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Saturday at last! Also Caturday, which is observed by many hereabouts, but seems to discriminate against dogs, who don't have a day. But wait, they say every dog has its day. There are also the dog days of summer, and three dog nights. I think that makes them about even.

What was I talking about?  Oh yeah, welcome to the F Bomb! A Fun place Filled with Friendly people. We don't bite. (Well, unless specifically requested.)

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An old one that I missed, still relevant, I think:

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Now, on to the history lesson!

On This Day

In 1824, no Presidential candidate received a majority of the electoral college votes in the election, so the House of Representatives got to decide the winner (John Quincy Adams) in accordance with the 12th Amendment.

In 1862 , in his President Lincoln’s SOTU speech, he affirmed the necessity of ending slavery, as he had ordered in the Emancipation Proclamation. I believe there was no SOTU drinking game back then, but one can imagine what the words might have been.

In 1885, the soft drink Dr. Pepper was served for the first time at a drug store in Waco, Texas.

In 1913, Ford Motor Company began using the first moving assembly line.

In 1952, the New York Daily News reported the news of Christine Jorgenson’s  sexual reassignment surgery. Hers was not the first case, just the first publicized case.

In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus.

In 1969, the U.S. held its first draft lottery since World War 2 (for Vietnam).

In 1981, the AIDS virus was first clinically observed.  It was not called HIV until 1982, when the discriminatory name “GRID” (gay-related immune difficiency) was replaced.

Born on This Day

1634 - John-Erasmus Quellinus, Flemish painter (d. 1715)

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1716 – Etienne-Maurice Falconet, French sculptor (d. 1791)

The Shepherdess of the Alps

1761 – Marie Tussaud, French creator of wax sculptures (Madame Tussauds) (d. 1850)

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1884 – Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, German painter (d. 1976)

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1886 – Rex Stout, American author (d. 1975)

1910 – Alicia Markova, English ballerina (d. 2004)

Alicia Markova and Oleg Briansky, 1955

1913 – Mary Martin, American actor and singer (d. 1990)

Belated Christmas from Mary Martin

1933 – Lou Rawls, American singer (d. 2006)

1935 – Woody Allen, American film director, actor, and comedian

1940 – Richard Pryor, American comic and actor (d. 2005)

1944 – Eric Bloom, American musician (Blue Öyster Cult)

1944 – John Densmore, American drummer (The Doors)

1945 – Bette Midler, American actress and singer

1951 – Jaco Pastorius, American bassist (Weather Report)( d. 1987)

1961 – Jeremy Northam, English actor

1970 – Sarah Silverman, American actress and comedian

1976 – Laura Ling, American journalist

1976 – Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (d. 1998)

Died on This Day

1723 – Susanna Centlivre, English dramatist and actress (b. 1667)

1825 – Tsar Alexander I of Russia (b. 1777)

1866 – George Everest, Welsh surveyor and namesake of Mt. Everest (b. 1790)

1947 – Aleister Crowley, English occultist (b. 1875)

1987 – James Baldwin, American writer (b. 1924)

1989 – Alvin Ailey, American dancer, choreographer (b. 1931)

Alvin Ailey, 1955

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This Month is

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