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Interrogatories

At this writing, I am listening to people on TV talking about various kinds of addiction, which leads to these serious questions.
Have you known many drug addicts? Have you lost friends or loved ones to drugs?
How about alcohol?
Smoking?
I've lost loved ones to all three, I'll bet most of you have as well.

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On This Day

In 1763, France ceded Canada to England under the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War.

In 1840, Britain's Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha.

In 1846, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) began an exodus west from Illinois.

In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower warned against United States intervention in Vietnam.

In 1967, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ratified.

In 1989, Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first African-American to head a major U.S. political party.

In 1998, voters in Maine repealed a gay rights law passed in 1997. The law was reinstated by popular vote in 2012.

Born on This Day

1670 - Norbert van Bloemen, Flemish painter (d. 1746)

1744 – William Cornwallis, English Royal Navy admiral (d.1819)

1755 - Nicolas-Antoine Taunay, French painter (d. 1830)

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1783 – Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (d. 1873)

1785 – Claude-Louis Navier, French physicist (d. 1836)

1791- Francesco Hayez, Italian painter (d. 1881)

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1793 - Léon-Matthieu Cochereau, French painter (d. 1817)

1795 – Ary Scheffer, French painter (d. 1858)

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1848 - Anna Boch, Belgian painter (d. 1936)

1850 - Fyodor Vasilyev, Russian landscape painter who died way too young (d. 1873)

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1878 - Otto Eduard Pippel, German (d. 1960)

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1881 – Pauline Brunius, Swedish stage and film actress, theatre and film director (d. 1954)

1888 - Wilhelm Thöny, Austrian painter (d. 1949)

1890 – Boris Pasternak, Russian writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1960)

1892 – Alan Hale Sr., American actor (d. 1950)

1893 – Jimmy Durante, American actor and comedian (d. 1980)

1897 – Dame Judith Anderson, Australian actress (d. 1992)

1898 – Bertolt Brecht, German author (d. 1956)

1901 – Stella Adler, American actress (d. 1992)

1905 – Chick Webb (William Henry), American drummer and band leader (d. 1939)

1906 – Lon Chaney Jr., American actor (d. 1973)

1906 – Erik Rhodes, American actor (d. 1990)

1927 – Leontyne Price, American soprano

1928 - Jos De Mey, Belgian painter (d. 2007)

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1930 – E. L. Konigsburg, American author and illustrator

1930 – Robert Wagner, American actor (See Tipple Jar)

1937 – Roberta Flack, American singer

1940 – Kenny Rankin, American singer and songwriter (d. 2009)

1944 – Vernor Vinge, American novelist

1949 – Nigel Olsson, English drummer

1961 – George Stephanopoulos, American political noisemaker who I always confuse with Snuffleupagus (though the latter is cuter)

1962 – Cliff Burton, American bass player (Metallica) (d. 1986)

1964 – Glenn Beck, deranged lunatic American author, radio and TV host

1967 – Laura Dern, American actress

1979 – Daryl Palumbo, American musician (Glassjaw, Head Automatica)

1983 – Vic Fuentes, musician, lead singer of Pierce the Veil

Died on This Day

1657 - Sebastian Stosskopf, German painter (b. 1597)

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1660 - Judith Leyster, Dutch painter (b. 1609)

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1667 - Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo, Spanish painter (b. 1612)

1674 - Leonaert Bramer, Dutch painter (b. 1596)

1720 - Hendrik Govaerts, Flemish painter (b. 1669)

1722 – Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (b. 1682) (The Dread Pirate Roberts?)

1755 – Montesquieu, French writer (b. 1689)

1765 - Jean-Baptiste Deshays, French historical painter (b. 1729)

1772 - Louis Tocqué, French portrait painter (b. 1696)

1837 – Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet and novelist (b. 1799)

1861 - Francis Danby, Irish-born English landscape painter  (d. 1793)

1901 - Telemaco Signorini, Italian painter (b. 1835)

1917 - John William Waterhouse, English painter (b. 1849)

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1923 – Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1845)

1927 - Nils Gustav Wentzel, Norwegian painter (b. 1859)

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1932 – Edgar Wallace, English novelist and screenwriter (b. 1875)

1932 - Eugene de Blaas, Italian painter (b. 1843)

1957 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (b. 1867)

1966 – Billy Rose, American composer and band leader (b. 1899)

1986 - Brian Aherne, British actor (b. 1902)

1992 – Alex Haley, American author (b. 1921)

2002 – Dave Van Ronk, American singer and songwriter (b. 1936)

2008 – Roy Scheider, American actor (b. 1932)

Today is

Cream Cheese Brownie Day
Umbrella Day
Plimsoll Day
Clean Out Your Computer Day (2nd Monday of February)

This Week is

Children of Alcoholics Week
Random Acts of Kindness Week
Celebration of Love Week
Jello Week

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