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If you could be sidekick to any hero out there, who would you pick (I call dibs on Aragorn!)?  How many delivery menus do you have sitting around your place? How many different cuisines? Who were you named after? What do you drink your coffee (or tea) out of? Who is your favorite comedian of all time?

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On This Day

In 1616, Nicolaus Copernicus's book, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium was banned by the Catholic Church. No science allowed! (The Catholic church nowadays is far more amenable to science than any Fundementalist ones.)

In 1623, the first alcohol temperance law in the colonies was enacted in Virginia.

In 1624, the upper class was exempted from whipping by legislators in Virginia. I think that law is still in effect.

In 1845, Congress appropriated $30,000 to ship camels to the western U.S. The Camel Corps didn't work out, due to the animals scaring the horses and also to their nasty dispositions (kind of like working with a Republican Congress now).

In 1770, the event that came to be known as the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers, taunted by a crowd of colonists, opened fire, killing five people.

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a four-day bank holiday in order to stop large amounts of money from being withdrawn from banks.

In 1933, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote in German parliamentary elections, enabling it to join with the Nationalists to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.

In 1946, Winston Churchill used the phrase "Iron Curtain" in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.

In 1982, the Soviet probe Venera 14 landed on Venus. It lasted 57 minutes, longer than the expected 32.

In 2004, Martha Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone Systems Inc. stock just before the price plummeted. If she were a man she probably would have gotten a slap on the hand.

Born on This Day

1512 – Gerardus Mercator, Flemish cartographer (d. 1594)

1658 – Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, French explorer (d. 1730)

1637 - Jan van der Heyden, Dutch landscape painter and inventor (d. 1712)

Your pretty Dutch cityscape of the day.

1696 – Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian painter (d. 1770)

Could you people keep it down? I'm trying to pray here!

1794 – Jacques Babinet, French physicist (d. 1872)

1794 – Robert Cooper Grier, American jurist and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (d. 1870)

1853 – Howard Pyle, American author and illustrator (d. 1911)

The relationship broke up when he realized that mermaids procreate by laying eggs in the sand and having the male fertilize them.

1870 – Frank Norris, American writer (d. 1902)

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1871 – Rosa Luxemburg, Russian born Marxist revolutionary (d. 1919)

1894 - Henry Daniell, English actor (d. 1963)

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1908 – Sir Rex Harrison, English actor (d. 1990)

1922 – Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italian writer and film director (d. 1975

1927 – Jack Cassidy, American actor (d. 1976)

1929 – J. B. Lenoir, American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter

1933 – Tommy Tucker, American blues singer and pianist (d. 1982)

1936 – Dean Stockwell, American actor

1939 – Samantha Eggar, English actress

1947 – Tom Russell, American singer/songwriter

1948 – Eddy Grant, Guyana-born singer

1952 – Alan Clark, English keyboardist (Dire Straits)

1956 – Teena Marie, American singer (d. 2010)

1957 – Mark E. Smith, English singer (The Fall and Von Südenfed)

1962 – Charlie and Craig Reid, Scottish musicians (The Proclaimers)

1966 – Aasif Mandvi, Indian-born American actor and comedian

1970 – John Frusciante, American musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Died on This Day

1534 – Antonio da Correggio, Italian painter (b. 1489)

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1592 – Michiel Coxie, Flemish painter (b. 1499)

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1622 – Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma (b. 1569)

1695 – Henry Wharton, English writer (b. 1664)

1849 – David Scott, Scottish painter (b. 1806)

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1876 - Marie d'Agoult, [pen name Daniel Stern], French author and mother of composer Franz Liszt's children (b. 1905)

1963 – Patsy Cline, American singer (b. 1932)

1967 - Mischa Auer, Russian-born American actor (b. 1905)

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1980 – Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor (b. 1912)

1982 – John Belushi, American actor (b. 1949)

1984 - William Powell, American actor (b. 1892)

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1990 - Gary Merrill, American actor (b. 1915)

1995 – Vivian Stanshall, English musician (Bonzo Dog Band) (b. 1943)

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