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Monday rolls around again, as usual. It never fails to happen. It's so predictable! I suppose you could say the alternative is worse. Alternatively, we could extend weekends by one more day and all start hating Tuesday instead. That has my vote!

Now for the Twitter selection.

Now for the history lesson:

On This Day

In 1538, Henry VIII of England was excommunicated by Pope Paul III for dumping wife number one for wife number two and pillaging all the monasteries.

In 1777, France formally recognized the United States. I wonder if she would still recognize us?

In 1862, General Ulysses S. Grant issued General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. This was revoked a few weeks later by President Lincoln, and when Grant ran for President years later he claimed he signed the order without reading it. The order was ostensibly to stop a black market in cotton that Grant suspected "teh Jooz" of being behind.

In 1967, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared while swimming near Portsea, Victoria and was presumed drowned.

In 1969, The United States Air Force closed its study of UFOs, declaring that sightings generally resulted from "A mild form of mass hysteria, Individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of various conventional objects." Fox Mulder was not amused.

Born on This Day

1770 – (baptism date) Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer and pianist (d. 1827)

1853 - Herbert Beerbohm Tree, British actor/theater manager (d. 1917)


1859 – Paul César Helleu, French artist (d. 1927)

Paul-César Helleu (French, 1859-1927), "La lionne aux hortensias bleus"

1881 - Jan Sluyters, Dutch painter (d. 1957)


1883 – Raimu, French actor (d. 1946)


1887 – Josef Lada, Czech illustrator and painter (d. 1957)

Josef Lada Illustration

1900 – Katina Paxinou, Greek actress (d. 1973)


1929 – William Safire, American columnist (d. 2009)

1930 – Bob Guccione, American magazine publisher (d. 2010)

1935 – Cal Ripken, Sr., American baseball coach (d. 1999)

1936 – Tommy Steele, English singer and actor

04 - Tommy Steele

1937 – Art Neville, American musician (The Neville Brothers)

1942 – Paul Butterfield, American musician (d. 1987)

1945 – Chris Matthews, American journalist, serial interrupter

1949 – Paul Rodgers, English singer (Free; Bad Company)

1958 – Mike Mills, American musician (R.E.M.)

1974 – Giovanni Ribisi, American actor

1980 – Eli Pariser, American political blogger and activist

1987 – Bradley Manning, incarcerated American soldier

Died on This Day

1830 – Simón Bolívar, Venezuelan military leader (b. 1783)

1833 – Kaspar Hauser, German foundling (b. 1812)

1957 – Dorothy L. Sayers, English mystery writer and personal favorite of mine (b. 1893)

1978 – Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)

1992 – Dana Andrews, American actor (b. 1909)


1998 – Allan D'Arcangelo, American artist (b. 1930)


2009 – Jennifer Jones, American actress (b. 1919)


2010 – Captain Beefheart, American musician (b. 1941)

2011 – Kim Jong-il, wacky North Korean leader (b. 1941)

Today is

Saturnalia, in honor of Saturn
National Maple Syrup Day
National Underdog Day


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