Friday, December 19, 2008

This day in History

Oh! Good to see you got the flowers we sent for your birthday! I wanted to send roses, but UV was all "No, we have to send gerbera daisies!!!" She won.


This day in American Political history:

Free Image Hosting at 1998 - President Clinton impeached. After nearly 14 hours of debate, the House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. Five weeks later the president was acquitted on both articles of impeachment.

Free Image Hosting at 1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal is born. During the summer of 1997, 16 year old Jake finds himself seated next to 17 year old Chelsea Clinton at the Martha's Vineyard home of Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen for the 51st birthday dinner celebration for Chelsea's father.


This day in Aeronautical history:

Free Image Hosting at 1972 - The Apollo lunar-landing program ends on December 19, 1972, when the last three astronauts to travel to the moon splash down safely in the Pacific Ocean. Apollo 17 had lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, 10 days before.

1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal is born. Sometime later his name is attached to the "Untitled Moon Project" whose synopsis reads: An action film centered around one crew's expedition to the moon during a time of frenzied interest in lunar colonization.


This day in Automotive history:

Free Image Hosting at 1924 - On this date the last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost manufactured in England was sold in London. The Silver Ghost, a custom touring car, was introduced in 1906, and was called by some the "Best Car in the World."

Free Image Hosting at 1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal is born. Later does a photoshoot inside a very old car.


This day in Science history:

1783 - Charles-Julien Brianchon is born. Brianchon was a French mathematician who published a geometrical theorem (named as Brianchon's theorem) while a student (1806). His last work in mathematics made the first use of the term "nine-point circle."

Free Image Hosting at 1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal is born. Goes on to play the role of a mathematician in the film, Proof. I think they were going for the math-geek look with those eyeglasses. I think they failed miserably.

Perhaps they should have considered this look.


This day in Medical history:

1968 - The National Eye Institute is established. Okay I lied, it was established on 12/26, but I'm sure they were underway to establishing it on 12/19.

Free Image Hosting at 1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal is born. Goes on to suffer poor vision his whole life.


This day in Sports history:

1972 - Warren Sapp is born. Sapp is the retired longtime defensive nosetackle for the Tampa Bay Bucs and runner-up in the most recent installment of Dancing With The Stars.

Free Image Hosting at 1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal is born. Goes on to play football. In October Sky. And looks scary mean as a football player.

And does some dancing of his own.
Where he looks both goofy and suave.

Free Image Hosting at 1989 - Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games on December 19.

Free Image Hosting at 1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal is born. In Los Angeles. Because of the location of his birth, it is predetermined he will be a lifelong Lakers fan.

Free Image Hosting at 1984 - On this date, Wayne Gretzky, 23, becomes the 18th and youngest NHLer to score 1,000 points.

Free Image Hosting at 1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal is born. And in 1992 was forbidden by his parents to take a role in Disney's popular children's hockey film The Mighty Ducks, as the shoot would keep him away from home for two months. It would be another 16 years before he would get the chance to work with Disney.

Free Image Hosting at 1994 - Los Angeles Dodgers trade John DeSilva to the Baltimore Orioles and receive John O'Donoghue.

Free Image Hosting at 1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal is born. To the shock and dismay of Dodgers (and Cardinals) fans everywhere he goes on to become a Red Sox fan, to the delight of Sox fans everywhere.


This day in Medieval history:

Free Image Hosting at 1154 - On this date in 1154 Henry II is crowned King of England. On film, Henry II was portrayed by Peter O'Toole in The Lion in Winter.

Free Image Hosting at 1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal is born. In 2008 he begins filming on the classic epic, swashbuckling, action-adventure movie Prince of Persia in which he portrays Prince Dastan. And shows us just how far those biceps have matured.


This day in World history:

Free Image Hosting at 1984 - Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China. On this date in 1984 an historic agreement is signed which will return the British colony of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

Free Image Hosting at 1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal is born. Sometime in late 2008 Britain agrees to return Jake Gyllenhaal to America.

Happy Birthday, Jake. Party on birthday dude!


UltraViolet said...

