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Friday, friday, gotta get down on Friday… oops, sorry. I've got Friday on My Mind. The Bowie version, this time.

Questions: Gee/mgeorges suggested asking a variety of yesterday's first question regarding traits inherited from parental units. This one is, which traits did you NOT inherit - one that you are glad you didn't inherit and one that you wish you had inherited?  Were you someone famous in a past life? If yes, who, and if not, make up a good one. Where are you on the scale between fastidious and sloppy? What is your favorite bird to watch? What epitaph would you like on your headstone?

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On This Day

In 1693, A charter was granted for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

In 1865, Delaware voters rejected the Thirteenth Amendment, and voted to continue the practice of slavery. (They finally ratified the amendment on February 12, 1901.)

In 1915, D.W. Griffith's groundbreaking but racist Civil War epic, "The Birth of a Nation," premiered in Los Angeles.

In 1922, President Warren G. Harding had the first radio installed in the White House.

In 1924, the first execution by gas chamber in the U. S. was performed at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City.

In 1960, the first star plaques were installed in the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame.

In 1968, outside the only bowling alley in Orangeburg, SC, police fired into a crowd of black students who were there protesting segregation. 3 were killed and 28 injured.

In 1971, the world’s first electronic stock exchange, NASDAQ, held its first day of trading.

Born on This Day

1677 – Jacques Cassini, French astronomer (d. 1756)

1700 – Daniel Bernoulli, Dutch-born mathematician (d. 1782)

1820 – William Tecumseh Sherman, American Union general (d. 1891)

1822 – Maxime Du Camp, French journalist and amateur photographer (d. 1894)

1828 – Jules Verne, French author (d. 1905)

1850 – Kate Chopin, American author (d. 1904)

1880 – Franz Marc, German painter (d. 1916)


1886 – Charles Ruggles, American actor (d. 1970)


1888 – Dame Edith Evans, British actress (d. 1976)

Go away! We don’t want any. Unless you’re selling Girl Scout Cookies…?

1894 – King Vidor, American film director (d. 1982)

1903 – Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress (d. 1977)

1913 – Betty Field, American actress (d. 1973)


1921 – Lana Turner, American actress (d. 1995)

This clever little notebook computer comes with a mirror app and a built-in vanity case in silver or gold.

1922 – Audrey Meadows, American actress (d. 1996)

1925 – Jack Lemmon, American actor and film director (d. 2001)

1926 – Neal Cassady, American writer (d. 1968)

1931 – James Dean, American actor (d. 1955)

God made a farmer. He did not intend for him to have an unnatural relationship with his horse.

1940 – Ted Koppel, American journalist

1941 – Nick Nolte, American actor

1941 – Tom Rush, American singer and songwriter

1943 – Creed Bratton, American actor and musician (The Grass Roots)

1953 – Mary Steenburgen, American actress

1955 – John Grisham, American writer

1956 – Dave Meros, American bassist (Spock's Beard)

1974 – Seth Green, American actor

1985 – Jeremy Davis, American bassist (Paramore)

Died on This Day

1587 – Mary, Queen of Scots (b. 1542)

1666 - Adriaen Bloemaert, Dutch painter (b. 1609)


1749 – Jan van Huysum, Dutch painter (b. 1682)


1772 – Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales (b. 1719)


1888 - Josephus Laurentius Dyckmans, Dutch painter (aka Joseph Laurent or Jozef) (b. 1811)


1935 - Max Liebermann, German painter (b. 1847)


1947 - Harold John Brothers, painter (b. 1888)


1987 – Harriet E. MacGibbon, American actress (b. 1905)

1988 – Daisy Turner, American storyteller, centenarian, and daughter of ex-slave (b. 1883)

1990 – Del Shannon, American singer-songwriter (b. 1934)

1992 – Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist (b. 1924)

1998 – Enoch Powell, British politician (b. 1912)

1999 – Iris Murdoch, Irish author (b. 1919)

2005 – Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician (b. 1925)

2005 – Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers) (b. 1948)

2006 – Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)

2007 – Anna Nicole Smith, American model, actress, and entertainer (b. 1967)

2010 – John Murtha, American politician (b. 1932)

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