On This Day, March 8th

1. 1993: Beavis and Butthead Premier on MTV

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PHOTO: LAweekly


Beavis and Butthead are two of TV’s most recognized animated characters, especially if you add in the voices or the signature laugh. On this day in 1993 MTV aired the first episode and that was in my opinion the start of what would be a totally new MTV. Mike Judge was the shows creator and he was at an animation festival where an MTV producer saw his work and then later ended up signing Judge to do 65 episodes showing at both 7pm and 11pm. But later after facing major controversy due to Beavis having such fascination with fire, one mother blamed the show for the death of her 2yr old daughter that had been killed in a fire started by her 5yr old son. MTV cut all shows that referenced fire in any way and changed the 7pm time slot to 10:30pm and 11:30pm so that it could target an older demographic. Judge went on to make a feature length movie called Beavis and Butthead do America and then later created the hit show King of the Hill in which the main character, Hank Hill, has the same voice as the old man that would sometimes show up in the earlier Beavis and Butthead episodes.

2. 1950: VW starts produciton on the Iconic “bus”

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PHOTO: FlickRiver


PHOTO: gearheads.org

PHOTO: gearheads.org

The Volkswagen bus was often refereed to as a “hippy bus” and made a huge impact on the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Originally called the Type 2 ( type 1 being the beetle) the bus started its production on this day back in 1950. The T2, also called the transporter came with a huge 69 cubic inch 4 cylinder boxer engine what had only 24hp which seems almost like a big lawnmower engine now days. The 1950 model had the split front window that was later taken out of production became a huge collectors item and if you could get you hands on one of those split window now you would have some serious money on your hands.

3. 1999: Baseball Legend Joe DiMaggio passes away

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PHOTO: wiki


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PHOTO: ESPN

Joe DiMaggio was a hall of fame level baseball player who was most known for his record of a 52 game hitting streak that still is in place today. He started playing professionally back in May 1936 for the New York Yankees and his rookie season he hit 29 home runs and batted a very respectable .323 which was good for a veteran of the game so as a rookie it was fantastic. A couple years later Joe sacrificed 3 years of his prime to join the Army for World War II. Most of those years were spent in the US doing training and mainly to boost the country’s moral which had been suffering due to the war. He then returned to the Yankees in 1946 and let them to 3 straight world series titles but then due to some pain in his heal decided to retire in 1951. As amazing as “joltin Joe” was on the baseball field, he was also known for having quite the personal life. Shortly after he retired in 1951 he met an actress who was just starting to bloom in her Hollywood career, that actress was none other the Marilyn Monroe. The two hit it off immediately and soon became America’s power couple and after an 18 month long courtship the finally got married in 1954. However due to the fact that Joe wanted to settle down and Marilyn’s career had just started to take off so Americas favorite couple broke up after just 1 year. They remained friends and when Marilyn passed away in 1962 DiMaggio sent flowers to her grave three times a week for the next 20 years and never re married. DiMaggio passed away in San Francisco from his battle with lung cancer.