Great post, FL! I love the "Day in history" connections. Not sure which is my favorite, but Jake in costume on the moon might win!

And I love all the pictures of baby Jake to go with the entries. And JakeJen dancing :)

You worked hard on this one! I get to just sail in and say "Happy Birthday, Jake!" And welcome home.

So glad Britain returned him in time for our post, er, his birthday!

JoeAnn said...

Terrific birthday post, FL. You used my fave Lil!Jake pic--the one of his posing with his baseball team, wearing the birds on the bat. Sweet, sweet, Jakeypoo, where did we go wrong? Nevertheless, best birthday wishes to Teh Pretty on his day!

Nicole said...

This is one of the funniest post ever , FL. Thank you !

Happy Birthday,Jake. Hope you enjoy this day with your loved ones.
Great to see new pictures.

sheba said...

Party on Dude. Happy birthday Jake. What a fabulous post. It's always great to see pictures I've never seen before. BTW, what is that on his head?

With great reluctance we have jointly decided, as a nation, to release him back into the sunshine knowing that he's taking the sunshine back with him.

Come back and see us soon Jake. You'll always have a special place in British hearts.

Monica said...

Good morning, babblers!

Great post and excellent choice of photos, FL!

Happy Birthday, Jake Gyllenhaal!

agent_krycek said...

And a happy birthday to you Jake - and come this afternoon I shall raise a glass to you at our office do (and probably be in the same state as you were in the Ang Lee pictures :o )

Twas nice to be proved right about him returning home =D

Fab post as always, and I would pay serious money to see that toddler!Jake piece of film - singing a Bruce Springstein song IIRC - scoured the net for it, but only caps seem to exist :(

chica said...

What a great post FL!! Clinton was impeached on 12/19? That's something I guess I blocked from my memory!

Happy Birthday Jake!

sheba baby said...

Born on the same day as Warren Sapp, I love it!!

Happy Birthday Jacob, hope you enjoy your day with Reese and the kids.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jake, have a good day with your loved ones. Great post as usual GB (one of the best I think).

paula said...

Happy birthday Jake!

I took a peek at the rest of the pictures on IHJ, he looks jetlagged but good! Can't tell what's going on with this hair though, it looks like it's slicked back.

I guess Reese was getting impatient waiting to let her hair grow out, LOL!! I liked it better shorter, they both look a little damp and how sweet of Jake to bring Ava flowers. I did feel a bit uneasy though looking at this pics because it's obvious all 3 are not thrilled with the paps.

I hope he has a great birthday and a Happy Holiday !

Anonymous said...


extra said...

I love this post FL, it's like a history lesson and a birthday greeting to Jake all wrapped up in one!

Happy Birthday Jake!!! I hope you have fun today with friends and family.

Curious about his hair but I have a feeling that we will not be getting many more pap pics, they don't look amused. I bet they stay close to home in Brentwood or the Ranch, probably through the holidays.

The pics are intrusive and you can see Jake gesturing to Ava and Reese as they spot them, you noticed that Ava has dissapeared from the frame, i think he told her to go ahead to the car.

bobbyanna said...

FL, this is just a delightful post! You certainly included some very historically significant markers.
As a mom, I'm especially ..."affected" the picture of Jake with his mother...gets me all squishy...:)and of course, automotive history means a lot to me too, so I'm particularly fond of "Jake in the car..."
Happy, Happy Birthday, Jacob!!!

get real said...

Hey everyone,

Yay....Happy Birthday Jake!!!! Wishing you lots of joy and happiness!

Really glad to see he is home again with Reese...wish he would stop in NYC too. :)

What a kick ass, awesome birthday post, FL! Love the walk down GyllenLane. ;)

Have a great weekend all. We are supposed to get a big snow storm here...

chica said...

Hi get real!
NYC is bracing for the first real big storm this year, co-workers are already plotting to leave early!

Yes this post is kick-ass, hope he enjoys his day with Reese and the kids.

FluorescentLamp said...

There were SO many more historical events that happened on this day I could have done another two posts' worth. But I had to stop somewhere. :-)

For instance, this date, December 19, is a famous publishing date in literary circles. Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac, Thomas Paine's American Crisis essay ("These are the times that try men's souls"), and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol were all published on his date.

