Welcome, my Friends, to the little corner bar in J Town, where everyone thinks they know your name but they really don't because who would name their kid [insert your username here]?
This is the place to go if you want to put up your Feet and let down your hair (if you still have any). Feel Free to be Foolish in Front of us.
My favorite tweet from yesterday (aside from the ones poking fun at Chris Hayes):
If all the people who wanted to secede because the president was re-elected actually left, it would be one way to improve test scores.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) November 12, 2012
Now for the historical part:
On This Day
In 1927, the Holland Tunnel opened to traffic, the first Hudson River tunnel for vehicular traffic between New Jersey and New York City.
In 1956, the Supreme Court declared Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, one of the Supremes' Greatest Hits.
In 1982, the powerful Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., attended by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.
In 1988, Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian law student in Portland, Oregon was beaten to death by members of the Neo-Nazi group East Side White Pride.
In 2001, President George W. Bush signed an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.
Born on This Day
1826 – Charles Frederick Worth, English-born couturier (d. 1895)
1833 – Edwin Booth, American actor (d. 1893)
1850 – Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer of adventure stories. (d. 1894) He was a staunch socialist for a time in his youth, but turned Tory in his old age, and I found this interesting quote on that subject:
Now I know that in thus turning Conservative with years, I am going through the normal cycle of change and travelling in the common orbit of men's opinions. I submit to this, as I would submit to gout or gray hair, as a concomitant of growing age or else of failing animal heat; but I do not acknowledge that it is necessarily a change for the better—I dare say it is deplorably for the worse."1853 – John Drew Jr., American actor (d. 1927)
1856 – Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and the first Jew to be named to the court. (d. 1941)
1897 – Gertrude Olmstead, American actress (d. 1975)
1906 – Hermione Baddeley, English actress (d. 1986)
1906 – Eva Zeisel, American industrial designer (d. 2011)
1913 – Helen Mack, American actress (d. 1986)
1929 – Fred Phelps, despicable American pastor
1938 – Jean Seberg, American actress (d. 1979)
1939 – Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer
1947 – Toy Caldwell, American guitarist (The Marshall Tucker Band) (d. 1993)
1949 – Terry Reid, English singer
1952 – Art Malik, Pakistani-born English actor who was great as Hari Kumar in Jewel in the Crown but has been stuck playing stereotypical Middle Eastern and Indian roles since.
1953 – Andrew Ranken, English musician (The Pogues)
1954 – Chris Noth, American actor
1955 – Whoopi Goldberg, American actress, comedienne, and singer
1969 – Gerard Butler, Scottish actor
1978 – Nikolai Fraiture, American bassist (The Strokes)
Died on This Day
1619 – Ludovico Carracci, Italian painter (b. 1555)
1903 – Camille Pissarro, French painter (b. 1830)
1973 – Lila Lee, American actress (b. 1901)
1974 – Vittorio De Sica, Italian film director (b. 1901)
1974 – Karen Silkwood, American activist (b. 1946)
1998 – Valerie Hobson, British actress (b. 1917)
National Indian Pudding Day
Sadie Hawkins Day
World Kindness Day
Young Readers Day (2nd Tuesday)