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Good morning, Bombers. Yesterday my news feed was all about the Baseball Hall of Fame (abbreviated HOF on Twitter, which to me means "Hair on Fire," but that's another controversy) and OMG, Obama doesn't believe in diversity! (The two female Supreme Court Justices don't count.)

Today's REALLY IMPORTANT controversies are: Was the 1970s "disco sucks" movement racist? Coffee: dark roast or medium roast? African, Central/South American, Indonesian, Jamaican? Tapioca: Yummy or intrinsically creepy? Cats: Long hair or short hair? Wine: White or red? Homeowners' Associations: Evil or just Nasty?

From The 10 best rape prevention tips you will ever see:

Today's Twitter Roundup:

Now, on to the history lesson!

On This Day

In 49 BC, Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, signaling the start of a civil war and of a cliche.

In 1776, Thomas Paine published "Common Sense." It turns out not to be so common after all.

In 1810, Napoleon Bonaparte divorced Josephine, his first wife.

In 1861, Florida seceded from the Union.

In 1870, Standard Oil was incorporated by John D. Rockefeller.

In 1927, Fritz Lang's cult classic film "Metropolis" opened in Germany.

In 1929, "The Adventures of Tintin" was published for the first time.

In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London.

In 1964, the Beatles' first U.S. album, "Introducing the Beatles" (brilliant title, that) was released.

In 1971, "Masterpiece Theatre" premiered on PBS, with "The First Churchills" as the opening series, and with Alistair Cooke hosting.

In 2007, George W. Bush announced the "surge" of 21,500 troops to Iraq.

Born on This Day

1702 – Johannes Zick, German painter (d. 1762)


1810 - Jeremiah S. Black, 24th U.S. Attorney General and 23rd Secretary of State.  (d. 1883)

1843 – Frank James, American outlaw (d. 1915)

1853 – Jessie Bond, English singer and actress (d. 1942)


1858 – Heinrich Zille, German illustrator and photographer (d. 1929)


1883 – Francis X. Bushman, American silent film star (d. 1966)

1890 – Pina Menichelli, Italian silent film star (d. 1984)

Pina Menichelli

1904 – Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (d. 1987)

1916 – Eldzier Cortor, African-American painter


1917 – Hilde Krahl, Austrian actress (d. 1999)

1917 – Jerry Wexler, American record producer (d. 2008)

1924 – Max Roach, American musician and composer (M'Boom) (d. 2007)

1927 – Johnnie Ray, American singer (d. 1990)

1930 – Elaine Devry, American actress and ex-Mrs. Mickey Rooney


1935 – Ronnie Hawkins, American musician

1938 – Willie McCovey, American baseball player

1939 – Scott McKenzie, American singer

1939 – Sal Mineo, American actor (d. 1976)


1943 – Jim Croce, American singer (d. 1973)

1945 – Rod Stewart, Scottish singer ( The Jeff Beck Group and Faces)

1946 – Aynsley Dunbar, English drummer. Let's hope that wiki is right that he played on this one.

1949 – George Foreman, American boxer

1953 – Pat Benatar, American singer

1956 – Shawn Colvin, American singer


Died onThis Day

1654 – Nicholas Culpeper, English botanist, herbalist, physician, and astrologer (b. 1616)

1777 – Spranger Barry, Irish actor (b. 1719)

1883 – Dr Samuel A. Mudd, American medical doctor (b. 1833)

1904 – Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (b. 1824)

Jean-Léon Gérôme - The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayers at Walters Art Galler Baltimore, MD

1917 – William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, American frontiersman (b. 1846)

1941 – Sir John Lavery, Northern Irish artist (b. 1856)


1951 – Sinclair Lewis, American writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)

1961 – Dashiell Hammett, American writer (b. 1894)

1968 – Basil Sydney, English actor (b. 1894)

KEANE, Doris & Basil Sydney in Romance_Beagles. 237 X.. Photo Foulsham & Banfield

1971 – Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (b. 1883)

1976 – Howlin' Wolf, American musician (b. 1910)

1982 – Paul Lynde, American comedian (b. 1926)

2004 – Spalding Gray, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1941)

Today is

Bittersweet Chocolate Day
Peculiar People Day
National Cut your Energy Costs Day (in the middle of winter?)
Houseplant Appreciation Day


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