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In the little community called J Town, right across the square from those cute little houses with the great big porches, is a little bar called the F Bomb.

Friendly Folks have Fun Fantasizing about Flushing the Filibuster once and For all, or oF Filming Flameouts oF Flatulent old Farts like Flake, Forbes, Franks, and Foxx.  Or Fox.

Some choice Tweets from yesterday:


And now on to the history lesson!

On This Day

In 1307, William Tell shot an apple off his son's head when ordered to do so (expecting him to miss) by the man who had arrested him.

In 1865, Mark Twain's short story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County was first published, in the New York Saturday Press.

In 1926,  George Bernard Shaw refused to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, "I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize".

In 1963, the first push-button telephones were released.

In 1978, Jim Jones forced his followers to drink poisoned kool-aid, resulting in 909 deaths in Jonestown (not including the other deaths, like Congressman Ryan), and including at least 270 children.

Born on This Day

1527 - Luca Cambiasi, Italian painter/sculptor (d. 1585)


1785 – Sir David Wilkie, Scottish painter (d. 1841)

Wilkie, David (1785-1841) - 1814 The Refusal from Burn's (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

1787 – Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor and photographer (d. 1851)

Louis Daguerre - - Algo de historia - - Tal dia como hoy 18 de noviembre de 1787

1836 – Sir W. S. Gilbert, British dramatist (d. 1911) (Gilbert and Sullivan)

1882 - Wyndham Lewis, English author/painter (Tarr, Apes of God) (d. 1957)

Lewis, Wyndham (1882-1957) - 1920-21 A Reading of Ovid (Tyros)

1888 - Frances Marion, SF CA, screenwriter/actress (Pollyanna) (d. 1973)

Mary Pickford & Marion Frances

1901 – George Gallup, American statistician and pollster, who did not live to see the reputation of his polling firm totally destroyed. (d. 1984)

1904 – Jean Paul Lemieux, Quebec painter (d. 1990)


1907 – Compay Segundo, Cuban guitarist, singer and composer (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2003)

1908 – Imogene Coca, American actress and comedian (d. 2001)

Imogene Coca

1909 – Johnny Mercer, American lyricist (d. 1976)

1919 – Jocelyn Brando, American actress (d. 2005)

1919 – Georgia Carroll, American singer, fashion model, and actress (d. 2011)


1923 – Alan Shepard, American astronaut (d. 1998)

1923 – Ted Stevens, American politician who was particularly knowledgeable about the internet. (d. 2010)

1927 – Hank Ballard, American rhythm 'n blues singer and songwriter (d. 2003)

1936 – Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (d. 1995)

1939 – Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet, novelist, critic and essayist

1953 – Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist (V for Vendetta)

1959 – Karla Faye Tucker, first woman to be executed in the United States since 1984 (d. 1998)

1962 – Kirk Hammett, American guitarist (Metallica)

1964 – Rita Cosby, American “journalist” (remember her?)

1968 – Owen Wilson, American actor and film-writer

1970 – Megyn Kelly, American Fox News spokesmodel

Died on This Day

1630 - Esaias van de Velde, Dutch painter (b. 1587)


1922 – Marcel Proust, French novelist (b. 1871)

1969 – Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., American businessman (b. 1888)

1969 – Ted Heath, British trombonist, and bandleader (b. 1902)

1972 – Danny Whitten, American musician (Crazy Horse) (b. 1943)

1976 – Man Ray, American-born French photographer and painter (b. 1890)

Man Ray, Self-Portrait with gun, 1930s

1978 – Leo Ryan, American politician (b. 1925)

1994 – Cab Calloway, American bandleader (b. 1907)

2002 – James Coburn, American actor (b. 1928)

Today is

William Tell Day
Use Less Stuff Day
National Vichyssoise Day
National Apple Cider Day
Mickey Mouse Day
Occult Day


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