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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

 

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