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Today's Very Important subjects to argue about: Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello? Does cilantro really taste like soap? What is the right height for a tree? Martinis, shaken or stirred? Vodka or Gin? Olive or twist? Is it right that a drink can be a martini just because it is served in a martini glass? Which Dr. Who was the best? What was the most interesting century outside of our own? Discuss!

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Now, get out your notebooks, it's history time!

On This Day

In 1867, African American men were granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. over President Andrew Johnson’s veto.

In 1790, George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York, New York. The first SOTU drinking game had not yet been invented.

In 1835, the United States national debt was 0 for the only time.

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in the United States. Sadly, this has not lasted as long as the War on Drugs or the War on Terror.

In 1975, Ella T. Grasso became Governor of Connecticut. She was the first woman to serve as a Governor in the U.S. who hadn’t succeeded her husband.

In 2002, the so-called No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law by George W. Bush.

In 2011, in a suburb of Tucson, Arizona, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was wounded along with 13 others, and 6 were killed by a disturbed young man wielding a semi-automatic pistol loaded with a high capacity magazine.

Born on This Day

1824 – Wilkie Collins, British novelist (d. 1889)

1830 – Albert Bierstadt, German/American painter (d. 1902)

Your pretty pic of the day - Among the Sierra Nevada.

1836 – Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Dutch artist (d. 1912)

I don't see any reason why we should have to read this bill before we kill it.

1867 – Emily Greene Balch, American writer and pacifist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (d. 1961)

1879 – Charles Bryant, British actor and film director (d. 1948)

Interesting. Your pulse goes up whenever I say, 'Taxes.'

1883 – Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (d. 1941)

Yikes! My son was born with Moobs!

1888 – Matt Moore, Irish-American actor (d. 1960)


1891 – Bronislava Nijinska, Russian choreographer (d. 1972)

Avant Garde Zombie.

1904 – Tampa Red, American blues musician (d. 1981)

1908 – William Hartnell, British actor who was the very first Doctor in the Doctor Who series. (d. 1975)

1912 – José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor (d. 1992)

1926 – Soupy Sales, American comedian (d. 2009)

1931 – Bill Graham, German-born American music promoter (d. 1991)

1931 – Chuck Metcalf, American jazz double-bassist (d. 2012)

1935 – Elvis Presley, American singer (d. 1977)

1937 – Dame Shirley Bassey, Welsh singer

1938 – Bob Eubanks, American game show host

1941 – Graham Chapman, British comedian (d. 1989)

1942 – Yvette Mimieux, American actress

The troll gloated as yet another victim was NR'd.

1944 – Terry Brooks, American fantasy writer

1946 – Robby Krieger, American musician (The Doors and The Butts Band)

1947 – David Bowie, English musician

1959 – Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Crowded House and Split Enz) (d. 2005)

1966 – Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone and Malfunkshun) (d. 1990)

1979 – Torry Castellano, American musician (The Donnas)

Died on This Day

1324 – Marco Polo, Italian explorer (b. 1254)

1337 – Giotto di Bondone, Italian artist who went by the name Giotto. (b. 1267)

1825 – Eli Whitney, American inventor (b. 1765)

1880 – Joshua A. Norton, aka Emperor Norton: "Emperor of the United States, Protector of Mexico" (b. 1811)

1896 – Paul Verlaine, French poet (b. 1844)

1916 – Ada Rehan, Irish-born American actress (b. 1860)

I'm in your diary, stirring up shit.

1996 – François Mitterrand, President of France (b. 1916)

2007 – Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian-born actress (b. 1922)

Though she enjoys scrapbooking, Ms. De Carlo is a firm advocate of Glue Gun Control.

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