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Happy Hump day, Effers! Wednesday, also (for me) gym day, which equates to feline resentment day…

A few questions: Do drinks taste better out of bottles or cans? What food does everyone else love but you hate? What sounds best? Records, CDs or MP3s (and other electronic variations)? Have you ever caught yourself saying, "When I was your age…?" Did you stop yourself in time? Hardwood or carpet? White, whole wheat, sourdough, rye, pumpernickel, or other? What do you mean, "it depends???"  Has your handwriting deteriorated with the advent of computers? Has anything else? Can you still be a feminist and be subservient to shoes?

Let's have some Tweets:

Now, on to the history lesson!

On This Day

In 1547, Ivan the Terrible (Ivan IV) became Czar of Russian

In 1581, English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism.

In 1786, Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom, authored by Thomas Jefferson

In 1847, John C. Fremont became Governor of the new California territory.

In 1909, Ernest Shackleton's expedition found the magnetic South Pole.

In 1920, Prohibition began as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect.

In 1969, two manned Soviet Soyuz spaceships became the first vehicles to dock in space and transfer personnel.

In 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.

In 1992, El Salvador's government and rebel leaders signed a pact in Mexico City that put an end to the 12 years of civil war that had killed at least 75,000 people.

In 2006, Africa's first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was sworn in as Liberia's president.

In 2007, some guy named Barack Obama launched his bid for the Presidency.

Born on This Day

1477 – Johannes Schöner, German astronomer and cartographer (d. 1547)

1626 – Lucas Achtschellinck, Flemish painter (d. 1699)

Your pretty pic of the day.

1853 – Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, English actor and theatre manager (d. 1937)

Galadriel! AWESOME!

1872 – Edward Gordon Craig, English actor, producer, director and scenic designer, also the illegitimate (is there a nice word for that?) son of famed actress Ellen Terry. (d. 1966)

This was during his Ziggy Stardust phase.

1878 – Harry Carey, American silent film actor (d. 1947)

Harry is ready to kick some Republican butt.

1886 – John Hamilton, American actor (d. 1958)

1901 – Frank Zamboni, American inventor (d. 1988)

1906 – Diana Wynyard, British actress (d. 1964)

Wake me up when the whole debt ceiling thing is settled.

1907 – Alexander Knox, Canadian actor (d. 1995)

1908 – Ethel Merman, American actress and singer (d. 1984)

Ethel tries to talk Baby Toots out of hogging the spotlight.

1910 – Dizzy Dean, American baseball player (d. 1974)

1920 – Elliott Reid, American actor

1921 – Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (d. 2004)

1924 – Katy Jurado, Mexican actress (d. 2002)

Why Grace, I can't believe you'd choose this wrinkled old geezer over ME!

1932 – Dian Fossey, American zoologist (d. 1985)

1933 – Susan Sontag, American writer (d. 2004)

1947 – Sarah Jane Olson, American political activist

1947 – Laura Schlessinger, American wingnut radio talk show host

1948 – John Carpenter, American film director

1949 – Caroline Munro, British actress

1950 – Debbie Allen, American dancer and choreographer

1959 – Sade, Nigerian-born singer

1961 – Paul Raven, English musician (Killing Joke, Prong, and Ministry) (d. 2007)

1962 – Paul Webb, British musician (Talk Talk, .O.rang)

1965 – Maxine Jones, American singer (En Vogue)

1965 – Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter

1974 – Kate Moss, English model who was criticized as encouraging poor body image in young girls (and was one of the first to represent "heroin chic.")

1979 – Aaliyah, American singer and actress (d. 2001)

1981 – Nick Valensi, American guitarist (The Strokes)

Died on This Day

1752 – Francis Blomefield, English topographer (b. 1705)

1794 – Edward Gibbon, English historian (b. 1737)

1901 – Arnold Böcklin, Swiss painter (b. 1827)

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Plastics.

1901 – Hiram Revels, first African-American to serve in the U. S. Senate (b. 1822)

1906 – Marshall Field, American entrepreneur (b. 1834)

1935 – Ma Barker, American criminal (b. 1871)

1936 – Albert Fish, American serial killer (b. 1870)

1942 – Carole Lombard, American actress (b. 1908)

Yes, I do need to pee, why do you ask?

1981 – Bernard Lee, English actor (b. 1908)

1993 - Florence Desmond, [Dawson], actress (b. 1905)

2009 – Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (b. 1917)

Today is

National Nothing Day
International Hot & Spicy Food Day
National Nothing Day
Dragon Appreciation Day
Religious Freedom Day
Hot & Spicy Food Day
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