And then I never even covered This Date in Musical History. Again, could be a whole separate post. Suffice to say, the number one song on the charts the week Jake was born was (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon. :-(

And like A_K, I would LOVE to see that clip of baby Jake belting out Born in the USA. Now here's the question, did he mimic the gruff Springsteen voice or did he sing it in more of a falsetto And I'm Telling You voice?

office of nancy pelosi said...

A Christmas Carol was published on this date too??? One of my favorites!!

I love this post FL, great research!

Wishing Jake a very Happy birthday and A Happy holiday season. Hope he, Reese the kids and family enjoy this day and many others.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he did stop to see his sister. We don't know. His sister has her own family now. Hanging out together is something they could do when they had fewer responsibilities. Maggie has built a new life and Jake is trying to build one of his own. They will probably remain close, just in a different way like other families do.

Anonymous said...

It just seems so sad. Now his parents are divorced, there will be no more family Christmas gatherings like that one when the lodge caught on fire, but his parents were together and they were all safe. Maggie is forced to follow Peter and Ramona probably won't know Jake if she even gets to see him. I hope he will try to be happy for his birthday and he at least gets to talk to his real family.

brothers spy said...

Jake is Back in LA and his hair is short again (not buzzed, but not long either) --- still has the scruff though (then again he always did).

He's been back all week.

He was at a holiday concert with Reese and her kids on Wednesday. Ava had some recital or something There are photos available.

Despite what the New York Post wrote, filming on Prince of Persia is complete. There must have been a delay of some type.

I'm sure there will be some sort of birthday celebration this weekend.

Happy Holidays.

shondra said...

I would love to see the full video of Jake singing Born in the USA too. The bits and pieces are not enough, what a cutie then and now!

Great post FL, glad he wasn't able to make The Mighty Ducks!

Wishing Mr. G a Happy Birthday, i'm sure Reese has something special planned for him. Love that they attended Ava's recital, he looks a bit tired but I'm glad he's back home.

brothers spy said...

The only other thing I was thinking was that maybe they're filming the green screen stuff now.

Remember how I was first told that they would be filming the green screen stuff at the end of the shoot for three weeks?

There was originally talk of finishing in late November and/or early December --- taking the rest of December off and then coming back to finish the three weeks of green screen stuff in January.

Maybe principal photography did end on December 3rd, as I was originally told, and they've been filming the green screen stuff since then.

After all, both bits of information was given to me by the same person. Maybe I just misunderstood and assumed that production would be done on December 3rd, when only principal photography would be.

I'm just trying to understand why my source would be so wrong about the dates when he was right about everything else. (He hasn't talked to me since October, sorry, so everything I know if from what he told me months ago).

In any event, I can't imagine they have much more to film, if they are even filming at all.

verdeblusm said...

Happy Birthday Jake!Wishing you peace...and love...and joy... and happiness!

Anonymous said...

I wasn't going to bring it up but is that a swing jacket Reese is wearing? If not, it looks like a maternity coat. I know she has been wearing it for a few weeks but it looks a bit full in the pics on IHJ.

Happy Birthday Jake!

FluorescentLamp said...

I think it's just a swing jacket, anon. She has a couple of films to be shooting real soon, and unless both parts call for a pregnant girl...yeah, no.

bobbyanna said...

Best. Post. Ever. FL, I just keep scrolling thru it discovering new tidbits. I've decided to add the Medieval Jake (or Conan!Jake, as I call him) and Baseball cap Jake to my favorites...(sigh.)

Brothers Spy, your info has been pretty accurate including now. And anyway, I think you have done a stellar job of keeping us up to date and feeling like we could share Jake's progress. This was a complicated, very long shoot and you got me and a lot of other folks thru it so Happy, Happy Christmas! from a very grateful Gyllenbabbler.

(Baby Jake is just adorable. Naomi and Maggie didn't stand a chance! He had them on the first note! )

Narcissa said...

Excellent post! Well done. And Happy Birthday Jake!

gabbana said...

Happy birthday, Jake!

