Good morning Bombinos!  I trust you survived your Monday OK. Come in, sit down, kick off your shoes, pour a cup of coffee, and gather 'round.  Hey, what are you looking at me for? Please, converse among yourselves!

Maybe some Tweets will help get the conversational ball rolling:

Now, are you ready for a little history?

On This Day

In 1816, Indiana became the 19th U.S. state.

In 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States after the Americans' declared of war on Japan in the wake of Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declared war right back on Germany and Italy.

In 1972, Apollo 17 was the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon.

In 2008, Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

Born on This Day

1781 – Sir David Brewster, Scottish physicist and inventor of the kaleidoscope. (d. 1868)

1803 – Hector Berlioz, French composer (d. 1869)

1830 – Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king (d. 1872)

1838 – John Labatt, Irish-Canadian brewer (d. 1915)

1872 – René Bull, Irish illustrator (d. 1942)


1905 – Gilbert Roland, American actor (d. 1994)


1911 – Val Guest, English film director (d. 2006)

1912 – Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer (d. 2007)

1913 – Jean Marais, French actor (d. 1998)

Jean Marais

1918 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and Soviet dissident, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)

1919 – Marie Windsor, American actress (d. 2000)


1922 – Grace Paley, American writer and activist (d. 2007)

1922 – Maila Nurmi, Finnish-American actress (d. 2008)


1926 – Big Mama Thornton, American singer (d. 1984)

1927 - Dovima, fashion model (d. 1990)

Dovima & Audrey Hepburn

1931 – Rita Moreno, Puerto Rican actress

20th Century-Fox press photo of fiery Rita Moreno as Hetty in

1932 – Anne Heywood, English actress


1938 – McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist

1939 – Tom Hayden, American politician and activist

1941 – Max Baucus, American politician, senior senator of Montana

1943 – John Kerry, American politician

1944 – Brenda Lee, American singer

1954 – Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5)

1961 – Dave King, Irish singer (Flogging Molly)

1964 – Justin Currie, Scottish singer and songwriter (Del Amitri)

1973 – Mos Def, American rapper who has grown into a fine actor as well

Died on This Day

1957 – Musidora (Jeanne Roques), French actress (b. 1889)

Musidora PJs1

1964 – Sam Cooke, American singer (b. 1931) (The was a Twitter argument this weekend about whose version of this song is better, Sam or Otis. It seems Sam was the winner.)

1975 – Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (b. 1908)

1989 – Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer (b. 1895)

Today is

National Noodle Ring Day (I believe these are those spaghetti-O things)
International Mountain Day
National Tango Day (Buenos Aires)


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