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Greetings, Bombers! It's a fine morning here in CA, with a thin layer of smog concealing the blue of the sky (well, OK, it's still dark here, but that is how it looked yesterday afternoon) and a faint scent of exhaust in the air. Everyone will assure me it's a beautiful day, because… warm.

I have questions: Are there any animals (not bugs) that scare you? (It's monkeys for me, creepy little devils.) Have you ever been hypnotized (knowingly, I mean)? Which of the alphabetical personality types are you (A, B…)? Were you ever in the Scouts (boy/girl)? Did you get kicked out or quit? ;-) Are you handy or helpless when it comes to fixing things around the house?


(most of these are leftovers, but if you complain you don't get dessert!)

On This Day

In 1778, South Carolina became the second state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.

In 1852, the Hermitage Museum opened in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 1881, Phoenix, Arizona was incorporated.

In 1917, Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, the Immigration Act of 1917, which severely curtailed the immigration of Asians.

In 1919, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launched United Artists.

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices. Critics charged that he was attempting to "pack" the court.

In 1939, Generalísimo Francisco Franco (who was alive at the time) became the 68th "Caudillo de España", or Leader of Spain.

In 1958, an H-Bomb was lost off the coast of Georgia, near Savannah. It has not been recovered to this day.

In 1988, the Arizona House of Representatives impeached Gov. Evan Mecham, who was later convicted in the state Senate and removed from office.

In 1994, White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Miss., of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Born on This Day

1626 – Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, French author (d. 1696)


1808 – Carl Spitzweg, German painter (d. 1885)

Spitzweg, Carl (1808-1885) - 1850 The Bookworm (Museum Georg Schafer, Schweinfurt, Germany)

1848 – Belle Starr, American outlaw (d. 1889)


1878 – André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (d. 1935)

1880 – Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (d. 1973)

1900 – Adlai Stevenson, American politician, 31st Governor of Illinois (d. 1965)

1903 – Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress (d. 1975)

1906 – John Carradine, American actor (d. 1988)

John Carradine, in The Grapes of Wrath

1908 – Peg Entwistle, English actress (d. 1932)

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1914 – William S. Burroughs, American author (d. 1997)

1919 – Red Buttons, American actor (d. 2006)

1919 – Tim Holt, American actor (d. 1973)

1934 – Hank Aaron. American baseball player

1941 – David Selby, American actor


1942 – Cory Wells, American singer (Three Dog Night)

1944 – James B. Cobb, Jr., American guitarist (Classics IV)

1944 – Al Kooper, American musician

1946 – Charlotte Rampling, British actress

1948 – Christopher Guest, American actor and director

1948 – Barbara Hershey, American actress

1954 – Cliff Martinez, American drummer and composer (Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Dickies)

1959 – Jennifer Granholm American politician, 47th Governor of Michigan, TV host

1962 – Jennifer Jason Leigh, American actress


1964 – Laura Linney, American actress

1964 – Duff McKagan, American musician (Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver)

1975 – Adam Carson, American musician (AFI)

Died on This Day

1578 – Giambattista Moroni, Italian painter (b. c.1520-24)

Portrait of a woman, perhaps Lucia Albani Avogadro ('La Dama in Rosso')

1946 – George Arliss, English actor (b. 1868)

george arliss 1930

1959 - Gwili Andre, Danish actress (b. 1908)

Gwili Andre 03

1969 – Thelma Ritter, American actress (b. 1902)


1982 - Dolores Moran, American actress (b. 1926)


1995 – Doug McClure, American actor (b. 1935)

1997 – Pamela Harriman, English-born American diplomat (b. 1920)

2008 – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. c. 1917)

2010 – Ian Carmichael, English actor who played Bertie Wooster and Peter Wimsey. (b. 1920)

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