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I'm going to borrow a question that was regularly featured in Bon Appetit's little back page chef interview: What historical person or persons would you like to have dinner and drinks with? Expanding on that, what fictional characters (assuming it was at all possible) would you like to have dinner and drinks with? What fictional place you you like to visit? When you travel, do you prefer to find accommodations like the natives or do you prefer to stay in places that are more like what you find at home? Do you usually cook at home or go out to eat?

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On This Day

In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.

In 1875, Georges Bizet's opera, "Carmen," premiered at the Opéra Comique in Paris.

In 1887, Anne Sullivan met and became the teacher of the blind and deaf 6-year-old Helen Keller.

In 1913, suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns led a parade of 8000 women, 10 bands, 5 mounted brigades, and 26 floats down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC to advance the cause of Women's Suffrage. The authorities failed to clear the roads beforehand, and the mostly male crowds harassed them, sometimes aided by the police. Their ill-treatment actually won them much sympathy, and backfired on the harassers.

In 1923, Time Magazine debuted.

In 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed into law a bill making "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem. I personally think he should have gone with something easier to sing, like "America the Beautiful," or "America, Fuck Yeah!"

In 1991, in a case that sparked a national outcry, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.

In 2006, former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA), was sentenced by a federal judge to more than eight years in prison for corruption.

Born on This Day

1606 – Edmund Waller, British poet (d. 1687)

1631 – Esaias Boursse, Dutch painter (d. 1672)

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1756 – William Godwin, English writer (d. 1836)

1778 – Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of Hanover (d. 1841)

1793 – William Charles Macready, English actor (d. 1873)

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1816 – William James Blacklock, British painter (d. 1858)

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1831 – George Pullman, American inventor (d. 1897)

1844 - Marie Spartali Stillman, painter (d. 1927)

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1848 – Adelaide Neilson, English actress (d. 1880)

1873 – William Green, American labor union leader (d. 1952)

1880 – Florence Auer, American actress (d. 1962)

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1882 – Charles Ponzi, scheming Italian (d. 1949)

1890 – Edmund Lowe, American actor (d. 1971)

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1894 – Ethel Grandin, silent film actress (d. 1988)

1903 - Gilbert Adrian, American costume designer (d. 1959) (The music doesn't belong, but the clothes are his, from the 1939 film "The Women.")

1911 – Jean Harlow, American actress (d. 1937)

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1920 – James Doohan, Canadian-born actor (d. 2005)

1920 – Ronald Searle, English illustrator (d. 2011)

1921 – Diana Barrymore, American actress (d. 1960)

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1933 – Lee Radziwill, American fashion executive

1934 - Gia Scala, Italian actress (d. 1972)

1938 - Willie Chambers, American guitarist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers)

1942 – Mike Pender, English singer and guitarist (The Searchers)

1948 – Snowy White, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd)

1951 – Lindsay Cooper, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, News from Babel)

1953 – Robyn Hitchcock, British musician (The Soft Boys)

1954 – John Lilley, American musician (The Hooters)

1958 – Miranda Richardson, English actress

1966 – Tone Lōc (Anthony Terrell Smith), American rapper and actor

1971 – Tyler Florence, American chef and author

Died on This Day

1703 – Robert Hooke, English scientist (b. 1635)

1765 – William Stukeley, English archaeologist (b. 1687)

1792 – Robert Adam, Scottish architect (b. 1728)

1920 – Theodor Philipsen, Danish painter (b. 1840)

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1959 – Lou Costello, American actor and comedian (b. 1906)

1987 – Danny Kaye, American actor, singer, and comedian (b. 1913)

1988 - Lois Wilson, American actress (b. 1894)

Lois and Louise knew Scalia was a monster, but were still shocked when he decided to drop trou right in the courtroom.

1993 – Carlos Montoya, flamenco guitarist (b. 1903)

2003 – Horst Buchholz, German actor (b. 1933)

2004 – Cecily Adams, American actress and casting director (b. 1958)

2012 – Ronnie Montrose, American guitarist (Montrose and Gamma) (b. 1947)

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