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It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that Monday has rolled around again. Rudely awakened by alarm clocks rather than cats, forced out of bed to endure the cold floors, having to find something to wear that won't get you fired... Welcome to the working week!

We have tweets:

This is all over Twitter lately:


Finally maybe some justice for Ruben?

It ain't right.

Now for today's history lesson:

On This Day

In 1817, Mississippi became the 20th U.S. state.

In 1868, the first traffic lights were installed, outside the Palace of Westminster in London. They were similar to railway signals, using semaphore arms, and were lit at night by red and green gas lamps.

In 1884, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published for the first time.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to win a Nobel Prize (the Peace Prize).

In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In 1965, the Grateful Dead performed as the Grateful Dead for the first time.

In 1976, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques.

In 1978, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Born on This Day

1691 - Cornelis Pronk, Dutch etcher, porcelain designer (d. 1759)


1787 - Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American pioneer in the education of the deaf. (d. 1852)

1830 – Emily Dickinson, American poet (d. 1886)

1851 – Melvil Dewey, American librarian and inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. (d. 1931)

1870 – Adolf Loos, influential Austrian architect (d. 1933)

1884 – Zinaida Serebriakova, Russian-born painter (d. 1967)

Serebryakova, Zinaida (1884-1967) - 1914 Lunch Time

1886 – Annie Bos, Dutch actress (d. 1975)


1886 - Victor McLaglen, British actor who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1935 for his role as Gypo Nolan in "The Informer."


1903 – Una Merkel, American actress (d. 1986)

Una Merkel

1907 – Rumer Godden, English writer whose novels I highly recommend. (d. 1998)

1914 – Dorothy Lamour, American actress (d. 1996)

Dorothy Lamour -c.1944

1941 – Chad Stuart, English singer (Chad and Jeremy)

1952 – Susan Dey, American actress

Susan Dey

1957 – Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor (d. 2012)

1960 – Sir Kenneth Branagh, Northern Irish actor and director

1964 – Bobby Flay, American celebrity chef and restaurateur

1965 – J Mascis, American musician

1972 – Brian Molko, Belgian-born singer and songwriter (Placebo)

1974 – Meg White, American drummer (The White Stripes)

Died on This Day

1896 – Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor, Nobel Prize founder (b. 1833)

1920 – Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturer (b. 1868)

1928 – Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect and illustrator (b. 1868)

1946 – Damon Runyon, American writer (b. 1884)

1967 – Otis Redding, American singer (b. 1941)

1978 – Edward D. Wood, Jr., American filmmaker (b. 1924)

1979 – Ann Dvorak, American actress (b. 1912) (seen here in the original Scarface)


1986 – Susan Cabot, American actress (b. 1927)

Susan Cabot

1986 – Kate Wolf, American singer and songwriter (b. 1942)

1987 – Jascha Heifetz, Russian violinist (b. 1901)

1991 – Greta Kempton, American artist (b. 1901)

Harry S. Truman, 1948

1991 – Headman Shabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo) (b. 1945)

1999 – Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band) (b. 1942)

2005 – Eugene McCarthy, America politician (b. 1916)

2005 – Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (b. 1940)

Today is

Shareware Day
Day of the Horse
Human Rights Day
National Lager Day
Festival For The Souls Of Dead Whales

This Week is

Lager Beer Week

Originally posted to J Town on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Protest Music.


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