Good morning, Effers! Yesterday was pretty cool, no? I rather enjoyed it.
Let me try to focus my nosiness on yesterday's festivities: Is Obama a good dancer? What was your favorite part of his speech? Are you prepared for the inevitable backlash against Michelle for rolling her eyes at Boehner? How many pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes do YOU own? What was the best musical interlude of the day? Does crab with clam chowder sauce sound edible to you?
Twitter is Troublesome Tonight, but I will Try:
POTUS totally has his hand on FLOTUS’ derriere. And I heartily endorse this.— WeeLaura (@WeeLaura) January 22, 2013
Fox apparently possesses a secret RULES FOR INAUGURAL SPEECHES they would have shared if OBAMA HAD ASKED.— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) January 21, 2013
The only thing the modern GOP has in common w/ MLK is that right-wing white guys made the Civil Rights movement necessary.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) January 21, 2013
I am so interested in what Charles Krauthammer has to say about PBO's speech, also what the Kardashians think about molecular biology.— rootless (@root_e) January 21, 2013
Paul Ryan, leaderless and helpless as a days-old puppy, is caged and carted off back over the Potomac on the roof of Biden's Trans-Am.— kara vallow (@teenagesleuth) January 21, 2013
Some white people honestly think having any sort of pride or attachment to your race is a "division" rather than a description. It's telling— Trinidad D'Jango (@rodimusprime) January 22, 2013
Time for the history lesson below the fold:
About 80 percent of my life is spent keeping people who have known me in real life away from people who only know me from the Internet.— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) January 21, 2013
On This Day
In 1890, the United Mine Workers of America was founded.
In 1905, Russian troops opened fired on marching workers in St. Petersburg, killing more than 100 in what became known as "Bloody Sunday."
In 1968, "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premiered on NBC.
In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its Roe vs. Wade decision, which legalized abortion.
In 1984, the Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, was introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous "1984" television commercial.
In 1997, the Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation's first female secretary of state.
In 1998, Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, Calif., to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
In 2008, Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive "dirty bomb," was sentenced by a U.S. federal judge in Miami to more than 17 years in prison on terrorism conspiracy charges.
Born on This Day
1690 – Nicolas Lancret, French painter (d. 1743)
1788 – George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (Lord Byron), English poet (d. 1824)
1820 – Joseph Wolf, German artist (d. 1899)
1849 – August Strindberg, Swedish writer (d. 1912)
1875 – D. W. Griffith, American film director (d. 1948)
1878 - Constance Collier, English actress (d. 1955)
1879 – Francis Picabia, French-born painter and poet (d. 1953)
1890 – Fred M. Vinson, 13th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1953)
1891 - Moise Kisling, Polish painter (d. 1953)
1893 – Conrad Veidt, German actor (d. 1943)
1904 – George Balanchine, Russian choreographer (d. 1983)
1906 – Robert E. Howard, American author (Conan the Barbarian) (d. 1936)
1906 - Willa Brown, African-American aviator (d. 1992)
1907 – Douglas Corrigan, American pilot (d. 1995)
1909 – Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican diplomat and international playboy (d. 1965)
1909 – Ann Sothern, American actress (d. 2001)
1909 – U Thant, Burmese diplomat and 3rd United Nations Secretary General (d. 1974)
1917 - Albert "Pud" Brown, jazz reed player (d. 1996)
1931 – Sam Cooke, American singer (The Soul Stirrers) (d. 1964)
1932 – Piper Laurie, American actress
1934 – Bill Bixby, American actor (d. 1993)
1934 – Graham Kerr, British-born chef
1935 – Seymour Cassel, American actor
1939 – Jeff Smith, American chef, The Frugal Gourmet (d. 2004)
1940 – John Hurt, English actor
1946 – Malcolm McLaren, British music manager (d. 2010)
1949 – Phil Miller, English guitarist (National Health, In Cahoots, Matching Mole)
1949 – Steve Perry, dreadful American singer and musician (Journey) (DON'T YOU DARE!) ;-P
1953 – Jim Jarmusch, American director
1959 – Linda Blair, American actress
1960 – Michael Hutchence, Australian singer (INXS and Max Q) (d. 1997)
1965 – Steven Adler, American drummer (Guns N' Roses)
1965 – DJ Jazzy Jeff, American rapper and actor
1965 – Diane Lane, American actress
1975 – Balthazar Getty, American actor
1981 – Ben Moody, American guitarist (Evanescence and We Are the Fallen)
Died on This Day
1892 – Joseph Philo Bradley, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1813)
1901 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (b. 1819)
1930 – Stephen Mather, American entrepreneur and conservationist (b. 1867)
1931 – Alma Rubens, American actress (b. 1897)
1950 – Alan Hale, Sr., American actor (b. 1892)
1950 – Corinne Luchaire, French actress (b. 1921)
1966 – Herbert Marshall, English actor (b. 1890)
1967 - Jobyna Ralston, American actress (b. 1899)
1971 – Harry Frank Guggenheim, American businessman and publisher, co-founded Newsday (b. 1890)
1973 – Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States (b. 1908)
1994 – Telly Savalas, American actor (b. 1924)
1995 – Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, matriarch of the Kennedy family (b. 1890)
2000 – Craig Claiborne, American writer and editor (b. 1920)
2003 – Bill Mauldin, American World War II cartoonist (b. 1921)
2004 – Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (b. 1923)
2005 – Rose Mary Woods, American Watergate scandal figure who had her 18 minutes of fame (b. 1917)
2008 – Heath Ledger, Australian actor (b. 1979
2010 – Jean Simmons, English-American actress (b. 1929)
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