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Ah Saturday. If only you didn't have cats/dogs/children/the wrong job (pick one) you'd be able to sleep in! If you don't see me right away, I'm buried under the covers refusing to get up.

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This is rude, but I laughed, please forgive me!

Now, on to the history lesson.  Please refrain from making too much noise, I am trying to sleep.

On This Day

In 1660, a woman (either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) got to play a woman on the English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare's  Othello.

In 1927, the Brookings Institution, one of the country’s oldest think tanks, was founded when three organizations that had been created by philanthropist Robert S. Brookings merged. He could have saved a lot of time by just creating one to begin with!

In 1962, workers at four New York City newspapers (later nine) went on a strike that lasted for 114 days.

In 1980, former Beatle  John Lennon was murdered by a mentally unstable fan in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City.

In 1993, the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Born on This Day

1542 – Mary, Queen of Scots (d. 1587)

1626 – Queen Christina of Sweden (d. 1689)

1765 – Eli Whitney, American inventor (d. 1825)

1815 – Adolph Menzel, German painter and graphic artist (d. 1905)

Menzel, Adolf (1815-1905) - 1867 View from a Window in the Marienstrasse (Oskar Reinhart Collection, Winterhur, Switzerland)

1818 – Charles III, Prince of Monaco, founder of the Monte Carlo casino (d. 1889)

1861 – Georges Méliès, French filmmaker and innovator (see the film Hugo if you have not yet done so). (d. 1938)

j'aime beaucoup georges méliès

1861 - Aristide Maillol, French painter/sculptor (d. 1944)

Nationalpark De Hoge Veluwe - Aristide Maillol

1894 – James Thurber, American humorist and cartoonist (d. 1961)

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1902 – Wifredo Lam, Cuban artist (d. 1982)

Lam, Wilfredo (1902-1982) -1943 The Jungle (Museum of Modern Art, NYC)

1903 - Adele Simpson, NYC, fashion designer (d. 1995)

Dovima modelling Adele Simpson by Richard Avedon

1922 – Lucian Freud, English painter (d. 2011)

Postcard-99: Unsent postcard from London, c. 2002

1922 – Jean Ritchie, American folk singer

1925 – Sammy Davis Jr., American actor and singer (d. 1990)

1930 – Maximilian Schell, Austrian-born Swiss actor and film director

1936 – David Carradine, American actor (d. 2009)

1941 – Bobby Elliott, English musician (Drummer for The Hollies)

1943 – Jim Morrison, American singer (The Doors) (d. 1971)

1943 – Mary Woronov, American actress

1947 – Gregg Allman, American musician (The Allman Brothers Band)

1951 – Bill Bryson, American author

1961 – Ann Coulter, demented American political commentator

1962 – Wendell Pierce, American actor (Treme)

1966 – Sinéad O'Connor, Irish musician

1976 – Dominic Monaghan, English actor

Died on This Day

1681- Gerard ter Borch the younger, Dutch painter (b. 1617)

Gerard ter Borch, The Music Lesson.  Around 1670

1722 – Liselotte von der Pfalz, Duchess of Orléans (b. 1652)

1744 – Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle duchess de Châteauroux, mistress of King Louis XV of France (b. 1717)

1793 – Madame du Barry, last royal mistress of France, guillotined (b. 1743)

1954 – Gladys George, American stage and screen actress

Gladys George in

1983 – Slim Pickens, American actor (b. 1919)

1991 – Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1911)

1996 – Howard Rollins, American actor (b. 1950)

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