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Happy Sat-- Cat-- Fat? urday! (I always have a massive breakfast on Saturdays, so the latter certainly applies here.)

My nosiness knows no bounds! Today's questions: Boxers or briefs or boxer briefs? Or for women: Granny panties, bikini briefs, butt floss, or one of those other fits? Who was the first live musical act you ever saw? What was the first play you ever saw (school plays don't count)? What is your favorite Shakespeare play? What is your favorite cocktail? Whose poster did you have on the wall when you were a kid?

From the Twitterverse:

Now, on to the history lesson!

On This Day

In 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union, joining South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama.

In 1863, The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, as built by Thomas Edison, went into operation at Roselle, New Jersey.

In 1920, The U.S. Senate voted against joining the League of Nations.

In 1935, a company called Coopers, Inc. began selling the first briefs, dubbed "The Jockey" because they claimed to provide the same support as a jockstrap. Thus the tighty-whitey was born!

In 1953, 71.7% of all U.S. televisions tuned in to watch Little Ricky's birth on I Love Lucy.

In 1981, the United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.

In 2001, in a deal sparing himself possible indictment, President Bill Clinton acknowledged for the first time making false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky; he also surrendered his law license for five years.

In 2006, an unmanned NASA spacecraft, the "New Horizons" probe, blasted off on a 3 billion-mile journey to Pluto.

Born on This Day

1736 - James Watt, Scottish inventor  of the steam engine. (d. 1819)

1807 – Robert E. Lee, American Confederate general (d. 1870)

1809 – Edgar Allan Poe, American writer and poet (d. 1849)

1839 – Paul Cézanne, French painter (d. 1906)


1877 - Charles Coburn, American actor (Devil & Miss Jones, The More the Merrier) (d. 1961)


1887 – Alexander Woollcott, American intellectual who was the inspiration for Sheridan Whiteside in the play, "The Man Who Came to Dinner" and Waldo Lydecker in the film "Laura".(d. 1943)

1889 – Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss painter and sculptor (d. 1943)


1897 - Natacha Rambova, American costume and set designer, one time wife of Rudolph Valentino


1907 - Lilian Harvey, British actress (d. 1968)

This could be considered a net gain, overall.

1917 – John Raitt, American singer and actor and the father of Bonnie Raitt. (d. 2005)

1921 – Patricia Highsmith, American author (The Talented Mr. Ripley)  (d. 1995)

1922 – Guy Madison, American actor (d. 1996)

There are no subliminal messages here. Move along.

1923 – Jean Stapleton, American actress

1926 – Fritz Weaver, American actor

1930 – Tippi Hedren, American actress

It sounds like he’s saying, ‘Nevermore.’

1932 – Richard Lester, British director (A Hard Day's Night)

1939 – Phil Everly, American musician

1942 – Michael Crawford, British singer and actor

1943 – Janis Joplin, American singer (Big Brother and the Holding Company) (d. 1970)

1944 – Shelley Fabares, American actress

1945 – Trevor Williams, English Bass Guitarist (Audience and The Nashville Teens)

1946 – Dolly Parton, American singer and actress

1947 – Paula Deen, American chef and restaurateur

1947 – Rod Evans, British musician (Deep Purple and Captain Beyond)

1949 – Robert Palmer, English singer and guitarist (Power Station) (d. 2003)

1958 – Thomas Kinkade, American painter (d. 2012)

1963 – Martin Bashir, Pakistani-born reporter

1963 – Caron Wheeler, British singer (Soul II Soul)

1968 – Whitfield Crane, American musician (Ugly Kid Joe, Medication and Another Animal)

1971 – Shawn Wayans, American actor

1971 – John Wozniak, American singer and songwriter (Marcy Playground)

1972 – Drea de Matteo, American actress

Died on This Day

1915 – Thomas Herbst, German painter (b. 1848)


1967 - Grace Cunard, actress (b. 1893)

1971 – Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)

1975 - Thomas Hart Benton, American painter (b. 1889)


1980 – William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1898)

1998 – Carl Perkins, American guitarist (b. 1932)

2000 – Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-born actress and inventor (b. 1913)


2001 – Dario Vittori, Argentine actor (b. 1921)

2003 – Françoise Giroud, French writer and journalist (b. 1916)

2006 – Anthony Franciosa, American actor (b. 1928)

2006 – Wilson Pickett, American singer (b. 1941)

2007 - Denny Doherty, Canadian singer (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1940)

2008 – Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)

2008 – John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)

Today is

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Tin Can Day
New Friends Day
Brew A Potion Day
International Sing-Out Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day


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