This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.


  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:


In what ways do you consider yourself to be creative?
What is your favorite dance/type of dancing?
Are you more of a participator or observer?
What do you think is the single most important/contributory factor in the dumbing down of America?

The Twitter Emitter


You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

On This Day

In 1861,  Maryland's House of Delegates voted not to secede from the Union.

In 1910, The UK Parliament passed the People's Budget, the first budget in British history with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth among the British public fighting poverty.

In 1916, the Easter uprising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.

In 1945, the Dachau concentration camp was liberated by US. Army troops.

In 1981, British truck driver Peter Sutcliffe admitted in a London court to being the "Yorkshire Ripper," the killer of 13 women in northern England over five years.

In 1992, riots broke out in Los Angeles after a Simi Valley jury acquitted four LAPD officers of nearly all charges in the beating of Rodney King. 53 people were killed, more than 2000 were injured, and there was more than $1 billion in damage.

Born on This Day

1675 - Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini, Italian painter (d. 1741)

 photo GiovanniAntonioPellegrini.jpg

1683 - Antoine Pesne, French painter (d. 1757)

 photo AntoinePesne.jpg

1727 – Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer, founder of modern ballet (d. 1810)

 photo Jean-GeorgesNoverre.jpg

1745 – Oliver Ellsworth, American lawyer and politician, 3rd Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1807)

1769 – Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Anglo-Irish statesman (d. 1852)

1783 - David Cox, English landscape painter (d. 1859)

 photo DavidCox.jpg

1818 – Alexander II of Russia (d. 1881)

1848 – Raja Ravi Varma, Indian painter (d.1906)

 photo RajaRaviVarma.jpg

1848 - Theodore Blake Wirgman, English painter (d. 1925)

1863 – William Randolph Hearst, American publisher (d. 1951)

1868 – Alice Keppel, English socialite and mistress of King Edward VII (d. 1947)

 photo AliceKeppel.jpg

1872 – Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman, lawyer and horse-breeder (d. 1930)

1876 – Zauditu of Ethiopia (d. 1930)

1896 - Natalie Talmadge, silent film actress and Mrs. Buster Keaton (d. 1969)

1899 – Duke Ellington, American composer, pianist, and bandleader (d. 1974)

1901 – Hirohito, Japanese emperor (d. 1989)

1905 - Ogden Minton Pleissner, American landscape painter (d. 1983)

1909 – Tom Ewell, American actor (d. 1994)

1922 – Toots Thielemans, Belgian jazz musician

1928 – Carl Gardner, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2011)

1929 – Ray Barretto, American jazz musician (d. 2006)

1931 – Lonnie Donegan, English singer-songwriter and musician (d. 2002)

1933 – Rod McKuen, American poet and composer

1936 – Zubin Mehta, Indian conductor

1937 – Hasil Adkins, American singer-songwriter and musician (d. 2005)

1938 – Bernard Madoff, American felon

1938 – Klaus Voormann, German artist, musician, and producer (Manfred Mann and Plastic Ono Band)

1945 – Tammi Terrell, American singer (d. 1970)

1947 – Tommy James, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Tommy James and the Shondells)

1948 – Michael Karoli, German musician and composer (Can) (d. 2001)

1950 – Debbie Stabenow, American politician

1954 – Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian

1957 – Daniel Day-Lewis, English-Irish actor

1958 – Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress

1958 – Eve Plumb, American actress

1970 – China Forbes, American singer-songwriter (Pink Martini)

1970 – Uma Thurman, American actress

Died on This Day

1380 – Catherine of Siena, Italian saint (b. 1347)

1655 - Cornelis Schut I, Flemish painter (b. 1597)

 photo CornelisSchut.jpg

1657 - Jacques de Stella, French painter (b. 1596)

 photo JacquesdeStella.jpg

1698 – Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1655)

1776 – Edward Wortley Montagu, English traveler and writer (b. 1713)

1777 - Antonio Joli, Italian painter (b. 1700)

 photo AntonioJoli.jpg

1793 – John Michell, English scientist (b. 1724)

1906 - André Plumot,  Belgian painter (b. 1829)

 photo AndreacutePlumot.jpg

1935 – Leroy Carr, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1905)

1937 – William Gillette, American actor (b. 1853)

1953 - Moïse Kisling, Polish painter (b. 1891)

 photo MoiumlseKisling.jpg

1961 – Cisco Houston, American singer-songwriter and musician (b. 1918)

1964 - Albert Saverys, Flemish landscape painter (b. 1886)

 photo AlbertSaverys.jpg

1967 – J. B. Lenoir, American singer-songwriter and musician (b. 1929)

1980 – Alfred Hitchcock, English director (b. 1899)

1992 – Mae Clarke, American actress (b. 1910)

1993 – Mick Ronson, English musician, songwriter, and producer (The Spiders from Mars and Mott the Hoople) (b. 1946)

1997 – Mike Royko, American columnist (b. 1932)

2006 – John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American economist (b. 1908)

Today is

National Shrimp Scampi Day
International Dance Day
Zipper Day
Peace Rose Day

Extended (Optional)

Your Email has been sent.