Happy Saturday, Bombazinos. Where I live the days are hitting highs in the low 80s, and the Jasmine is starting to bloom. Alas, foggy morning bring smoggy afternoons, so there is a trade-off.


When is it permissible to lie? What is something you believe in/are into your friends and family think is crazy? What is the first thing you notice about people? If you could go back in time and advise your younger self, what advice would you give? How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

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On This Day

In 37, Caligula became Emperor of Rome after the death of his great uncle, Tiberius.

In 1850, "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was published.

In 1861, Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who has been evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy.

In 1935, Adolf Hitler ordered Germany to rearm herself in violation of the Treaty of Versailles.

In 1968, U.S. troops gunned down hundreds of unarmed civilians in the village of My Lai during the Vietnam War.

In 1988, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter were indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

In 2003, Vice President Dick Cheney predicted on NBC's "Meet the Press" that American troops would be "greeted as liberators" by the Iraqi people.

In 2003, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American, was killed when she was run over by a bulldozer while trying to block Israeli troops from demolishing a Palestinian home in Gaza.

Born on This Day

1473 – Henry IV the Pious, Duke of Saxony (d. 1541)

1687 – Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, Queen consort in Prussia (d. 1757)

1751 – James Madison, American politician, 4th President of the United States (d. 1836)

1771 – Antoine-Jean Gros, French painter (d. 1835)


1789 – Georg Simon Ohm, German physicist (d. 1854)

1822 – Rosa Bonheur, French realist painter and sculptor (d. 1899)


1839 – John Butler Yeats, Northern Irish artist (d. 1922)


1873 - Hippolyte Daeye, Flemish painter (d. 1952)

1897 – Conrad Nagel, American actor (d. 1970)


1902 – Leon Roppolo, American jazz clarinetist (New Orleans Rhythm Kings) (d. 1943)

1905 – Elisabeth Flickenschildt, German actress (d. 1977)

1906 – Henny Youngman, American comedian (d. 1998

1911 – Dr. Josef Mengele, German physician and SS officer (d. 1979)

1912 – Pat Nixon, American First Lady (d. 1993)

1916 – Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (d. 2004)


1920 – Leo McKern, Australian actor (d. 2002)


1926 – Jerry Lewis, American comedian

1927 – Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American senator (d. 2003)

1927 – Ruby Braff, American jazz trumpeter and cornetist (d. 2003)

1936 – Fred Neil, American singer-songwriter (d. 2001)

1942 – Jerry Jeff Walker, American musician

1949 – Erik Estrada, American actor

1949 – Elliott Murphy, American singer-songwriter

1951 – Kate Nelligan, Canadian actress

1953 – Isabelle Huppert, French actress

1961 – Todd McFarlane, Canadian comic book artist, writer and media entrepreneur

1964 – Patty Griffin, American singer and songwriter (Band of Joy)

1967 – Tracy Bonham, American musician

1982 – Brian Wilson, American baseball player

Died on This Day

1485 – Anne Neville, queen of Richard III of England (b. 1456)

1737 – Benjamin Wadsworth, President of Harvard University (b. 1670)

1838 – Nathaniel Bowditch, American mathematician (b. 1773)

1890 – Zorka of Montenegro, Princess of Serbia (b. 1864)


1898 – Aubrey Beardsley, British artist (b. 1872)


1903 – Roy Bean, American jurist

1935 – John James Rickard Macleod, Scottish-born physician and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1876)

1970 – Tammi Terrell, American singer (b. 1946)

1971 – Thomas E. Dewey, American presidential candidate (b. 1902)

1971 - Bebe Daniels, American silent film actress (b. 1901)


1975 – T-Bone Walker, American musician (b. 1910)

1980 – Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)


Today is

National Artichoke Hearts Day
Everything You Do is Right Day
Freedom of Information Day
Lips Appreciation Day
National Quilting Day
International Sports Car Racing Day

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