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Good morning, Effers! I trust you have a pleasant Sunday planned.

Today is National Chocolate cake day, so if you please, describe your favorite chocolate cake. What is your favorite breakup song? What is the best vacation you ever had in your life? The worst? Should cornbread be sweet?

Now let us muddy our feet in the Twitter Stream. Forgive Bloombito, he's making fun of Bloomberg's mangled Spanish, not the language itself:

Now for some Sunday School:

On This Day

In 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C..

In 1951, nuclear testing began at the Nevada Test Site with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat.

In 1967, astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo 1 spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, Florida.

In 1967, more than 60 nations signed a treaty banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and limiting use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes..

In 1973, the Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.

In 1998, then First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing on NBC's Today show, said that allegations against her husband were the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

In 2006, Western Union delivered its last telegram.

In 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad tablet computer during a presentation in San Francisco.

Born on This Day

1585 – Hendrick Avercamp, Dutch painter (d. 1634)


1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer (d. 1791)

1805 – Samuel Palmer, English artist (d. 1881)


1832 - Arthur Hughes, English Pre-Raphaelite painter (d. 1915)


1832 – Lewis Carroll, English author (d. 1898)

1841 – Arkhip Kuindzhi, Russian painter (d. 1910)


1850 - John Collier, English painter (d. 1934)


1850 – Samuel Gompers, American labor leader (d. 1924)

1850 – Edward J. Smith, English captain of the RMS Titanic (d. 1912)

1885 – Jerome Kern, American composer (d. 1945)

1885 – Maeda Seison, Japanese painter (d. 1977)


1908 – William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (d. 1993)

1918 – Elmore James, American blues musician (d. 1963)

1921 – Donna Reed, American actress (d. 1986)


1926 – Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (d. 2004)

1930 – Bobby Blue Bland, American singer

1936 – Troy Donahue, American actor (d. 2001)

1940 – James Cromwell, American actor

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

1944 – Nick Mason, English drummer (Pink Floyd)

1948 – Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian ballet dancer

1951 – Brian Downey, Irish drummer (Thin Lizzy)

1954 – Ed Schultz, American radio and television political talk show host

1955 – John G. Roberts, American jurist and the 17th Chief Justice of the United States

1959 – Keith Olbermann, American political commentator

1961 – Gillian Gilbert, British musician (New Order and The Other Two)

1961 – Margo Timmins, Canadian singer (Cowboy Junkies)

1964 – Bridget Fonda, American actress

1965 – Alan Cumming, Scottish actor

1968 – Mike Patton, American singer-songwriter (Faith No More)

1969 – Patton Oswalt, American actor and writer

Died on This Day

1595 – Sir Francis Drake, English explorer (b. c.1540)

1651 – Abraham Bloemaert, Dutch painter and printmaker in etching and engraving (b. 1566)


1812 – Captain John Perkins, first black commissioned officer in the Royal Navy

1901 – Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer (b. 1813)

1910 – Thomas Crapper, English inventor (b. 1836)

1972 – Mahalia Jackson, American singer (b. 1911)

1986 – Lilli Palmer, German-born actress (b. 1914)


1993 – André the Giant, French professional wrestler and actor (b. 1946)

2004 – Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)

2007 – Tige Andrews, American actor (b. 1920)

2009 – John Updike, American novelist (b. 1932)

2010 – Zelda Rubinstein, American actress (b. 1933)

2010 – J. D. Salinger, American novelist (b. 1919)

2010 – Howard Zinn, American historian and activist (b. 1922)

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