F for Forward, F for Fromage, F for Frankly my dear I don't give a... whatever.
Welcome to the F Bomb, offshoot of J Town (think of it as the corner bar on the main street traversing J Town). F is for Friendly. Pull up a stool, have a Frosty beverage, and tell us your story. We're all ears.
We begin with the day in History (or Herstory, as it were). H is for Hover, so Hover your mouse over the pictures for hidden messages.
If I missed any events (which I surely did) or any Famous Friends that I Failed to mention, please Fill us in in the comments.
On This Day
In 1936, in California, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic.
In 1969, independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh broke the My Lai Massacre story.
In 1979, in response to the hostage situation in Tehran, President Jimmy Carter ordered a halt to all petroleum imports into the United States from Iran.
In 1997, Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. In a civil trial! In New York! Try explaining that to the wingnuts who insist on military tribunals.
In 2011, Silvio Berlusconi tendered his resignation as Prime Minister of Italy due, in large part, to the European sovereign debt crisis (rather than all those other scandals surrounding him). Interestingly, one part of his austerity plan raised the retirement age for private sector women only from 60 to 65. I wonder why Republicans never thought of that? Gut SS and hurt women, for the win!
Born on This Day
1790 – Letitia Christian Tyler, US First Lady (d. 1842)
1815 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American suffragette (d. 1902)
1840 – Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (d. 1917)
1866 – Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary and politician (d. 1925)
1903 – Jack Oakie, American actor (d. 1978)
1908 – Harry Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1999)
1911 – Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player (d. 1991)
1917 – Jo Stafford, American singer (d. 2008)
1919 – Jackie Washington, Canadian blues musician (d. 2009)
1922 – Kim Hunter, American actress (d. 2002)
1924 – Sam Jones, American jazz bassist and cellist (d. 1981)
1929 – Grace Kelly, American actress and Princely consort of Monaco (d. 1982)
1934 – Charles Manson, American cult leader and convicted murderer
1943 – Wallace Shawn, American actor and playwright
1944 – Booker T. Jones, American musician and songwriter (Booker T and the MG's)
1945 – Neil Young, Canadian singer and guitarist (Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
1947 – Buck Dharma (born Donald Roeser), American vocalist and guitarist (Blue Öyster Cult)
1948 – Errol Brown, English singer (Hot Chocolate)
1962 – Brix Smith, American singer and guitarist (The Fall, The Adult Net)
1968 – Sammy Sosa, Dominican baseball player
1970 – Tonya Harding, American figure skater
1982 – Anne Hathaway, American actress
Died on This Day
1981 – William Holden, American actor (b. 1918)
1984 – Chester Himes, American writer (b. 1909)
1990 – Eve Arden, American actress (b. 1908)
1993 – H. R. Haldeman, American felon and ex-White House Chief of Staff (b. 1926)
2003 – Penny Singleton, American actress (b. 1908)
2008 – Mitch Mitchell, English drummer (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (b. 1947)
Moms and Dads Day
Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
National Pizza With The Works Except Anchovies Day