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Good morning, Bombadillos! It's Tuesday, which is partway to Wednesday, which is halfway through the week, which means it could be a very, very long day, since it is still only Tuesday. Sorry, I almost got optimistic there and had to correct myself.

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Now, time for your history lesson.

On This Day

In 1674, Father Jacques Marquette founded a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan to minister to the Illiniwek (the mission would later grow into the city of Chicago).

In 1791, the first edition of The Observer, the world's first Sunday newspaper, was published.

In 1829, despite fierce local opposition, British governor Lord William Bentinck issued a regulation declaring that all who abet suttee in India were guilty of culpable homicide. Though I often disapprove of cultural interference, in this case I agree. ::: shudders :::

In 1872, the  American ship Mary Celeste was found by the British brig Dei Gratia with nobody aboard. It had been abandoned for nine days but was only slightly damaged. The cargo was untouched and all of the crew’s personal belongings were still on board. The crew was never seen or heard from again. ::: cue Twilight Zone theme :::

In 1881, the first edition of the Los Angeles Times was published. We may actually get to see the last issue, considering how poorly print papers are doing these days.

In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson became the first US president to travel to Europe while in office when he attended the World War I peace talks in Versailles.

In 1943,  President Franklin D. Roosevelt shut down the Works Progress Administration due to the high levels of wartime employment. I think it needs to be started up again.

In 1956, the Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) got together at Sun Studios for the first and last time in history.

In 1969, Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were shot to death in their sleep during a raid by Chicago police.

In 1971, the Montreux Casino in Switzerland was accidentally set on fire by someone wielding a flare gun during a Frank Zappa concert; the incident would be immortalized in the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water".

Born on This Day

1777 – Juliette Récamier, French socialite (d. 1849)

Eulalie Morin - Portrait of Madame Recamier at National Museum of Women in the Arts Washington DC

1861 – Lillian Russell, American singer and actress (d. 1922)

Cabinet photo of Lillian Russell

1875 – Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian poet (d. 1926)

1883 - Felice Casorati, Italian painter (d. 1963)

Felice Casorati, Le signorine, 1912

1903 – Cornell Woolrich, American writer (d. 1968)

1914 – Rudolf Hausner, Austrian artist (d. 1995)


1915 – Eddie Heywood, American jazz pianist (d. 1989)

1917 – Movita Castaneda, American actress. She played Gable’s love interest in the 1935 version of Mutiny on the Bounty, and later married Marlon Brando, who played the same role in the 1962 version. Then Marlon dumped her for the woman who played the same part in his version.


1921 – Deanna Durbin, Canadian actress

Deanna Durbin

1930 – Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist

1933 – Horst Buchholz, German-born actor (d. 2003)


1940 – Gary Gilmore, American murderer (d. 1977)

1944 – Dennis Wilson, American musician  (the Beach Boys) (d. 1983)

1948 – Southside Johnny, American singer

1964 – Marisa Tomei, American actress

1969 – Jay-Z, American rapper

1973 – Kate Rusby, English folk singer

Died on This Day

1123 – Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher (b. 1048)

1642 – Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Richelieu, French statesman (b. 1585)

1926 – Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian-born painter (b. 1861)


1956 – Alexandr Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer (b. 1891)


1967 – Bert Lahr, American actor (b. 1895)

1976 – Tommy Bolin, American guitarist (b. 1951)

1993 – Frank Zappa, American musician and composer (b. 1940)

1999 – Rose Bird, American judge who was constantly demonized by the Right. (b. 1936)

2009 – Liam Clancy, Irish singer (b. 1935)


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