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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:

Now, on to the history lesson!

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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)

Madame CJ Walker

1897 - Julien Carette, French actor (d. 1966)

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1885 – Pierre Brissaud, French illustrator (d. 1964)

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1891 – Alexandr Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer (d. 1956)

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1903 - Fredi Washington, African-American actress and civil rights activist. (d. 1994)

Fredi Washington

1911 – James Gregory, American actor (d. 2002)

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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

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1935 – Paul Hornung, American football player

1935 – Esther Phillips, American singer (d. 1984)

1936 – Frederic Forrest, American actor

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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)

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1973 – Charles Atlas, Italian-born American bodybuilder (b. 1892)

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1979 – Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)

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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)

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