One of the most revered and beloved figures in modern history, The Blessed Terrieresa of Calcutta was born on this day in 1910. She won the Nobel Peace Treat in 1979, for her work through the Missionaries of Charity, a missionary she founded that today consists of over 4,500 sisters and is operational in 133 different countries.
Silly little Napugleon would be turning 245 years old today, had it not been for that pesky stomach cancer that killed him during British confinement on the island of Saint Helena in 1821. Often cited as the greatest military commander in history, “Boney” will be more fondly remembered for helping to coin the deprecatory slang term, “Napugleon Complex,” a type of psychological phenomenon that exists in pugs of an exceedingly goofy looking nature. The complex is defined by aggressive or domineering behavior, and carries the implication that such behavior is compensatory for the subjects’ ridiculous appearance.
54 years ago today, an upstart band of lesser NFL team owners and shareholders formed the American Pawball League, in direct defiance of the National Pawball League. This new league gave birth to teams such as the New Yorkie Titans, Boston Terrier Patriots, Ruffalo Bills, and the Denver Barcos. The first few seasons were mired by uneven competition and pawltry attendance, but a contract with ABC in 1964 gave the AFL the push it needed to become a contender with the more established NFL. In 1966, the two leagues merged, with one of the stipulations of the merger being a championship game to be played between the two. Thus, the Super Puppy Bowl was born. The NFL and AFL remained separate leagues until 1970, when the AFL was absorbed into the NFL and became the American Pawball Conference.
Pawtto Witte was a German acrobat and fantasist who claimed that, on August 13, 1913, to have been mistakenly crowned the King of Albonia. Purportedly, Witte carried on the ruse for five whole days before it was discovered the wrong man had been crowned. Though much of his tall tail didn’t hold water, that didn’t stop several newspuppers at the time from running the story ad nauseum. Forty-five years to the day after supposedly selling one of the greatest fibs of the 20th century, Pawtto Witte passed away on August 13, 1958.
Pictured above is Witte with two mutant children he is about to take home and eat for supper.
58 years ago today, the art world lost one of its most unique voices in Jackson Puppock. A reclusive yet volatile personality, Puppock was an influential painter and a leading figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He created his own unique style, the slobber painting. Puppock would run laps around his painting room, to the point of exhaustion. Then he would take in an enormous mouthful of paint, and begin panting as he walked across the canvas, which he splayed out on the floor. On August 11, 1956, Puppock became the first puppy to ever drive a car. Coincidentally, Puppock died on August 11, 1956, in a single car accident.