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In the good old days, we used to theorize that people like Bill Gates or Martha Stewart were the Antichrist. Who would be your candidate for that position today? Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out? What is your favorite kitchen appliance/electric? What's on your bucket list? How many juries have you served on? Did you enjoy the experience? What sports (if any ) are you good at?

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On This Day

In 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt.

In 1937, Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon.

In 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as Premier of Cuba following the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista earlier that year.

In 1961, the DuSable Museum of African American History is chartered.

In 1968, The nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.

In 1985, Hezbollah was founded.

In 2005, the Kyoto Protocol global warming pact, which the U.S. never ratified, went into effect when Russia ratified it

In 2011, Borders bookstore chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Born on This Day

1519 - Gaspard de Coligny, French Huguenot leader (d. 1572)

1787 - Andreas Schelfhout, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer (d. 1870)


1802 - Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, American philosopher (d. 1866)

1884 - Robert J. Flaherty, American filmmaker (d. 1951)

1887 - Kathleen Clifford, American actress (d. 1962)


1898 - Katharine Cornell, American actress (d. 1974)


1901 - Chester Morris, American film actor (d. 1970)


1903 - Edgar Bergen, American ventriloquist (d. 1978)


1909 - Hugh Beaumont, American actor (d. 1982)


1909 - Jeffrey Lynn, American actor (d. 1995)

1916 - Bill Doggett, American pianist and organist (d. 1996)

1918 - Patty Andrews, American singer, member of Andrews Sisters (d. 2013)

1921 - Vera-Ellen, American actress (d. 1981)


1926 - John Schlesinger, English film director (d. 2003)

1927 - June Brown, British actress

1931 - Otis Blackwell, American songwriter (Fever, Great Balls of Fire, Breathless, Don't Be Cruel…) and singer (d. 2002)

1935 - Sonny Bono, American entertainer, politician, tree victim (d. 1998)

1952 - James Ingram, American singer, pianist and composer

1954 - Iain Banks, Scottish author

1957 - LeVar Burton, American actor

1958 - Ice-T, American rapper and actor

1961 - Andy Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran, The Power Station)

1962 - John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV) (d. 2004)

1968 - Warren Ellis, British comic writer

1977 - Brad Walst, American bassist (Three Days Grace)

1980 - Longineu W. Parsons III, American drummer (Yellowcard)

Died on This Day

1823 - Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, French painter (b. 1758)


1899 - Félix Faure, President of France (b. 1841)

1917 - Octave Mirbeau, French writer (b. 1848)

1919 - Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)

Vera God save me from needy men!

1928 - Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (b. 1856)

1967 - Antonio Moreno, Spanish-born actor (b. 1887)

1979 - Louise Allbritton, American actress (b. 1920)

1988 - Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)

1990 - Keith Haring, American artist (b. 1958)

1996 - Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Governor of California (b. 1905)

1996 - Brownie McGhee, American singer (b. 1915)

1996 - Roberto Aizenberg, Argentine painter and sculptor (b. 1922)

2000 - Marceline Day, American actress (b. 1908)

She's clearly setting up a straw man.

2000 - Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (b. 1918)

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