On this date in 1975, heiress-turned-hostage-turned- revolutionary Patty Hearst was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco. And so began her transformation from radical chic to jailhouse geek. She was tried, convicted, and given a seven year sentence that was commuted in 1979 (thanks, Jimmy!). She was pardoned in January 2001 (thanks, Bill!).
On this date in 1920, an unidentified man stopped his horse-drawn cart in front of the J. P. Morgan building on Wall Street. He got down from the cart and disappeared into the noontime crowd. A short while later, a bomb consisting of dynamite and cast iron slugs detonated on the busy street. Thirty-eight people were killed and over four hundred were injured. Police conducted an exhaustive investigation that lasted over three years, but the case was never solved.
Apparently, pop music’s junior bimbo queen, Miley Cyrus, recorded a cover of Led Zeppelin’s "Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You." The song appeared on Zep’s self-titled first album, and was itself a cover of a folk song by Anne Bredon. I guess Miley thinks this might confer on her some sort of musical gravitas. I’m not sure why she thinks she’s lacking in that department. Didn’t going out in public wearing pasties, swinging naked on a wrecking ball, and twerking on stage with a big foam finger already bestow boatloads of credibility on Billy Ray’s little girl? If not, she can always record a music video for this song. Wearing nothing but a few strategically placed Post-it notes. Yeah, that ought to do the trick.
On this date in a fictional 1999, Earth’s moon was hurled from orbit by a nuclear blast. The personnel manning Moonbase Alpha survived the blast (they were on the opposite side of the moon from the nuclear waste storage facility that blew up), and were sent on an interstellar adventure that lasted two TV seasons. Although some of them didn’t make it to the second season. The show, of course, is Space 1999. The intro to season 1 is posted above. Here’s the intro to season 2:
Personally, I prefer the first season intro over the second. And while we’re on the subject, I thought the first season was better in pretty much every way.
If you’re a fan of the show, and you’re curious about what happened to our intrepid space travelers, there’s an answer for you. Sort of. In 1999 (the real 1999), a short was released titled Message from Moonbase Alpha. It was written by former show writer Johnny Byrne and starred series regular Zienia Merton. Thankfully, someone posted it to Youtube.