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Happy hump day, F Troopers!  The weather report warns of lightning storms and flash flooding on the GOS (flooding undoubtedly caused by tears of impotent rage). It is recommended that you stay inside where it is safe and warm, and we argue about more important things, like…

Do you pronounce the 't' in often? (Do you pronounce the 't' in soften?) Utilize instead of use: a bad or good thing? Yes, you can utilize that room as an office, but when you have been treated badly by your date, do you feel utilized? Would you buy a utilized car? Where do we draw the line? Who is worse, Nickelback or Creed? If you like one or the other, are you willing to admit it? Does the imminent return of high waisted pants delight or terrify you? What is your favorite decade (or era) for movies?

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Now, time for our history lesson!

On This Day

In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to be admitted to the United States.

In 1793, Jean-Pierre Blanchard became the first person to fly a hot air balloon in the United States.

In 1861, Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union before the outbreak of the American Civil War.

In 1903, Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota was established.

In 1908, Muir Woods National Monument (where the trees are definitely the right height) in Marin County, California, was established.

In 1956, the advice column Dear Abby first appeared in newspapers.

In 1979, the Supreme Court struck down (6-3) a Pennsylvania law requiring doctors performing abortions to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses.

Born on This Day

1854 – Jennie Jerome, American socialite and mother of Winston Churchill (d. 1921)

1859 – Carrie Chapman Catt, American suffragist leader (d. 1947)

1886 - Albert Baertsoen, Flemish painter/etcher (d. 1922)

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1875 – Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (d. 1942)

1898 – Vilma Banky, Hungarian actress (d. 1991)

Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky

1898 – Gracie Fields, English music hall performer (d. 1979)

Gracie Fields

1911 – Gypsy Rose Lee, American burlesque entertainer, dancer, actress, and author (d. 1970)

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1913 – Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States (d. 1994)

1914 – Kenny (Klook) Clarke, American jazz drummer and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet) (d. 1985)

1915 – Fernando Lamas, Argentine actor (d. 1982)

1915 – Anita Louise, American actress (d. 1970)

Fluffy suffered from paralyzing stage fright.

1925 – Lee Van Cleef, American actor (d. 1989)

1939 – Susannah York, British actress (d. 2011)

1941 – Joan Baez, American singer and activist

1944 – Jimmy Page, British musician and producer (The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin)

1965 – Eric Erlandson, American musician (Hole and RRIICCEE)

1965 – Joely Richardson, British actress

1967 – Steve Harwell, American singer and musician (Smash Mouth)

1967 – Dave Matthews, South African singer and musician (Dave Matthews Band)

1982 – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

1987 – Paolo Nutini, Scottish singer-songwriter

Died on This Day

1677 – Aert van der Neer, Dutch painter (b. 1603)

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1805 – Noble Wimberly Jones, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)

1858 – Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas (suicide) (b. 1798)

1877 - Alexander Brullov, Russian painter (b. 1798)

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1908 – Wilhelm Busch, German illustrator and painter (b. 1832)

All those meta wars make little Willy so cranky.

1936 - John Gilbert, American silent film star (b. 1897)

John Gilbert

1972 – Ted Shawn, American dancer (b. 1891)

Ted Shawn, at Mt. Lowe, with Denishawn students Florence O'D...

1975 – Pierre Fresnay, French actor (b. 1897)

Pierre Fresnay

1995 – Peter Cook, British actor and comedian (b. 1937)

Today is

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