I hope you enjoy a wonderful day with your family and friends!

What a great post to celebrate this day! Thank you, FL!

tpe said...

I like your Birthday Post, FL. I don't know if you remember me from ennisjack...

Aside from wishing Jake a Happy Birthday, I want to thank you for keeping this up -- with not just a little bit of humor/fun, I might add! :-)

lawgoddess said...

This was great fun,FL, thank you.

It's neat to see everything in the world related to our guy.:)

UltraViolet said...

Hi Thomas - I remember you :) Glad you enjoyed the post. FL outdid herself. Which us easy, with Jake as a subject!

BTW, what is that on his head?

Do you mean in the baby-Jake screencaps, Sheba? I don't think thats ever been satisfactorily answered!

Agent K, I'm glad you were right about where Jake would be spending his birthday, though I'm still giggling along with Lemon at how preposterous you made it seem that he'd spend it in London! Hee.

and of course, automotive history means a lot to me too, so I'm particularly fond of "Jake in the car..."

Oh, Bobbyanna, your devotion to the automobile is admirable ;)

UltraViolet said...

Not sure people know they can click on the little baby Jakes to get bigger pics. Thisone is my favorite: Jake and a sandcastle on the Vineyard. It was used in TDAT.

Soooooooooo cute.

FluorescentLamp said...

BTW, what is that on his head?

Do you mean in the baby-Jake screencaps, Sheba? I don't think thats ever been satisfactorily answered!

Actually I think it has been. It's an animal nose. The kind that attaches around the back of your head with a rubber band. Not sure which type of animal. Looks like it could be a dog nose.

FluorescentLamp said...

Such as these animal noses for instance.

suvee said...

Don't have much time before I head out for drinks/dinner (and, yes, I'm having a drink to celebrate Jake's bd). But I had to tell FL how BRILLIANT I think her "Day in History" post is! This is gonna be one of my all time favorites I'm sure.

I've never seen the Baby Jake/sandcastle photo before...... so cute. Thanks, UV!

UltraViolet said...

Snowed in like much of the country - maybe we should all watch a Jake movie for the birthday boy.

Which to watch? Hmm...

Leonor E. G. Núñez said...

Thank you very much FluorescentLamp!
Your great work for Jake's birthday is a beautiful gift for all of us!


bobbyanna said...

It took more then four hours, and I had to stop in between, to clear out my driveway. Ugh!
(I have an "antique" snowblower and it really didn't want to play outside today...)

I'm up for watching any Jake movie...except TDAT...

UltraViolet said...

LOL, Bobbyanna. I did see TDAT listed somewhere as a movie to watch during this big storm. But who wants to watch more snow?

Why hasn't Jake done any movies set in Hawaii or Bora Bora?

sheba said...

Hehehe, I'd love to see him now wearing the elephant nose and a santa hat! Thanks FL and UV... it's been a great day made even better by this fun and fabulous post. Does this guy know how much he's loved and respected by us? I hope he does.

UltraViolet said...

Jake and Reese are one of PopSugar's Favorite Couples of the Year.

And this is a funny video, showing Reese going from interview-happy to post-interview reality.

josie said...

I've been so busy, it looks like I mised wishing Jake happy birthday yesterday!!

Happy belated birthday Jake, hope you had a blast! Glad he made it home for his day, can't wait to see what his hair looks like. Also loved to see that he was with Reese and Ava, love that he bought Ava flowers, waht a sweet gesure.

This one of my favorite post FL, love all the connections. I will have to go back and read it over again!

extra said...

Jake and Reese share a romantic dinner date on his Birthday:

You can se his hair in these pics!

Anonymous said...

yes his hair is short i guess filming must be done just jared also has pictures of j&r out for his birthday and at the bottom they said his middle name was dylan lol

office of nancy pelosi said...

IHJ has more in HQ's, they are intrusive but he looks so good! Happy and relaxed.

FluorescentLamp said...

Very very VERY early on in their relationship, I remember reading a spotting of them at this same restaurant. It must've been early '07. I wish I could find it again.

UltraViolet said...

Put the new pics in a new post :)