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Greetings, Bombocrats! We're having a little party here (yeah, I know it's early, but we have lots of coffee), so come in and pull up a stool. No, I did not ask for a sample.

First off, here are all of yesterday's Powerball tweets, and then some.

Not all cops are bad.

On This Day

In 1786, Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, put in place reforms that made his country the first state to abolish the death penalty. Now November 30 is celebrated by 300 cities around the world as Cities for Life Day.

In 1804, the Democratic-Republican (yes, it sounds like an oxymoron, but there really was such a party) controlled Senate began impeachment proceedings against Federalist-partisan Supreme Court  Justice Samuel Chase.

In 1886, the Folies Bergère staged its first revue.

Folies Bergere!

In 1940, Lucille Ball married bandleader Desi Arnaz in Greenwich, Connecticut.


In 1982 – Michael Jackson's Thriller was released.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Bill into law.

Born on This Day

1508 – Andrea Palladio, Italian architect (d. 1580)

1667 – Jonathan Swift, Irish writer and satirist (d. 1745)


1722 – Theodore Gardelle, Swiss miniature painter and enameler who was executed in London for murdering his landlady. (sorry, no clear pics of any of his art seem to be available) (d. 1761)

1726 - Jacques Aliamet, French etcher/engraver (d. 1788)


1810 – Oliver Winchester, American gunsmith (d. 1880)

1825 – William-Adolphe Bouguereau, French academic painter (d. 1905)


1835 – Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American writer (d. 1910)

1861 - Frans Gailliard, Belgian painter (d. 1932)


1874 – Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel laureate (d. 1965)

1903 - Germaine Emilie Krebs, aka Madame Gres, French fashion designer (d. 1993)


1904 – Clyfford Still, American painter (d. 1980)

The Clyfford Still we never saw in art history class

1909 – Robert Nighthawk, American musician (d. 1967)

1912 – Gordon Parks, American photographer and film director (d. 2006)

Gordon Parks America Gothic

1915 – Brownie McGhee, American blues musician (d. 1996)

1920 – Virginia Mayo, American actress (d. 2005)


1924 – Shirley Chisholm, American politician, United States Representatives from New York (d. 2005)

Shirley Chisholm for President

1929 – Dick Clark, American television host (d. 2012)

1930 – G. Gordon Liddy, American Watergate operative and crazy person

1931 – Bill Walsh, American football coach (d. 2007)

1936 – Abbie Hoffman, American activist (d. 1989)

1945 – Roger Glover, British bassist (Deep Purple)

1947 – David Mamet, American playwright who knows all about f-bombs

1952 – Mandy Patinkin, American actor and singer and Inigo Montoyaprepare to die

1953 – Shuggie Otis, American musician, composer and producer

1955 – Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad), British musician who sneers so deftly I swear he could pick his nose with his upper lip if he wanted.

1957 – John Ashton, English guitarist (The Psychedelic Furs)

1957 – Richard Barbieri, British keyboardist (Porcupine Tree)

1962 – Bo Jackson, American football and baseball player

Died on This Day

1916 – Dorrit Weixler, German actress (b. 1892)

Dorrit Weixler

1934 – Hélène Boucher, French aviatrix (b. 1908)

1947 - Ernst Lubitsch, gifted film German director (b. 1892)

1979 – Zeppo Marx, American actor and comedian (b. 1901)

1998 – Margaret Walker, African-American poet (b. 1915)

1999 – Charlie Byrd, American jazz guitarist (b. 1925)

2003 – Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer, first to swim the English Channel. (b. 1906)

2005 – Jean Parker, American actress (b. 1915)


Today is

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National Mousse Day


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