Skip to main content

Good morning! Today is Feralia, ancient Roman holiday (no Audrey Hepburn involved). Check out this ritual (which is just part of it):

The ritual consists of the old woman placing three bits of incense, with three of her fingers, beneath a threshold where a mouse is unknowingly buried. She then rolls seven black beans in her mouth, and smears the head of a fish with pitch, impaling it with a bronze needle, and roasting it in a fire.
I wonder about that mouse. How is it unknowingly buried? Does the mouse not know it's buried, or does the old woman not know it's buried?

Interrogatories

What is the oldest thing you own? What nicknames have your friends and family given you? What category in Trivial Pursuit (assuming you ever played) was your best? (Geography, Science and Nature, Sports and Leisure, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature) Which was your worst? Do you have any hobbies, and if so, what are they? Do you get seasick/carsick or any other kind of motion sickness?

The Twitter Emitter

On This Day

In 1245, Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, was granted resignation after confessing to torture and forgery. But they can't do the same in the present day for child molesters?

In 1848, former President John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. (He died two days later.)

In 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto.

In 1874, the Oakland Daily Tribune published its first edition.

In 1878, the first telephone directory was issued, by the District Telephone Co. of New Haven, Conn.

In 1885, the newly completed Washington Monument was dedicated.

In 1925, The New Yorker magazine made its debut.

In 1947, Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.

In 1948, NASCAR was incorporated.

In 1965, former Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was shot and killed by assassins identified as Black Muslims as he was about to address a rally in New York City; he was 39.

In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China.

In 1975, Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.

Born on This Day

1621 - Rebecca Nurse, English colonist executed during Salem witch trials (d. 1692)

1728 - Tsar Peter III of Russia, husband of Catherine the Great (d. 1762)

1815 - Ernest Meissonier, French painter and sculptor (d. 1891)

Photobucket

1876 - Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (d. 1956)

Photobucket

1885 - Sacha Guitry, Russian dramatist (d. 1957)

1893 - Celia Lovsky, Russian-born actress (d. 1979)

Photobucket

1893 - Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (d. 1987)

1900 - Madeleine Renaud, French theater actress (d. 1994)

Photobucket

1903 - Anaïs Nin, French diarist (d. 1977)

1903 - Scrapper Blackwell, American blues guitarist and singer (d. 1962)

1909 - Hans Erni, Swiss painter

Photobucket

1915 - Ann Sheridan, American actress (d. 1967)

She's ready for NASCAR. Is NASCAR ready for her?

1917 - Lucille Bremer, American actress (d. 1996)

We're going to take a bath in the housing bubble? Or are we taking a bubble bath in the house?

1924 - Robert Mugabe, dictator of Zimbabwe 1987-present

1927 - Erma Bombeck, American humorist (d. 1996)

1927 - Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer

Take me out to the ball. are you game?

1933 - Nina Simone, American singer (d. 2003)

1936 - Barbara Jordan, American politician (d. 1996)

1940 - John Lewis, American politician and civil rights activist

1943 - David Geffen, American record producer

1945 - Paul Newton, British musician (Uriah Heep)

1946 - Alan Rickman, English actor

1947 - Olympia Snowe, American politician

1949 - Jerry Harrison, American musician (Talking Heads and The Modern Lovers)

1951 - Vince Welnick, American musician (The Grateful Dead and The Tubes) (d. 2006)

1952 - Jean Jacques Burnel, British musician (The Stranglers)

1955 - Kelsey Grammer, American actor

1958 - Jake Burns, Irish singer (Stiff Little Fingers)

1958 - Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer

1960 - Steve Wynn, American singer/songwriter (Dream Syndicate)

1962 - Chuck Palahniuk, American writer

1964 - Mark Kelly, American astronaut

1973 - Justin Sane, American musician (Anti-Flag)

1975 - Wish Bone, American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)

1982 - Chantal Claret, American singer (Morningwood)

1987 - Ellen Page, Canadian actress

1996 - Sophie Turner, English actress (Game of Thrones)

Died on This Day

1513 - Pope Julius II (b. 1443)

1624 - Dirck van Baburen, Dutch painter (b. 1595)

Photobucket

1668 - John Thurloe, English Puritan spy (b. 1616)

1677 - Baruch Spinoza, Dutch philosopher (b. 1632)

1730 - Pope Benedict XIII (b. 1649)

1824 - Eugène de Beauharnais, son of Napoleon's wife, Josephine (b. 1781)

1894 - Gustave Caillebotte, French painter (b. 1848)

Lunch. 1876 Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894), Private collection.

1920 - Vladimir Makovsky, Russian painter (b. 1846)

Photobucket

1972 - Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)

1982 - Murray the K, American impresario and disc jockey (b. 1922)

1982 - Gershom Scholem, German-born Israeli Jewish philosopher and historian (b. 1897)

1985 - Louis Hayward, British actor (b. 1909)

1985 - Ina Claire, American actress (b. 1893)

Photobucket

1991 - Dame Margot Fonteyn, English ballet dancer (b. 1919)

1999 - Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1918)

2008 - Sunny Lowry, first British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)

Today is

International Mother Language Day
Feralia
National Sticky Bun Day
Card Reading Day

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site