Skip to main content

Friday at last!  Friday, the ultimate F Word! Finally! Is it my imagination or has this been a long week?

Maybe some nice cheery Tweets:

Now on to the history lesson:

On This Day

In 1732 , the Royal Opera House opened in Covent Garden, London.

In 1776, Marquis de Lafayette, a cheese eating surrender monkey Frenchman, arranged to enter the American military as a major general.

In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution.

In 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, bringing us into WW2.

In 1963, Instant replay was first used during an Army–Navy game.

In 1972, Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, was launched. The crew took the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they departed Earth.

In 1982, in Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. became the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.

In 1999, the Recording Industry Association of America (a bunch of crooks) filed a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client alleging copyright infringement.

Born on This Day

1598 – Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian sculptor (d. 1680)

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, The Medusa, 1640s. Carrara marble. Musei Capitolini, Rome

1831 - Joanna Mary Boyce, aka Mrs. H. T. Wells, English painter (d. 1861)


1863 – Richard Sears, American department store founder (d. 1914)

1873 – Willa Cather, American novelist (d. 1947)

1879 – Rudolf Friml, American composer (d. 1972)

1891 – Fay Bainter, Academy Award-winning American actress (d. 1968)

Fay Bainter

1894 - Stuart Davis, American painter (d. 1964)

Stuart Davis 'Chinatown'

1910 – Louis Prima, American musician (d. 1978)

1915 – Eli Wallach, American actor

1923 – Ted Knight, American actor (d. 1986)

1928 – Noam Chomsky, American linguist and political writer

1932 – Ellen Burstyn, American actress

1942 – Harry Chapin, American singer and songwriter (d. 1981)

1949 – Tom Waits, American singer, composer, and actor.

1952 – Susan Collins, American politician

1956 – Larry Bird, American basketball player

1958 – Tim Butler, English musician (The Psychedelic Furs)

1973 – Terrell Owens, American football player

1973 – Damien Rice, Irish musician

1977 – Dominic Howard, English drummer (Muse)

Died on This Day

43 BC – Cicero, Roman politician and author (b. 106 BC)

1817 – William Bligh, British admiral and HMS Bounty figure (b. 1745)

1899 – Juan Luna, Filipino painter (b. 1857)

Juan Luna's " Chula "

1967 - House Peters Sr., silent film actor (b. 1880)

House Peters Sr. in...

1969 – Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897)

1969 – Eric Portman, English actor (b. 1903)


1970 – Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist (b. 1883)

1975 – Thornton Wilder, American playwright (b. 1897)

1980 – Darby Crash, American punk-rock musician (b. 1958) (The Germs)  

1990 – Joan Bennett, American actress (b. 1910)

Joan Bennett,

1990 – Jean Paul Lemieux, French-Canadian artist (b. 1904)


2006 – Jeane Kirkpatrick, American diplomat (b. 1926)

2010 – Elizabeth Edwards, American lawyer and wife of John Edwards (b. 1949)

2011 – Harry Morgan, American actor (b. 1915)

Today is

National Cotton Candy Day
Letter Writing Day
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
International Civil Aviation Day



Are you doing your part in the War on Christmas?

24%7 votes
6%2 votes
17%5 votes
3%1 votes
6%2 votes
6%2 votes
10%3 votes
24%7 votes

| 29 votes | Vote | Results

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site