, a reward that recognizes healthier lifestyle living by exercising outdoors. She continues to teach this to the Marin City community.[14] Traditional Belt Colors White Yellow Orange Purple Blue Green Brown Black Ranking hierarchies vary widely from school to school. Traditional Japanese martial art ranking is often followed. One common belt order is as follows: white, yellow, orange, purple, blue, green, brown, black. followed by the other various degrees of black belt. The schools have second and third stripe belts that feature a white for second or black for third stripe running down the center of the belt. Black belt rankings and titles can also vary, with most schools adopting either Chinese or Japanese titles. Branches Emperado Kenpo "Emperado Method" or "Traditional Hard Style". Tum Pai The original style of Tum Pai might have been put together by Adriano D. Emperado, Al Dacascos and Al Dela Cruz in the early 60s to create an advanced style for the Kajukenbo system.[15][16][17][18] In the mid-60s the developments that made up Tum Pai became incorporated into what was called "Chu'an Fa". In 1971 Jon A. Loren started incorporating the concepts of Tai-Chi and Southern Sil-lum into his Kajukenbo classes. This was called Northern Kajukenbo until 1976. In 1976, while staying with Emperado in Hawaii, he demonstrated his concepts and techniques and asked if he could call it Tum Pai and bring the name back to life. Emperado granted permission with the acknowledgment that the original Tum Pai followed a different path than the revised Tum Pai soft style. The name Tum Pai, which means "central way", fits the Tai Chi concept blended into the Kajukenbo format. Chu'an Fa In Hawaii during the early 1960s Adriano Emperado, along with students Al Dacascos and Al Dela Cruz, incorporated innovations of the style Tum Pai and other martial arts into their Kajukenbo training.[19] Later it became obvious that they were no longer doing Tum Pai and it would have to be named something else. In the mid 60s Al Dacascos moved to Northern California and continued training in the Northern and Southern styles of Sil-lum Kung Fu to enhance his Kajukenbo training. It was in 1965 that the name Chu'an Fa was introduced. Wun Hop Kuen Do Wun Hop Kuen Do was founded by Al Dacascos, in Cantonese Chinese Wun Hop Kuen Do means "combination fist art style" Wun Hop Kuen Do techniques identify with, and are based on, the Kajukenbo system.[20] This martial arts style incorporates techniques from many different styles including Northern and Southern Kung Fu systems and Escrima. Since this style is always being developed it is not a fixed system. This means that practitioners of the style are always striving to improve it by the incorporation and improvement of useful methods or techniques. In addition the philosophy of remaining "unfixed" also applies to the defense techniques, in that there is no defined response to a given situation, and they attempt to fit the situation as it arises. This idea leads to self-defense that is creative and allows one to think about what is the best response. This is one of the primary things that sets this style apart from most others, it is a martial art that asks you to think for yourself and use your own common sense to actually see what you should do next. There are many drills to allow practice of this type of fluidity and creativity that lead to the ability to respond reflexively to any situation — which is in contrast to many other training methods where one is supposed to mimic techniques which are often not practical, except under very defined circumstances. Kajukenbo Association of America (KAA) In 1967 Charles Gaylord, along with other accomplished Kajukenbo practitioners Aleju Reyes, Joe Halbuna, Tony Ramos, and Al Dacascos formed the Kajukenbo Association of America (KAA.)[21] The KAA organization lasted until the early 1970s, but it was brought back in 1980 under the leadership of Charles Gaylord who had recently received his 9th degree black belt under founder Adrian Emperado. Fifteen years later in September 1995, the KAA’s black belts promoted Charles Gaylord to the honorary rank of 10th degree black belt. Grandmaster Gaylord's traditional Kajukenbo curriculum continues to be taught by his chief instructors who operate Kajukenbo schools in Hawaii and other parts of the United States.[7] Matsuno Kajukenbo Developed by Prof. Vincent Holck, the son of Joseph Holck and nephew of Peter YY Choo, Ma Prof. Holck, Matsuno professes his teachings of Kajukenbo under two systems.[22] The first system of Kajukenbo is the Matsuno Ryu Goshinjutsu. This system dedicates the introduction of Danzan Ryu Jujutsu, by his father, into the Kajukenbo system. The second system of Kajukenbo is the Matsuno Kajukenbo Kai which dedicates the introduction of kickboxing into the Kajukenbo system by his Uncle, Prof. Peter Choo. References ^ HILL, Robert (September 8, 2010). "World of Martial Arts !". Lulu.com. Retrieved February 19, 2017 – via Google Books. ^ Jump up to: a b c Inc, Active Interest Media (1 July 1982). "Black Belt". Black Belt Magazine. Active Interest Media, Inc. Retrieved 19 February 2017 – via Google Books. ^ Jump up to: a b Bishop, John. "Adriano D. Emperado The Force Behind Kajukenbo". Kajukenboinfo.com. Archived from the original on December 17, 2014. Retrieved 21 December2014. ^ Inc, Active Interest Media (1 October 1991). "Black Belt". Black Belt Magazine. Active Interest Media, Inc. Retrieved 19 February 2017 – via Google Books. ^ Jump up to: a b "AN INTERVIEW WITH ADRIANO D. EMPERADO". Kajukenboinfo.com. Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2014. ^ "Kajukenbo Schools". Kajukenbo.org. Retrieved 21 December 2014. ^ Jump up to: a b "Budo International Magazine" (PDF). Usadojo.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. ^ "Kajukenbo History". Kajukenbo.org. Retrieved 21 December 2014. ^ Inc, Active Interest Media (November 1, 1987). "Black Belt". Active Interest Media, Inc. 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Retrieved 1 January 2018 – via Google Books. ^ HILL, Robert (8 September 2010). "World of Martial Arts !". Lulu.com. Retrieved 1 January 2018 – via Google Books. ^ Green, Thomas A. "Martial Arts of the World: En Encyclopedia". ABC-CLIO. Retrieved 1 January 2018 – via Google Books. ^ Inc, Active Interest Media (1 July 1982). "Black Belt". Active Interest Media, Inc. Retrieved 1 January 2018 – via Google Books. ^ Inc, Active Interest Media (1 May 1984). "Black Belt". Active Interest Media, Inc. Retrieved 19 February 2017 – via Google Books. ^ HILL, Robert (8 September 2010). "World of Martial Arts !". Lulu.com. Retrieved 20 February 2017 – via Google Books. ^ Bishop, John Evan (1 October 2006). "Kajukenbo -- the Original Mixed Martial Art". Kajukenbo. Retrieved 20 February 2017 – via Google Books.
