When you shake hands with someone, do you do the firm grip or just a weak clasp?
Do you use the phone while using the bathroom? Does it bother you when other people in public bathrooms do?
For that matter, do you feel comfortable having very private conversations in public on your phone? Do you enjoy listening to the very private conversations of strangers in public? Have you noticed that people talk louder on their phones than they do in in-person conversations?

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On This Day

In 1844, Mormon founder Joseph Smith and his brother were killed by a mob outside of a jail in Carthage, IL.

In 1898, Joshua Slocum completed his solo circumnavigation (by boat) of the world, the first man to do so (unless someone else did it first and forgot to write it down).

In 1950, President Truman decided to send U.S. troops to join the conflict in the Korean War.

In 1985, Route 66 was officially decertified as a US Highway.

In 2007, Tony Blair resigned as UK Prime Minister and was succeeded by Gordon Brown.

Born on This Day

1462 – Louis XII of France (d. 1515)

1550 – Charles IX of France (d. 1574)

1667 - Ignace-Jacques Parrocel, French painter (d. 1722)

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1846 – Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish politician, founder of the Irish Parliamentary Party (d. 1891)

1869 – Emma Goldman, Lithuanian-American activist and writer (d. 1940)

1875 - Charles Hoffbauer, French painter (d. 1957)

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1880 – Helen Keller, American activist and author (d. 1968) This is a repeat (tasteless) hover, in case you missed it the first time.

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1880 - Henri Montassier, French painter (d. 1946)

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1892 – Paul Colin, French poster artist (d. 1985)

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1915 – Grace Lee Boggs, American activist and author

1921 – Muriel Pavlow, British actress

1927 - Tibor Csernus, Hungarian painter

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1930 – Ross Perot, Ferengi businessman and politician

1932 – Magali Noël, French actress

1938 – Shirley Anne Field, British actress

1945 – Joey Covington, American drummer (Hot Tuna – Jefferson Airplane) (d. 2013)

1948 – Camile Baudoin, American guitarist (The Radiators)

1949 – Vera Wang, American figure skater and fashion designer

1955 – Isabelle Adjani, French actress

1956 – Ted Haggard, American pastor

1958 – Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Gun Club) (d. 1996)

1966 – J. J. Abrams, American director, writer, and producer

1968 – Kelly Ayotte, American obstructionist politician

Died on This Day

1574 – Giorgio Vasari, Italian painter, architect, and writer (b. 1511)

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1641 - Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt, Dutch painter (b. 1567)

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1758 - Michelangelo Unterberger, Austrian painter (b. 1695)

1794 – Philippe de Noailles, French nobleman (b. 1715)

1825 – Domenico Vantini, Italian painter (b. 1765)

1839 – Ranjit Singh, 1st Maharaja of the Sikh Empire (b. 1780)

1910 - Edouard Alexandre Sain, French artist (b. 1830)

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1927 - Thomas Jacques Somerscales, British painter (b. 1842)

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1996 – Albert R. Broccoli, American film producer (b. 1909)

2001 – Jack Lemmon, American actor (b. 1925)

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2002 – John Entwistle, English singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (The Who) (b. 1944)

2005 – Shelby Foote, American author and historian (b. 1917)

2005 – Domino Harvey, English bounty hunter (b. 1969)

2009 – Fayette Pinkney, American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)

2009 – Gale Storm, American actress and singer (b. 1922)

Today is

National HIV Testing Day
Industrial Workers of The World Day
National Handshake Day
Sunglasses Day
National Orange Blossom Day (the drink, not the flower)
National Indian Pudding Day (the first of two)

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