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Good morning, effers!  Thursday has arrived. Thursday, the day before Friday, the best night of the week to go out (always more interesting people around on Thursdays). Sweet Thursday.

There are now 364 shopping days until my birthday.

Please come inside, look at all the artwork and listen to the music.

It was either a slow day on Twitter or I was slow catching anything:

Maybe we need the Zombie Apocalypse to get rid of guys like these (except they like brains)

Architectural remains of Worlds Fairs

The late Mr. Brubeck had great taste in houses

That London smog is still killing us

Now, on to the lesson!  Class?  Class? WAKE UP!!!!

On This Day

In 1768, the first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica was published.

In 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, banning slavery, was ratified.

In 1877, the first edition of the Washington Post was published.

In 1884, the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. was completed.

In 1933, U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey ruled that the James Joyce's novel Ulysses was not obscene.

In 1953, Vladimir Nabokov completed his controversial novel Lolita.

In 1969, Meredith Hunter was killed by the Hells Angels during a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway in California.  This was documented in the Maysles Brothers documentary, Gimme Shelter. From Woodstock to Altamont in less than four months.

Born on This Day

1812 - Louis-Nicolas Cabat, French landscape painter (d. 1893)


1841 – Frédéric Bazille, French painter (d. 1870)

Bazille, Frederic (1841-1870) - 1870 The Banks of the Lez (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA)

1872 – William S. Hart, American actor (d. 1946)

William S. Hart in "John Petticoats", 1919

1887 – Lynn Fontanne, British-American actress (d. 1983)

Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in Profile outside the Pool House at Ten Chimneys

1890 – Rudolf Schlichter, German artist and writer (d. 1955)

Rudolf Schlichter, My Wife with Cat, 1928

1896 – Ira Gershwin, American lyricist (d. 1983)

1898 – Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-born American photojournalist (d. 1995)


1900 – Agnes Moorehead, American actress (d. 1974)

Montgomery Clift, Agnes Moorehead in "Raintree County", 1957

1913 – Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (d. 2004)

Eleanor Holm Jarrett in Boston

1920 – Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (d. yesterday, RIP) (h/t to jim in IA for suggesting this video)

1924 – Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973)


1949 – Linda Creed, American songwriter (d. 1986)

1952 – Craig Newmark, American internet entrepreneur (he’s making a list, he’s checking it twice..)

1955 – Rick Buckler, British drummer (The Jam)

1955 – Steven Wright, American comedian

1956 – Peter Buck, American guitarist (R.E.M.)

1958 – Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator

1961 – David Lovering, American drummer (Pixies)

1962 – Janine Turner, American actress turned deranged wingnut

1971 – Ryan White, American AIDS victim (d. 1990)

1982 – Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist

Died on This Day

1562 – Jan van Scorel Dutch painter and architect (b. 1495)

Scorel, Jan Van (1495-1562) - 1528c. Mary Magdalene (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

1779 – Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter (b. 1699)

Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin, The Monkey Painter, 1740

1855 – William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist (b. 1789)


1878 – Theodoros Vryzakis, Greek artist (b. 1814)

"The Bishop of Old Patras Germanos Blesses the Flag of the Greek War of Independence" (1865) - Theodoros Vryzakis

1882 – Anthony Trollope, British author (b. 1815)

1889 – Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (b. 1808)

1949 – Leadbelly, American musician (b. 1888)

1951 – Harold Ross, American magazine editor (b. 1892)

1955 – Honus Wagner, American baseball player (b. 1874)

1964 – Consuelo Vanderbilt, American socialite (b. 1877)

1988 – Roy Orbison, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter (b. 1936)

1989 – John Payne, American actor (b. 1912)

John Payne

1993 – Don Ameche, American actor (b. 1908)

Don Ameche (sigh)

Today is

National Gazpacho Day
National Microwave Oven Day
St. Nicholas Day
Put On Your Own Shoes Day
Mitten Tree Day (I hope that’s not Mitt Romney in a pear tree)



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