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Happy Doomsday Eve, F-Troops! I'm sure you are all quaking in your boots (or Vans, for the stylishly challenged) waiting for the end.

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Now let's get to the history lesson!

On This Day

In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed at a ceremony in New Orleans. We haven’t taken very good care of our purchase lately.

In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to attempt to secede from the United States.

In 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life premiered in New York City.  It was not initially a success, and lost money on its first release, though it did receive several Oscar nominations.

In 1989, the United States invaded Panama to overthrow government of Manuel Noriega.

In 2005, US District Court Judge John E. Jones III ruled against mandating the teaching of "intelligent design" in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.

Born on This Day

1629 – Pieter de Hooch, Dutch painter (d. 1684)

Pieter de Hooch-Couple with Parrot 1668

1792 – Nicolas Charlet, French painter (d. 1845)


1833 – Dr Samuel A. Mudd, American physician (d. 1883)

1861 – Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (d. 1926)

Ivana Kobilca

1865 – Elsie de Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (d. 1950)


1898 – Irene Dunne, American actress (d. 1990)

Irene Dunne, Cary Grant  The Awful Truth 1937

1908 – Dennis Morgan, American actor (d. 1994)


1918 – Audrey Totter, American actress

1933 – Jean Carnahan, former U.S. Senator

1948 – Alan Parsons, British music producer and artist

1952 – Jenny Agutter, English actress


1955 – Ed Kuepper, German-born Australian musician (The Saints, Laughing Clowns)

1957 – Billy Bragg, English singer-songwriter

1957 – Mike Watt, American bassist

1966 – Chris Robinson, American singer (Black Crowes)

Died on This Day

1954 – James Hilton, British author (b. 1900)

1961 – Moss Hart, American dramatist (b. 1904)


1968 – John Steinbeck, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)

1973 – Bobby Darin, American singer (b. 1936)

1976 – Richard J. Daley, American politician (b. 1902)

1997 – Dawn Steel, American film producer (b. 1946)

1998 – Irene Hervey, American actress (b. 1909)

10 HERVEY, Irene_Carreras (Glamour Girls)

2010 – Steve Landesberg, American actor and comedian (b. 1936)

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