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‘Baby, You’re The Ginchiest . . .’

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

So what do we know about July 30? Well, it’s the 211th day of the year, leaving 154 to go.

And a few notable events have taken place over the years on July 30. The one that’s listed at Wikipedia with the most interesting title might be the First Defenestration of Prague, which took place in 1419. Here’s what happened, according to Wikipedia:

“Jan Želivský, a Hussite priest at the church of the Virgin Mary of the Snows, led his congregation on a procession through the streets of Prague to the New Town on Charles Square. The town council members had refused to exchange . . . Hussite prisoners. While they were marching, a stone was thrown at Želivský from the window of the town hall. The mob became enraged at this event and, led by Jan Žižka, stormed the town hall. Once inside the hall, the group threw the judge, the burgomaster, and some thirteen members of the town council out of the window and into the street, where they were killed by the fall or dispatched by the mob.”

(The Second Defenestration of Prague, says Wikipedia, took place in 1618 when four Catholic Lords Regent were tossed from a third-floor window at the Bohemian Chancellory by angry Protestants. The four survived, likely because of their heavy clothing; Catholics, however, credited the intercession of angels while Czech Protestants credited the intercession of a dung heap as a landing place. The event precipitated the Thirty Years’ War.)

The list of July 30 events at Wikipedia goes on to include other wars, castle constructions, government creations, legislatives signings, space missions and more. It’s interesting stuff, but nothing I see on the page seems quite as good as a classic defenestration. Well, maybe the 1933 birth of Edd Byrnes, who played Gerald Lloyd “Kookie” Kookson III on ABC’s 77 Sunset Strip from 1958 to 1963. Kookie was, as Wikipedia notes, “the valet parking [attendant] who constantly combed his piled-high, greasy-styled teen hair.” Byrnes parlayed Kookie’s popularity with young folks into a hit record with Connie Stevens in 1959 when “Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)” went to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and to No. 30 on the R&B chart.

Happy 80th Birthday, Edd! Here are Byrnes and Stevens on the Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show that aired on April 4, 1959.