The American Treasure Tour blog is plowing ahead with our "Faces of the Tour" series. (It's been a snowy winter, hence the word "plow." What can we say?) Today is Farrah Fawcett day!
Born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1947 (on February 2nd!), Ferrah received her unusual first name both because her mother thought it sounded good with her last name and because it was close to the Arabic word for "joy," farah. She eventually changed the spelling to Farrah herself. Farrah was consistently voted "most beautiful girl" through high school and college, receiving pleas from talent scouts to move to Hollywood. She relented in 1968, and began making appearances in various television commercials and programs. Everything changed for her in 1976, when she modeled for her iconic poster. Over twenty million copies of the poster with Farrah in her red bathing suit and with her now-famous hairdo were sold. Now a bonafide sex symbol, she was quickly cast in the futuristic film Logan's Run and the television show Charlie's Angels. After only one season, she left Charlie's Angels to pursue more ambitious roles. She starred in a number of dramas, most famously 1986's Extremities. She tragically contracted cancer in her late-fifties, and passed away in 2009.
Shortly after Farrah Fawcett moved to Los Angeles, she began dating the young actor Lee Majors, who she would marry in 1973 while he starred in a popular television program that was on the air for five years. What was it called?
a) The Fall Guy
b) The Big Valley
c) The Brady Bunch
d) The Six Million Dollar Man
e) Tour of Duty
If any single event can be accredited with the eventual election of Abraham Lincoln into the Presidency of the United States, it was a speech he gave on this date in 1860 at the Cooper Union in New York City. The backwoodsman from Illinois was little known on the east coast at the time, and those who were aware of him found his disheveled and awkward appearance unappealing to put it nicely. And then he spoke at the Cooper Union building (which still stands today at Astor Place in Manhattan). His eloquent and well-considered speech impressed people who both witnessed it and read about it in the newspapers, helping to make his a household name.
On August 2nd, 1990, Iraqi troops invaded neighboring Kuwait, which led United States President George H.W. Bush to send troops and ships into the region to defend American allies, in what is now referred to as the First Gulf War. Eighteen months later, on this day in 1991, he announced that Kuwait was liberated, and the war was officially over the next day. Some pundits expressed their conviction that American forces should have continued on to Baghdad rather than end the war, but President Bush believed that would prove disastrous, so Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein remained in power for another two decades, until President George W. Bush sent troops to Iraq to finish the job his dad had begun in 2003.
Two great American writers share a birthday today: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and John Steinbeck. Both hugely influential in their day and for posterity, Longfellow was born in 1807, and his most famous work is a poem - "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." Prior to its publication, Revere's participation in the American Revolution was largely forgotten. While Longfellow immortalized him in rhyme, he also fictionalized the story of the fateful night of April 18th into the 19th quite a bit (for example: Revere never even made it to Concord!).
Steinbeck, born in 1902, created dramatic testaments to the human spirit. His most influential novel has to be Grapes of Wrath, wherein he described the plight of farmers scrambling to survive life's hurdles during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression of the 1930s, although his other masterpieces, including Of Mice and Men and East of Eden, deserve spots on the best fiction lists as well.
God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of every man I've ever met. - Farrah Fawcett
Answer: d) The Six Million Dollar Man