Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Friday on my mind. Fried-day. Yes, it's here. I no longer look so forward to the possibilities of a Friday night, but this week I am very much looking forward to the end of this work week. Enough already!


What is the closest you have ever come to fearing for your life? What is the closest you have come to wanting to make someone else fear for their life (at your hands)? What once-favorite thing have you totally lost interest in? What is your favorite season? What is your favorite Spring seasonal food?

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On This Day

In 1630, the Massachusetts Bay Colony outlawed the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables.

In 1638, Anne Hutchinson was kicked out of Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious dissent (I guess they outlawed that, too).

In 1882, Congress outlawed polygamy. (No word on what the Massachusetts Bay Colony thought of it.)

In 1941, the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state began operating.

In 1945, the Arab League was formed in Cairo, Egypt.

In 1962, 19 year old Barbra Streisand made her Broadway debut in "I Can Get it For You Wholesale."

In 1963, the Beatles released their first album, "Please Please Me."

In 1965, Bob Dylan released "Bringing it All Back Home," his first album featuring electric guitar.

In 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment was sent to the states for ratification. It never was ratified by the deadline (which still pisses me off).

In 1990, former Exxon Valdez captain Joseph Hazelwood was convicted of "negligent discharge of oil," but was found innocent on three more serious charges.

In 2010, Google announced it would stop censoring search results on its site in China by shifting it from the mainland to Hong Kong.

Born on This Day

1212 – Emperor Go-Horikawa of Japan (d. 1235)

1459 – Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1519)

1599 – Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter (d. 1641)

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1609 – King John II Casimir of Poland (d. 1672)

1728 – Anton Raphael Mengs, German painter (d. 1779)

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1759 – Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden and Norway (d. 1818)

1812 – Stephen Pearl Andrews, American abolitionist (d. 1886)

1837 – Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione, Italian aristocrat and early photography figure (d. 1899)

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1844 - Efim Volkov, Russian landscape painter (d. 1920)

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1846 – Randolph Caldecott, British artist and illustrator (d. 1886)

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1875 - Richard E. Miller, American impressionist painter (d. 1943)

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1884 – Arthur Vandenberg, United States Senator from Michigan (d. 1951)

1884 - Lyda Borelli, Italian silent film star (d. 1959) forgive me

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1887 – Chico Marx, American comedian and actor (d. 1961)

1896 – Joseph Schildkraut, Austrian-born American actor (d. 1964)

1899 – Ruth Page, American ballet dancer and choreographer (d. 1991)

1901 – Greta Kempton, American artist (d. 1991)

1902 – Madeleine Milhaud, French actress (d. 2008)

1908 – Louis L'Amour, American author (d. 1988)

1912 – Karl Malden, American actor (d. 2009)

1917 – Virginia Grey, American actress (d. 2004)

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1919 – Bernard Krigstein, American illustrator and gallery artist (d. 1990)

1923 – Marcel Marceau, French mime artist (d. 2007)

1930 – Pat Robertson, American media mogul and religious televangelist, fond of blaming destructive weather events on teh ghey.

1930 – Stephen Sondheim, American composer and lyricist

1931 – William Shatner, Canadian actor

1933 – May Britt, Swedish actress

1934 – Orrin Hatch, wingnut Senator (R, Utah)

1937 – Angelo Badalamenti, American composer

1941 – Jeremy Clyde, British actor and musician (Chad and Jeremy)

1943 – George Benson, American musician

1943 – Keith Relf, English musician (The Yardbirds, Renaissance, and Armaggedon) (d. 1976)

1948 – Wolf Blitzer, American stenographer

1948 – Andrew Lloyd Webber, English composer

1949 – Fanny Ardant, French actress

1952 – Bob Costas, American sports commentator

1952 – Jay Dee Daugherty, American drummer and songwriter (The Church, the Mumps, Patti Smith Group)

1955 – Pete Sessions, corrupt American congressman (R, TX)

1957 – Stephanie Mills, American actress and singer

1958 – Pete Wylie, British singer-songwriter (Crucial Three and The Spitfire Boys)

1959 – Matthew Modine, American actor

1976 – Reese Witherspoon, American actress and film producer

1977 – John Otto, American musician (Limp Bizkit)

Died on This Day

1602 – Agostino Carracci, Italian artist (b. 1557)

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1762  - Maximilien Joseph Schinagl, German painter (b.1697)

1758 – Jonathan Edwards, American minister (b. 1703)

1878 - George Clarkson Stanfield, British painter (b. 1828)

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1832 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer (b. 1749)

1923 - Benjamin Williams Leader, English painter (b. 1841)

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1934 – Theophilos Hatzimihail, Greek painter (b. 1870)

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1958 – Mike Todd, American film producer (b. 1909)

1978 – Karl Wallenda, German acrobat (b. 1905)

1986 – Olive Deering, American actress (b. 1918)

1991 – Dave Guard, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1934)

1991 – Gloria Holden, American actress (b. 1908)

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1994 – Dan Hartman, American singer, songwriter, and record producer (b. 1950)

1996 – Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles) (b. 1945)

1996 – Robert F. Overmyer, American test pilot and astronaut (b. 1936)

1996 – Billy Williamson, American musician (Bill Haley & His Comets) (b. 1925)

2004 – Ahmed Yassin, Palestinian co-founder of Hamas (b. c. 1937)

Today is

Emancipation Day (Puerto Rico)
World Day for Water
Coq au Vin Day
National Goof-off Day
As Young as You Feel Day
Education and Sharing Day
International Day of the Seal

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