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Saturday! And not a minute too soon. Not that any of us get to relax or anything, what with the "holidays" and all. (To me "holiday" had implications of goofing off.) Now excuse me while I bake the cookies for my Secret Santa gift and figure out what to make for the potluck...

Sadly, most of Twitter yesterday was talking about just one thing:

Sorry, nothing funny to take your minds off the horror.

So, on to the history lesson, maybe that will help:

On This Day

In 1791, the Bill of Rights became law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.

In 1939, Gone With the Wind premiered at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. It was as highly anticipated then as the Lord of the Rings movies now, only nobody camped out in front of the theaters overnight (I hope).

In 1960, Richard Paul Pavlick was arrested for attempting to blow up and assassinate President-Elect John F. Kennedy only four days earlier. His ire seemed to be based on Kennedy’s religion and wealth.

In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association voted unanimously to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.

In 2011, American forces withdrew from Iraq after a 9-year long campaign.

Born on This Day

37 – Nero, Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty (d. 68)

1626 - Adriaen de Vries, Dutch sculptor (b. est. 1556)

Adriaen de Vries, Laocoön

1832 – Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect (Eiffel tower) (d. 1923)

1892 – J. Paul Getty, American oil tycoon (d. 1976)

J. Paul Getty.

1896 – Betty Smith, American author of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” one of my favorite childhood books. (d. 1972)

1896 - Margaret Bannerman, Canadian actress (d. 1976)

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1911 – Stan Kenton, American musician (d. 1979)


1912 – Ray Eames, American designer (d. 1988)

1916 – Buddy Cole, American pianist (d. 1964)


1918 – Jeff Chandler, American actor (d. 1961)

An original Front-of-House still showing Jeff Chandler and Carol Lynley in “Return to Peyton Place”, seen in CinemaScope and colour at the Focus, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, on Wednesday, April 11th, 1962 (20th Century-Fox).

1925 – Kasey Rogers, American actress (d. 2006)

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1929 – Barry Harris, American bebop jazz pianist


1939 – Cindy Birdsong, American singer (The Supremes)


1942 – Dave Clark, English musician (The Dave Clark Five)


1946 – Carmine Appice, American musician (Vanilla Fudge)


1947 – Rodney Bingenheimer, American radio personality

1949 – Don Johnson, American actor

1954 – Mark Warner, American politician, United States Senator from Virginia and 69th Governor of Virginia

1955 – Paul Simenon, English bassist (The Clash)


1980 – Sergio Pizzorno, English guitarist (Kasabian)

Died on This Day

1675 – Johannes Vermeer, Dutch painter (b. 1632)

[ V ] Jan (Johannes) Vermeer - The Glass of Wine (1661)

1890 – Sitting Bull, American Indian tribal chief (b. c. 1831)

Sitting Bull (1885)

1943 – Fats Waller, American musician (b. 1904)


1962 – Charles Laughton, English actor (b. 1899)

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1978 – Chill Wills, American actor (b. 1903)


1989 – Arnold Moss, American actor (b. 1910)


1990 - Jean Paige, silent film actress (b. 1895)


2001 – Rufus Thomas, American musician (b. 1917)


2009 – Oral Roberts, American right wing grifter  (b. 1918)

2011 – Christopher Hitchens, columnist (b. 1949)

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