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Good morning, Bombers! I forget, is this Monday or Wednesday? I ended up watching C-SPAN instead of any marathons and following the commentary on Twitter. There was much amusement to be had.

Now, on to the history lesson!

On This Day

In 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the Constitution.

In 1920 – The second of two Palmer Raids took place across the country, with around 6,000 suspected communists and anarchists arrested and held without trial. The raids were the brainchild of then Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer, who was attempting to rid the U.S. of leftist leaders in the early days of the Red Scare.

In 1974 – President Richard Nixon signed a bill to lower the maximum speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo.

In 2006 – An explosion in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia trapped and killed 12 miners, while leaving one miner in critical condition. The mine had received 208 MSHA violations the previous year.

In 2008, oil prices soared to $100 a barrel for the first time.

Born on This Day

1777 – Christian Daniel Rauch, German sculptor (d. 1857)

Little liberty

1836 – Queen Emma of Hawaii, Consort of King Kamehameha IV (d. 1885)

1857 – Martha Carey Thomas, American educator, suffragist, and second President of Bryn Mawr College (d. 1935)

1870 – Ernst Barlach, German sculptor, many of whose works were confiscated by the Nazis as "degenerate art." (d. 1938)

Mutter Erde

1873 – Thérèse of Lisieux, French Roman Catholic nun (d. 1897)

1877 – Slava Raškaj, Croatian painter (d. 1906)


1893 – Lillian Leitzel, German acrobat and strongwoman (d. 1931)


1909 – Barry M. Goldwater, American politician who was once the epitome of wingnuttery, but now seems almost moderate in comparison to his modern day party members. (d. 1998)

1913 – Anna Lee, English actress (d. 2004)


1917 – Vera Zorina, German dancer (d. 2003)

Vera Zorina - c.1941

1920 – Isaac Asimov, American author and biochemistry professor (d. 1992)

1935 – Lolo Soetoro, Indonesian geographer (d. 1987)

1936 – Roger Miller, American singer (d. 1992)

1940 – Jim Bakker, American televangelist

1942 – Dennis Hastert, 59th Speaker of the House, general dickwad, now a lobbyist (of course)

1948 – Judith Miller, American stenographer for the Bush war machine

1954 – Dawn Silva, American singer (The Brides of Funkenstein, P-Funk)

1956 – Lynda Barry, American cartoonist

1961 – Todd Haynes, American film director whose work included "The Karen Carpenter Story" performed by Barbie dolls.

1968 – Cuba Gooding, Jr., American actor

1971 – Taye Diggs, American actor

1975 – Chris Cheney, Australian musician (The Living End)

1975 – Doug Robb, American singer (Hoobastank)

Died on This Day

1557 – Pontormo, Italian painter (b. 1494)


1963 – Jack Carson, American actor (b. 1910)


1963 – Dick Powell, American actor (b. 1904)

Jantzen Dick Powell

1977 – Erroll Garner, American musician (b. 1921)

1983 – Dick Emery, English comedian (b. 1915)

1986 – Una Merkel, American actress (b. 1903)

Una Merkel

1997 – Randy California, American guitarist & songwriter (Spirit) (b. 1951)

2005 – Frank Kelly Freas, American science fiction artist and illustrator (Mad Magazine, among others) (b. 1922)


2011 – Anne Francis, American actress (b. 1930)


2011 – Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (b. 1946)

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Cats’ Day
National Science Fiction Day


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