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.
Your daily Tweet Fest:
This is rude, but I laughed, please forgive me!
Nicki Minaj turns 29 today. Her ass turns 7 in March and her boobs will be 6 in July. #HappyBirthdayBarbie— Todd Williams (@stereowilliams) December 8, 2012
Money can't buy you class but it can buy you enough Republicans to get rid of the middle class. fb.me/28fSMM867— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) December 8, 2012
I live in a right to work state. It's also a right to sleep under a bridge state.— Chris Dashiell (@cdashiell) December 8, 2012
Mom discovered internet commenters today. She's traumatized.— Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally) December 7, 2012
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)
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)
1861 - Aristide Maillol, French painter/sculptor (d. 1944)
1894 – James Thurber, American humorist and cartoonist (d. 1961)
1902 – Wifredo Lam, Cuban artist (d. 1982)
1903 - Adele Simpson, NYC, fashion designer (d. 1995)
1922 – Lucian Freud, English painter (d. 2011)
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)
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
1983 – Slim Pickens, American actor (b. 1919)
1991 – Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1911)
1996 – Howard Rollins, American actor (b. 1950)
National Brownie Day
Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
Take it in the Ear Day
First day of Hanukkah