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On This Day

In 1824, the United States Department of War created the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

In 1861, the Constitution of the Confederate States of America was adopted. (This made me wonder what a constitution crafted by those states in the present day would look like? Scary.)

In 1888, the "Great Blizzard of 1888" (or Mickey, as the Weather Channel dubbed it) struck the eastern seaboard in the days before snowplows, striking CT, MA, NJ and NY. It had drifts averaging 30-40 feet and winds up to 80 MPH. PROOF global warming does not exist! Oh wait…

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.

In 1970, the album "Deja Vu" by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young was released.

In 1985, Mikhail S. Gorbachev was chosen to succeed the late Soviet President Konstantin Chernenko.

In 1993, North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

In 1997, Paul McCartney of the Beatles was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

In 2004, Ten bombs exploded in quick succession across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people and injuring 1,800 in Europe's worst Islamic terror attack.

In 2011, slimy Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a measure to eliminate most union rights for public employees, a proposal which had provoked three weeks of protests.

In 2011, NFL owners and players broke off labor negotiations hours before their contract expired; the union decertified and the league imposed a lockout that lasted 4 1/2 months.

Born on This Day

1779 - Jerome-Martin Langlois, French academic painter (d. 1838)

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1785 – John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1861)

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1818 – Marius Petipa, French ballerina and choreographer (d. 1910)

1818 - Johan Philip Koelman, Dutch painter (d. 1893)

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1819 – Henry Tate, sugar magnate of Tate & Lyle and founder of the Tate Gallery (d. 1899)

1887 – Raoul Walsh, American film director (d. 1980)

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1891 – Gertrud Wolle, German actress (d. 1952)

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1898 – Dorothy Gish, American actress (d. 1968)

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1907 – Jessie Matthews, English actress (d. 1981)

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1916 – Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1995)

1926 – Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights leader (d. 1990)

1928 – Albert Salmi, American actor (d. 1990)

1929 – Timothy Carey, American actor (d. 1994)

1930 - David Gentleman, English designer/painter

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1931 – Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born greedy bastard media mogul

1931 – Janosch, German artist and author

1935 – Sandra Milo, Italian actress

1936 – Antonin Scalia, American jurist undeserving of his present position (or any position having anything to do with law, except perhaps prison guard).

1939 – Flaco Jiménez, American musician

1945 – Harvey Mandel, American musician (Pure Food and Drug Act and Canned Heat)

1946 – Patty Waters, American jazz singer

1948 – George Kooymans, Dutch guitarist and vocalist (Golden Earring)

1950 – Bobby McFerrin, American singer

1951 – Dominique Sanda, French actress

1952 – Douglas Adams, English writer (d. 2001)

1955 – Nina Hagen, German singer and actress

1963 – Alex Kingston, English actress

1965 – Jesse Jackson, Jr., American politician

1965 – Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, British reality TV personality

1968 – Lisa Loeb, American singer-songwriter and actress

1982 – Thora Birch, American actress

Died on This Day

1715 - Jan-Erasmus Quellinus, Flemish painter (b. 1634)

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1722 – John Toland, Irish philosopher (b. 1670)

1759 – John Forbes, English general (b. 1710)

1801 – Paul I of Russia, Russian Emperor (b. 1754)

1820 – Benjamin West, English-American painter (b. 1738)

1866 – Ulysses F. Doubleday, American congressman (b. 1792)

1908 – Benjamin Waugh, American activist (b. 1839)

1955 – Sir Alexander Fleming, Scottish scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1881)

1955 – Oscar Mayer, Bavarian-born American entrepreneur (b. 1859)

1957 – Richard E. Byrd, American admiral and explorer (b. 1888)

1967 – Geraldine Farrar, American soprano (b. 1882)

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1970 – Erle Stanley Gardner, American novelist (b. 1889)

1971 – Philo T. Farnsworth, American inventor (b. 1906)

1971 – Whitney Young, American civil rights activist (b. 1921)

1986 – Sonny Terry, American blues musician (b. 1911)

2007 – Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (b. 1921)

Today is

Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day
Johnny Appleseed Day
Worship of Tools Day
Eat Your Noodles Day

This Week is

National School Breakfast Week
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week
National Bubble Week
National Crochet Week
Flood Safety Week
International Brain Awareness Week
Napping Day
World Plumbing Day

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