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Have you ever met a lazy mom?
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On This Day

In 1876, work on the Southern Pacific Railroad from San Francisco to L.A. ended.

In 1899, Carnation's Evaporated Milk went into production.

In 1901, President William McKinley was shot and fatally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz.

In 1941, Nazis ordered all Jews above age 6 to wear a Star of David patch in all German occupied territories.

In 1959, the first Barbie doll was sold.

In 1972, at the Olympics in Munich, a Palestinian terrorist group calling themselves "Black September" took 9 Israeli athletes hostage.

In 1997, Princess Diana's funeral took place in London and on billions of TV sets worldwide.

Born on This Day

1666 – Ivan V of Russia (d. 1696)

1729 – Moses Mendelssohn, German philosopher (d. 1786)

1757 – Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, French military officer (d. 1834)

1788 – Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow, German painter (d. 1862)

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1800 – Catharine Beecher, American educator (d. 1878)

1815 – St. John Richardson Liddell, American general (d. 1870)

1836 – John Atkinson Grimshaw, British painter (d. 1893)

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1860 – Jane Addams, American social worker, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1935)

1868  – Georges de Feure, Dutch painter (d. 1943)

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1877 – Buddy Bolden, American cornet player (d. 1930)

1879 – Max Schreck, German actor (d. 1936)

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1888 – Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., American businessman and diplomat (d. 1969)

1890 – Clara Kimball Young, American actress (d. 1960)

1893 – Claire Chennault, American pilot (d. 1958)

1899 – Billy Rose, American composer (d. 1966)

1912 - Jacques Fath, French fashion designer (d. 1954)

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1913 – Julie Gibson, American actress and singer

1925 – Jimmy Reed, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1976)

1930 – Charles Foley, American game designer, co-created Twister (d. 2013)

1937 – Sergio Aragonés, Spanish illustrator and writer (he did the marginal drawings in Mad Magazine)

1937 – Jo Anne Worley, American actress

1940 – Elizabeth Murray, American painter (d. 2007)

1943 – Roger Waters, English singer-songwriter, bass player, and composer (Pink Floyd and The Bleeding Heart Band)

1947 – Sylvester, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (d. 1988)

1947 – Jane Curtin, American actress

1948 – Claydes Charles Smith, American guitarist (Kool & the Gang) (d. 2006)

1952 – Buddy Miller, American singer-songwriter

1954 – Carly Fiorina, failed businesswoman and politician

1954 – Patrick O'Hearn, American musician and composer (Missing Persons)

1958 – Buster Bloodvessel, English singer-songwriter (Bad Manners)

1958 – Jeff Foxworthy, American comedian, actor, and author

1962 – Chris Christie, 55th Governor of New Jersey, 2016 Presidential candidate, and hypocrite

1963 – Geert Wilders, rabid wingnut Dutch politician

1964 – Rosie Perez, American actress

1967 – Macy Gray, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1969 – CeCe Peniston, American singer-songwriter and actress

1971 – Dolores O'Riordan, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Cranberries)

1972 – Eugene Hütz, Ukrainian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Gogol Bordello)

1972 – China Miéville, English author

Died on This Day

972 – Pope John XIII

1503 - Alvise Vivarini, Italian painter (b. 1445 or 1446)

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1649 – Robert Dudley, English explorer and geographer (b. 1574)

1719 - Carlo Cignani, Italian painter (b. 1628)

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1782 – Martha Jefferson, American wife of Thomas Jefferson (b. 1748)

1832 - Charles Meynier, French painter (b. 1768)

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1855 - Julius Leblanc Stewart, U.S. painter (d. 1919)

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1876 - Józef Szermentowski, Polish painter (b. 1833)

1939 – Arthur Rackham, English illustrator (b. 1867)

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1959 – Edmund Gwenn, English-American actor (b. 1877)

1966 – Margaret Sanger, American nurse, educator, and activist (b. 1879)

1985 – Johnny Desmond, American singer (b. 1919)

1986 – Blanche Sweet, American actress (b. 1895) See Tipple Jar

1990 – Tom Fogerty, American singer (b. 1941)

1994 – Nicky Hopkins, English pianist (The Jeff Beck Group, The Kinks, Jerry Garcia Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Sweet Thursday, (b. 1944)

2007 – Madeleine L'Engle, American author (b. 1918)

2007 – Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor (b. 1935)

2008 – Anita Page, American actress (b. 1910)

Today is

National Lazy Mom's Day
National Coffee Ice Cream Day
Fight Procrastination Day
Read a Book Day (isn't that every day?)

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