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On This Day

In 1775, the United States Marine Corps is said to have been founded at Philadelphia’s Tun Tavern by innkeeper Samuel Nicholas, who had been commissioned by the First Continental Congress to raise two battalions of Marines in Philadelphia.  Recruiting at taverns… now there’s an idea!

In 1951, direct-dial coast-to-coast telephone service started in the United States. So this explains why all the people in old movies always have to get an operator first and those funny looking old phones don’t have dials on them? Speaking of dials, who remembers them?

In 1958, the Hope Diamond was donated to the Smithsonian Institution by famed jeweler Harry Winston, who probably just wanted to unload its purported bad luck upon the people of the United States. Gee, thanks, Harry!

In 1969, National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service) debuted the children's television program Sesame Street. Congratulations, Big Bird, you outlasted Mitt Romney!

Born on This Day

1483 – Martin Luther, German Protestant reformer (d. 1546)

1566 – Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, English politician (d. 1601)

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, son of Lettice Knollys, great-grandson of Mary Boleyn

1697 – William Hogarth, English artist (d. 1764) who did both realistic paintings and satirical political drawings. Later drawings by others in a similar style were said to be “Hogarthian.”

Hogarth, William (1697-1764) - 1758c. The Bench

1810 – George Jennings, English sanitary engineer who invented the first public flush toilets. (d. 1882)

1871 – Winston Churchill, an American novelist who wrote many best-sellers at the turn of the 19th/20th century, and was much more famous than the other man bearing the same name for quite some time (they knew each other, but were apparently not related). (d. 1947)

1889 – Claude Rains, English actor (d. 1967) who played both good guys and bad guys with equal skill.

Claude Rains

1896 – Olga Grey, Hungarian-born American silent film actress (d. 1973) who later became an accomplished attorney under her real name, Anna Zacsek. She was one of the defense attorneys in the Sleepy Lagoon Trial (post Zoot Suit Riot), another famous trial of the 20th Century.


1907 – Jane Froman, American actor and singer and former Ziegfeld girl. (d. 1980) She was in a plane crash while on a USO tour in 1943, suffering severe injuries to both legs that nearly required amputation.  She had 39 surgeries afterward, but went back to entertaining the troops in 1945.  She was played by Susan Hayward in the film, “With a Song in My Heart.”


1920 – Jennifer Holt, American actress (d. 1997)


1924 – Russell Johnson, American actor (Gilligan's Island)


1925 – Richard Burton, Welsh actor (d. 1984)

Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton

1939 – Russell Means, Native American activist (d. 2012)

1944 – Sir Tim Rice, English lyricist

1947 – Greg Lake, British musician (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)

1948 – Aaron Brown, American broadcast journalist who was last seen on CNN during Katrina

1960 – Neil Gaiman, English writer (not embeddable, but here he contemplates what is obviously a binder full of women:

Died on This Day

1891 – Arthur Rimbaud, French poet, (b. 1854)


1971 – Walter Van Tilburg Clark, American author (b. 1909)

1981 – Abel Gance, French film director, producer, and actor (b. 1889)

1982 – Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (b. 1906)

1994 – Carmen McRae, American singer (b. 1920)

2001 – Ken Kesey, American author (b. 1935)

2006 – Jack Palance, American actor (b. 1919)

named film still 15

2007 – Laraine Day, American actress (b. 1920)

laraine day 1943

2007 – Norman Mailer, American author (b. 1923)

2008 – Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1932)

Today is

Lung Cancer Awareness Day
National Forget-Me-Not Day
National Vanilla Cupcake Day
International Accounting Day

Originally posted to Floja Roja on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:00 AM PST.

Also republished by J Town.


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