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Interrogatories

Are there any roads/bridges/etc. in your town named after socialist/commie/pinko types, or are more named after wingnuts/despots/1%ers?
Do you blaspheme often? Can you help it? Do you consider it blasphemy? If not, what would you consider blasphemy?
Did you enjoy playing in the mud as a child? Do you enjoy it now? Have you ever had a mud bath?
Have you ever invented your own cocktail? Was it any good? Recipe? What's your favorite real cocktail?

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On This Day

In 1399, Henry IV (parts one and two) became King of England.

In 1882, Thomas Edison opened his first hydroelectric power plant in Appleton, Wisconsin.

In 1935, the Hoover Dam was dedicated.

In 1938, the League of Nations voted to outlaw intentionally bombing civilian populations.

In 1947, the World Series had its television debut, with the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees competing.

In 1962, the National Farm Workers Association, the organization that would become the United Farm Workers, was founded by Cesar Chavez.

In 1972, Pittsburgh Pirates batter Roberto Clemente made his 3000th major league hit.

In 2005, the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, published some drawings of Muhammed, drawing the wrath of Muslims, who forbid any depictions of their prophet.

Born on This Day

1207 – Rumi, Persian mystic and poet (d. 1273)

1227 – Pope Nicholas IV (d. 1292)

1707 - Pietro Antonio Rotari, Italian painter and printmaker (d. 1762)

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1732 – Jacques Necker, Swiss-French politician (d. 1804)

1794 - Carl Joseph Begas, German historical painter (d. 1854)

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1794 - Jan Baptist Lodewyck Maes, Dutch painter (d. 1856)

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1811 – Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (d. 1890)

1832 – Ann Jarvis, American activist, co-created Mother's Day, though she later came to regret it due to commercialization (d. 1905)

1840 - Jehan Georges Vibert, French painter (d. 1902)

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1846 - Carl Schuch, Austrian still life and landscape painter (d. 1903)

1855 - José Benlliure y Gil, Spanish painter (d. 1937)

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1865 - Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, French Art Nouveau painter (d. 1953)

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1870 – Jean Baptiste Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1942)

1882 – Hans Geiger, German physicist (d. 1945)

1887 – Lil Dagover, Dutch-German actress (d. 1980) See Tipple Jar

1895 – Lewis Milestone, Russian-American director (d. 1980)

1898 – Renée Adorée, French actress (d. 1933)

1901 – Thelma Terry, American bandleader and bassist who was driven to give up music due to the intense sexism directed her way. (d. 1966)

1915 – Lester Maddox, American politician, 75th Governor of Georgia (d. 2003)

1917 – Buddy Rich, American drummer, bandleader, and actor (d. 1987)

1921 – Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress (d. 2007)

1924 – Truman Capote, American author (d. 1984)

1931 – Angie Dickinson, American actress

1935 – Z. Z. Hill, American singer (d. 1984)

1940 – Dewey Martin, Canadian drummer (Buffalo Springfield and The Standells) (d. 2009)

1942 – Frankie Lymon, American singer-songwriter (The Teenagers) (d. 1968)

1943 – Marilyn McCoo, American singer and actress (The 5th Dimension)

1947 – Marc Bolan, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and poet (T. Rex and John's Children) (d. 1977)

1947 – Rula Lenska, English actress

1950 – Laura Esquivel, Mexican author (Like Water For Chocolate)

1952 – John Lombardo, singer-songwriter and musician (10,000 Maniacs and John & Mary)

1952 – Jack Wild, English actor and singer (d. 2006)

1953 – Deborah Allen, American singer-songwriter and producer

1960 – Blanche Lincoln, American politician

1963 – David Barbe, American bass player and producer (Sugar)

1964 – Trey Anastasio, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Phish)

1975 – Marion Cotillard, French actress

1980 – Martina Hingis, Swiss tennis player

1985 – T-Pain, American rapper, producer, and actor

2000 – Barney, Bush's dog (d. 2013)

Died on This Day

1572 – Saint Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía, Spanish priest (b. 1510)

1628 – Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, English poet and politician (b. 1554)

1781 - Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, French painter and printmaker (b. 1734)

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1865 - Johann Jakob Frey, Swiss landscape painter (b. 1813)

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1872 - Jakob Alt, German landscape painter (b. 1789)

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1882 - Adolf Heinrich Lier, German landscape painter (b. 1826)

1889 - François-Antoine Bossuet, Belgian painter of cityscapes (b. 1800)

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1897 – Thérèse of Lisieux, French mystic and saint (b. 1873)

1917 - Charles Napier Hemy, British marine painter (b. 1841)

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1941 – Alice de Janzé, American heiress (b. 1899)

1943 – Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist (b. 1864)

1955 – James Dean, American actor (b. 1931)

1985 – Simone Signoret, French actress (b. 1921)

1987 – Alfred Bester, American science fiction author (b. 1913)

2003 – Yusuf Bey, American activist, founded Your Black Muslim Bakery (b. 1935)

2003 – Ronnie Dawson, American singer-songwriter (b. 1939)

2003 – Robert Kardashian, American attorney and businessman who inadvertently spawned a host of reality TV stars (b. 1944)

2012 – Gaarriye, Somalian poet (b. 1949)

Today is

Blasphemy Day
National Hot Mulled Cider Day
National Mud Pack Day

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