This Day in History, Again

No, this (probably) isn’t going to become a regular thing, but while looking for photos that were taken on July 12th – i.e. yesterday – throughout history, I also stumbled across a neat photo taken on July 13th – i.e. today – that I thought was too cool not to share.

Imagine this, okay? The date is July 13th. You’re in Chicago, America’s “second city”. It’s 1955; the war has been over for ten years, technological progress and modern society have surpassed everything you ever thought they would be. It was sunny out. In England, Ruth Ellis had just been put to death for killing her husband, in what would prove to be the UK’s last execution for at least half a century.

Somewhere downtown Chicago, meanwhile, there’s a Shriner’s convention going on, and Chicago has arranged… entertainment.

In this Life magazine photo by John Dominis, a “sky dancer” does her thing – some sort of jumprope act, in a burlesque costume and high heels, on a tiny little platform twenty-some-odd stories above the street. Why? I’ll be damned if I know. Hey, it was the 1950s, maybe it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Thirty years later, someone told Ozzy Ozbourne about it, and his head exploded.

“Bloody hell, that bird is insane!” the Prince of Darkness is alleged to have commented upon being shown the above photo. “Brain bleach! Brain bleach! What has been seen can bloody well be unseen!”

(Okay, not really. That’s Ozzy backstage at Live Aid, July 13th, 1985.)

Published in: General, History | on July 13th, 2010| 3 Comments »

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  1. On 7/13/2010 at 11:49 am Rob Rascally Said:

    Hey, go ahead and keep posting photos, man! I mean, this IS your blog and all, but I don’t mind. 😛

  2. On 7/13/2010 at 11:59 am Mark Said:

    Did you include the Life magazine photo?

  3. On 7/13/2010 at 2:04 pm Nemo Said:

    Erm, yes? Can you see the crazy lady with the jump rope? Can you see Ozzy Osbourne? Both Life magazine photos.