Happy Sunday, F-Troops! Well, it's happy for me, since I took vacation days for Monday and Wednesday, and I hear Tuesday is a holiday. Nice to not have to work! (Though I have to be available by phone.) Right now the hardest part of my day is fending of the giant cat that thinks she deserves to be on my lap instead of the computer. Pesky internet connection problems are gone. I can even watch videos again! I will shut up about Time Warner now (until the next time).
Today's Twitter-mining turned up the following:
Who's worried about self-protection whilst in line at the gates of heaven waiting for St Peter? Is there conceal-carry in the after-life?— kara vallow (@teenagesleuth) December 22, 2012
"Register" the mentally ill? So now I have to be on a fucking national registry?— kara vallow (@teenagesleuth) December 22, 2012
There's only one reason you'll need 30 rounds for hunting, and it's Zombie Deer.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) December 21, 2012
OBAMA IMPOSES UNCONSTITUTIONAL EGG NOG MANDATE— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) December 21, 2012
If you let kids play video games like "Guitar Hero," don't be surprised by random outbursts of Nickelbacks.— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) December 21, 2012
Unless everyone own a tanning bed, Snooki will never be stopped.— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) December 21, 2012
If we have to carry guns at all times to feel safe, I don't think we get to call ourselves a civilization anymore.— Stephanie (@CcSteff) December 21, 2012
Remember when Pong created that rash of racquetball murders?— David Waldman (@KagroX) December 21, 2012
Now, on to the history lesson!
On This Day
In 1788 , Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area of swampland for the seat of the national government. About two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.
In 1823, A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, was published anonymously. It is attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, though some think it may have been authored by Henry Livingston, Jr.
In 1913, the Federal Reserve Act was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, which created the Federal Reserve.
In 1919. the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 became law in the UK. This removed the ability in many fields to disqualify women solely on the basis of their sex.
In 1954, the first successful kidney transplant was performed by J. Hartwell Harrison, M.D. and Joseph E. Murray. (Science!)
In 1977, Cat Stevens converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Islam.
Born on This Day
1805 – Joseph Smith, Jr., American religious leader (d. 1844)
1867 – Madam C.J. Walker, African-American philanthropist and makeup tycoon who made her fortune creating makeup for black women. (d. 1919)
1897 - Julien Carette, French actor (d. 1966)
1885 – Pierre Brissaud, French illustrator (d. 1964)
1891 – Alexandr Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer (d. 1956)
1903 - Fredi Washington, African-American actress and civil rights activist. (d. 1994)
1911 – James Gregory, American actor (d. 2002)
1918 – Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of Germany
1918 – José Greco, Italian-born flamenco dancer (d. 2001)
1929 – Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player (d. 1988)
1931 – Ronnie Schell, American actor
1935 – Paul Hornung, American football player
1935 – Esther Phillips, American singer (d. 1984)
1936 – Frederic Forrest, American actor
1940 – Jorma Kaukonen, American musician (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)
1940 – Eugene Record, American singer (The Chi-Lites) (d. 2005)
1941 – Tim Hardin, American musician (d. 1980)
1943 – Harry Shearer, American actor
1944 – Wesley Clark, American military officer
1949 – Adrian Belew, American musician (King Crimson)
1952 – William Kristol, clueless American political commentator
1958 - Victoria Williams, singer/songwriter
1964 – Eddie Vedder, American musician (Pearl Jam)
1967 – Carla Bruni, Italian-French model and singer and French first lady
Died on This Day
1230 – Berengaria of Navarre, queen of Richard I of England
1939 – Anthony Fokker, Dutch aircraft manufacturer (b. 1890)
1946 – Kiki Preston, American socialite (b. 1898)
1970 – Charles Ruggles, American actor (b. 1886)
1973 – Charles Atlas, Italian-born American bodybuilder (b. 1892)
1979 – Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)
1982 – Jack Webb, American actor, producer, and director (b. 1920)
1992 – Eddie Hazel, American guitarist (Funkadelic) (b. 1950)
2000 – Billy Barty, American actor (b. 1924)
2000 – Victor Borge, Danish-born comedian and pianist (b. 1909)
2007 – Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer (b. 1925)
National Pfeffernuesse Day
National Bake Day