WEEKEND BRIEFINGThe Moron's Weekend Briefing
Jun. 21 - Summer begins today in the northern hemisphere. (The Moron's Almanac takes no interest in other hemisphereres.) Summer is the period between the June solstice and the September equinox, and its broad appeal should therefore come as no surprise. Twenty-five percent of all winning lottery tickets are issued in summer.
Director Billy Wilder was born on the first full day of summer, June 22, in 1906. Mr. Wilder would go on to produce "Some Like It Hot," starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, all of whom frolicked giddily on the beach in bikinis. Mr. Wilder, you see, was comfortable in his season. Not like some people. Some people had to force it. Some people had to prove something. Some people were like Brian Wilson, who was born the day before summer, June 20, in 1942, and became a "Beach Boy" and produced an album called "Endless Summer."
Mr. Wilder shares his birthday with Freddie Prinze (1954), Meryl Streep (1949), Joseph Papp (1921), and Giacomo Puccini (1858).
On June 22, 1933, German chancellor Adolf Hitler banned every political party except his own Evil Nazi Bastards from winning elections. The Evil Nazi Bastards swept the next elections, demonstrating the public's strong support for this measure.
Born on June 21: Prince William (1982), Nicole Kidman (1967), Maureen Stapleton (1925), Jane Russell (1921), Jean-Paul Sartre (1905). On the 23rd: Frances McDormand (1957), Wilma Rudolph (1940), Bob Fosse (1927), Alan Turing (1912), and Josephine Martinique Bonaparte (1763).
June 21 is the Pagan holiday of Letha and it's Flag Day in Denmark. June 22 is Anti-Fascist Struggle Day in Croatia. June 23 is Victory Day in Estonia and the Grand Duke's Birthday in Luxembourg.
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