  12. Billie Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.
  13. 46 years ago, Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein” came to life on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 1 for a week. It’s one of only 25 instrumental singles to top the pop charts. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P8f-Qb-bwlU
  14. MAY 25, 1972, OCTAVIA LENORA SPENCER, Academy Award winning actress, was born in Montgomery, Alabama. Spencer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in liberal arts from Auburn University in 1994. She made her film debut in 1996 in “A Time to Kill.” Other films in which she has appeared include “Spiderman” (2002), “Coach Carter” (2005), and “Fruitvale Station” (2013). She has also made guest appearances on a number of television shows, including “NYPD Blue,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Ugly Betty,” and “The Big Bang Theory.” In 2003, Spencer made her first and only stage appearance in “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.” In 2011, she appeared in “The Help” for which she won the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress-Motion Picture and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
  15. MAY 25, 1943, LESLIE UGGAMS, actress and singer, was born in New York City. Uggams started in show business in 1950 on the television series “Beulah” and at nine was opening for such legends as LOUIS ARMSTRONG, ELLA FITZGERALD, and DINAH WASHINGTON at the APOLLO THEATRE. At 15, she appeared on the television quiz show “Name That Tune” and won $12,500 toward her college education. From 1961 to 1963, she attended the Julliard School of Music. During that same period, Uggams was a regular on “Sing Along With Mitch,” the FIRST African American performer to be regularly featured on a weekly national prime time television series. In 1968, she won the Tony Award for BEST ACTRESS in a Musical for her performance in “Hallelujah, Baby!.” In 1969, Uggams hosted “The Leslie Uggams Show,” the second television variety show to be hosted by an African American. Uggams was recognized for portraying Kizzy Reynolds in the television miniseries Roots (1977), earning Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for her performance. In 1975, she starred in the film “Poor Pretty Eddy.” Other Broadway appearances include “King Hedley II” (2001), for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (2002), and “On Golden Pond” (2005).
  16. In 1859, Arthur Conan Doyle was born! Over 125 years after his creation, Sherlock Holmes remains the most popular fictional detective in history. Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for the 60 stories he wrote about Sherlock Holmes. His body of work includes nearly 200 novels, short stories, poems, historical books and pamphlets. Happy Birthday Arthur!
  17. From Turning Points by Maggie Thompson: "45 years ago May 1974 With “The Fury of Iron Fist!” Marvel Premiere #15 introduces, yes, Iron Fist. The origin story of Danny Rand’s testing is by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, and Dick Giordano." Cover by Gil Kane and Dick Giordano with alleged alterations by John Romita.
  18. On this date in 1429, Joan of Arc arrived to relieve the Siege of Orléans.
  19. Historical note. On this date in 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan switched its water source to the Flint River, beginning the ongoing Flint water crisis which has caused lead poisoning in up to 12,000 people, and 15 deaths from Legionnaires disease, ultimately leading to criminal indictments against 15 people, five of whom have been charged with involuntary manslaughter. That this has not been adequately addressed is a national disgrace. - Tony Isabella
  20. On this date and on April 22 of 1954, as the result of resolutions by Senators Estes Kefauver and Robert C. Hendrickson to make "a full and complete study of juvenile delinquency in the United States," Senate hearings on comic books included testimony from psychiatrists, publishers, comics creators and newspaper representatives. Fredric Wertham and EC Comics publisher William Gaines were among those who appeared.
  21. 1918...World War I: German fighter Ace-of-Aces Manfred von Richthofen, better known as "The Red Baron", was shot down and killed over Vaux-sur-Somme in France.
  22. World Autism Awareness Day In a 2015 Presidential Proclamation, President Obama highlighted some of the initiatives that the US government was taking to bring rights to those with autism and to bring awareness to the disorder. He highlighted things like The Affordable Care Act, which prohibits health insurance companies from denying coverage based on a pre-existing condition such as autism. He also pointed out the recent Autism CARES Act of 2014, which provides higher level training for those who are serving citizens on the autism spectrum. Norodom Sihanouk 1513 – Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León became the first European to sight Florida, purportedly while searching for the Fountain of Youth. 1863 – About 5,000 people, mostly poor women, rioted in Richmond, Virginia, protesting the exorbitant price of bread. 1976 – Norodom Sihanouk (pictured) resigned as leader of Cambodia and was arrested by the Khmer Rouge. 1979 – Spores of anthrax were accidentally released from a military research facility near the city of Sverdlovsk, causing around 100 deaths. 2015 – Four elderly men burgled items worth up to £200 million from a safe deposit facility in London's Hatton Garden area. Wilhelmine Reichard (b. 1788) · Sir James Montgomery, 1st Baronet (d. 1803) · Juanito (d. 1992)
  23. 1931, Virne Beatrice "Jackie" Mitchell Gilbert was one of the first female pitchers in professional baseball history. Pitching for the Chattanooga Lookouts Class AA minor league baseball team in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, she struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in succession.
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