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Your eyes are glued shut from weeping in your sleep (because MONDAY was coming). Your head throbs from the barometric changes.  Rain is pouring down outside and that drop of water thudding on your head was either a leak or the damned cat drooling on you. Suddenly a loud buzz sounds in your ears. The alarm! Yes, it's MONDAY!

Get up.




oh never mind

Let me rifle through my Tweet file and see if I have any eye openers.  Coffee should be ready soon.

(if the pic here doesn't show, click the link - I may do this this year!)

It's always fun to read about Orly Taitz being defeated yet again.

I love it when my elitist hatred of vinyl windows is justified (especially the despicable fake divided lights). Apologies to all who have them. ;-)

Now, on to the history lesson! Hey! I thought I told you to get UP!

On This Day

In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.

In 1901, Teddy Roosevelt gave a lengthy speech asking the House to curb the power of trusts "within reasonable limits".

In 1960, the musical Camelot premiered at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. It later became associated with the Kennedy administration (though most of them couldn’t sing).

In 1964, police arrested more than 800 students at UC Berkeley, who had taken over and were conducting a sit-in at the administration building to protest the UC Regents' decision to ban protests on UC property.

In 1967, in Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky).

In 1984, at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, a methyl isocyanate leak killed more than 3,800 people immediately and injured between 150,000–600,000 others. (An estimated 6,000 of them later died from their injuries.) It was one of the worst industrial disasters in history. (But of course we don’t need regulations.)  

In 1997, in Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries signed The Ottawa treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel land mines. The United States, People's Republic of China, and Russia, the three that most needed to, did not sign the treaty.

Born on This Day

1755 – Gilbert Stuart, American painter (d. 1828)

1826 – George B. McClellan, American Civil War general (d. 1885)

Major General George B McClellan

1830 - Frederic Leighton, painter (d. 1896)


1842 – Ellen Swallow Richards, American scientist. She was the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its first female instructor, the first woman in America accepted to any school of science and technology, and the first American woman to earn a degree in chemistry  (d. 1911)


1875 – Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (d. 1955)


1895 – Anna Freud, Austrian-born British psychoanalyst (d. 1982)

1908 - Anna Sten, Ukrainian actress (d. 1993)

Anna Sten, 1934

1911 – Nino Rota, Italian composer (d. 1979)

1922 – Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer, who worked extensively with Ingmar Bergman. (d. 2006)

1930 – Jean-Luc Godard, French film director

1947 – Patricia Krenwinkel, American murderess

1948 – Ozzy Osbourne, English singer

1960 – Julianne Moore, American actress

1963 – Joe Lally, American musician (Fugazi)

1963 – Terri Schiavo, American right to die figure (d. 2005)

1968 – Brendan Fraser, Canadian-American actor

Died on This Day

1789 – Claude Joseph Vernet, French painter (b. 1714)

Shipwreck, Claude Joseph Vernet, 1759

1888 – Carl Zeiss, German lens maker (b. 1816)

1910 – Mary Baker Eddy, Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist (b. 1821)

1919 – Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French impressionist painter (b. 1841)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Woman reading

1941 – Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (b. 1883)

Filonov, Pavel (1883-1941) - 1915  Portrait of  Franzevich Aziiber with his Son

1949 – Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian-American actress (b. 1876)

1972 – Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)

1994 – Elizabeth Glaser, AIDS activist (b. 1947)

1999 – Madeline Kahn, American actress (b. 1942)

1999 – Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)

2003 – David Hemmings, English actor (b. 1941)


2006 – Logan Whitehurst, American musician (b. 1977)

2009 – Richard Todd, British actor (b. 1919)

Today is

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
National Apple Pie Day
National Peppermint Latte Day
National Roof over Your Head Day
Make a Gift Day

This Week is

Cookie Cutter Week
Deaf Heritage Week
National Aplastic Anemia Awareness Week
National Hand Washing Awareness Week



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