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Felicitations, my Friends! It's the day before Friday, and I am Figuring out out to Fluff up this intro Field with Fabulosity and Flamboyant Flakiness.

Oh, Ferchrissakes!  Fuggedaboutit.  ;-)

Let's have a few tweets.

And now for today's history "lesson".  Don't forget to hover your mouse over the pics!

On This Day

In 1806, Lieutenant Zebulon Pike spotted a distant mountain peak while near the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It was later named after him.

In 1859, the first modern revival of the Olympic Games was held in Athens, Greece.

In 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman burned the city of Atlanta, and began his March to the Sea.

In 1920, the first assembly of the League of Nations took place in Geneva.

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial. No, not that kind of laid!

Born on This Day

1815 - John Banvard, American panorama and portrait painter (d. 1891)

Autumn Scene

1879 – Lewis Stone, American actor (d. 1953)

Greta Garbo

1887 – Marianne Moore, American poet (d. 1972)

1887 – Georgia O'Keeffe, American painter (d. 1986)

Georgia O’Keeffe's painting

1891 – Averell Harriman, American businessman (d. 1986)

1891 – Erwin Rommel, German field marshal, "The Desert Fox" (d. 1944)

1903 - Tilly Losch, Austrian born actress, dancer, painter, etc. (d. 1975)

Dancer Tilly Losch As The Manchu Marchoness

1905 – Mantovani, Italian-born composer (d. 1980)

1906 – Curtis LeMay, U.S. wingnut Air Force general (d. 1990)

1929 – Ed Asner, American actor

1929 – Joe Hinton, American soul singer (d. 1968)

1930 – J. G. Ballard, British author (d. 2009) (Empire of the Sun, High Rise)

1932 – Petula Clark, English singer

1932 – Clyde McPhatter, American singer (d. 1972)

1937 – Little Willie John, American singer (d. 1968)

1937 – Yaphet Kotto, American actor

1940 – Sam Waterston, American actor

1945 – Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Swedish singer (ABBA)

1947 – Bill Richardson, American politician, 9th United States Secretary of Energy, and 30th Governor of New Mexico

1950 – Graham Parker, English singer-songwriter

Died on This Day

1691 – Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch painter (b. 1620)

Aelbert Cuyp - Landscape with Herdsmen and Cattle, 1655 at Wallraf-Richartz Museum Cologne Germany

1795 – Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo, French painter (b. 1719)

The Camera Obscura

1954 – Lionel Barrymore, American actor who is best remembered today for his performance as Dick Cheney Mr. Potter in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.(b. 1878)

Grand Hotel-Lionel Barrymore-Joan Crawford

1958 – Tyrone Power, American actor (b. 1914)

Tyrone Power & Anne Baxter in The Razor's Edge

1961 – Elsie Ferguson, American actress (b. 1883)

Elsie Ferguson & Conrad Nagle

1976 – Jean Gabin, French actor who starred in my favorite war movie, “Grand Illusion.” Watch it, even if you hate subtitles. You will forget you are reading them. (b. 1904)

Marlene Dietrich & Jean Gabin.

1978 – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (b. 1901)

1981 – Enid Markey, American stage and film actress, who was the first movie “Jane” to Elmo Lincoln’s Tarzan. (b. 1894)


1996 – Alger Hiss, American government official and alleged spy (b. 1904)

1998 – Stokely Carmichael, American civil rights activist (b. 1941)

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America Recycles Day
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I Love to Write Day
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