Good morning, effers! Thursday has arrived. Thursday, the day before Friday, the best night of the week to go out (always more interesting people around on Thursdays). Sweet Thursday.
There are now 364 shopping days until my birthday.
Please come inside, look at all the artwork and listen to the music.
It was either a slow day on Twitter or I was slow catching anything:
"We gerrymandered districts to control the House and if that doesn't mean Americans don't want the rich to pay taxes I don't know what does"— kara vallow (@teenagesleuth) December 5, 2012
Freedomworks needs to bust this Dick Armey union & steal its pension.— David Waldman (@KagroX) December 5, 2012
I don't get this FW thing at all. If you have to pay Dick Armey $8 million to go away, why not fold the org and start a new one without him?— Josh Barro (@jbarro) December 5, 2012
Now, on to the lesson! Class? Class? WAKE UP!!!!
On This Day
In 1768, the first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica was published.
In 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, banning slavery, was ratified.
In 1877, the first edition of the Washington Post was published.
In 1884, the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. was completed.
In 1933, U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey ruled that the James Joyce's novel Ulysses was not obscene.
In 1953, Vladimir Nabokov completed his controversial novel Lolita.
In 1969, Meredith Hunter was killed by the Hells Angels during a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway in California. This was documented in the Maysles Brothers documentary, Gimme Shelter. From Woodstock to Altamont in less than four months.
Born on This Day
1812 - Louis-Nicolas Cabat, French landscape painter (d. 1893)
1841 – Frédéric Bazille, French painter (d. 1870)
1872 – William S. Hart, American actor (d. 1946)
1887 – Lynn Fontanne, British-American actress (d. 1983)
1890 – Rudolf Schlichter, German artist and writer (d. 1955)
1896 – Ira Gershwin, American lyricist (d. 1983)
1898 – Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-born American photojournalist (d. 1995)
1900 – Agnes Moorehead, American actress (d. 1974)
1913 – Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (d. 2004)
1920 – Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (d. yesterday, RIP) (h/t to jim in IA for suggesting this video)
1924 – Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973)
1949 – Linda Creed, American songwriter (d. 1986)
1952 – Craig Newmark, American internet entrepreneur (he’s making a list, he’s checking it twice..)
1955 – Rick Buckler, British drummer (The Jam)
1955 – Steven Wright, American comedian
1956 – Peter Buck, American guitarist (R.E.M.)
1958 – Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator
1961 – David Lovering, American drummer (Pixies)
1962 – Janine Turner, American actress turned deranged wingnut
1971 – Ryan White, American AIDS victim (d. 1990)
1982 – Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist
Died on This Day
1562 – Jan van Scorel Dutch painter and architect (b. 1495)
1779 – Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter (b. 1699)
1855 – William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist (b. 1789)
1878 – Theodoros Vryzakis, Greek artist (b. 1814)
1882 – Anthony Trollope, British author (b. 1815)
1889 – Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (b. 1808)
1949 – Leadbelly, American musician (b. 1888)
1951 – Harold Ross, American magazine editor (b. 1892)
1955 – Honus Wagner, American baseball player (b. 1874)
1964 – Consuelo Vanderbilt, American socialite (b. 1877)
1988 – Roy Orbison, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter (b. 1936)
1989 – John Payne, American actor (b. 1912)
1993 – Don Ameche, American actor (b. 1908)
National Gazpacho Day
National Microwave Oven Day
St. Nicholas Day
Put On Your Own Shoes Day
Mitten Tree Day (I hope that’s not Mitt Romney in a pear tree)