Have you been to Washington DC? If so, what was the best thing about it?
Have you been to San Diego? If so, what was the best thing about it?
How long has it been since you read "Catcher in the Rye?"
If JFK Jr. hadn't died so tragically 14 years ago, do you think he would have eventually ended up in politics?
Are you you now or have you ever been a fan of Martha Stewart?
The Twitter Emitter
To assume that black people will respond to the Zimmerman verdict with violence is as racist as assuming that Trayvon Martin was suspicious.— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 14, 2013
Lets thank Florida for validating the "He snuck up on me when I was following him from behind" defense. #trayvonmartin”— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 14, 2013
For the last 24 hours, I swear the phrase "unforgivable blackness" has been ringing in the air at a pitch only black boys can hear.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) July 14, 2013
Fox News producers wondering what to run tonight since they spent all that time editing riot footage from 1992 and no riots have occurred.— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) July 15, 2013
The election of a Black President means America is post-racial like the inclusion of a salad on its menu means McDonalds is healthy eats.— Darrin Stephens (@TheSecondDarrin) July 15, 2013
When some tells you the justice system works, ask them who is it working for.— eclecticbrotha (@eclecticbrotha) July 15, 2013
"I'm not Racist But....." gonna be the title of that Zimmerman's Juror's book— Samuel L Dogson (@insanityreport) July 15, 2013
george zimmerman is lucky he didn't kill a white kid or everybody would have found out he's hispanic.— blaine capatch (@blainecapatch) July 15, 2013
Today George Zimmerman is joyfully celebrating his future. And that's just because Twinkies are back.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 15, 2013
REMINDER: "Blowing up the Senate" = "Allowing the president an up or down vote on his executive nominees"— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) July 15, 2013
Rick Perry: "I still have a story to tell for 2016. It's a story of intolerance, climate change denial and...shit, what's that other thing?"— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) July 15, 2013
On This Day
In 1769, Father Junipero Serra founded a mission in Southern California called Mission San Diego de Acala. It eventually grew into the city of San Diego.
In 1790, Washington DC was established as the U.S. Capitol.
In 1935, Oklahoma City introduced the first parking meter. If they only had one, how did they induce people to park in that spot?
In 1945, in Alamagordo, New Mexico, the Manhattan Project detonated a nuclear weapon, an event that signaled the beginning of the Atomic Age.
In 1951, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, was first published.
In 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
In 1979, Saddam Hussein became President of Iraq, replacing the ailing Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr. He had been in control prior to that, but this made it official.
In 1999, JFK Jr., his wife, and his sister-in-law, all died when his plane crashed into the Atlantic near Martha's Vineyard.
In 2004, Millennium Park in Chicago opened.
In 2004, Martha Stewart was sentenced to prison for a crime that a male would probably have gotten away with.
Born on This Day
1719 - Gerrit Zegelaar, Dutch painter (d. 1794)
1722 – Joseph Wilton, English sculptor (d. 1803)
1723 – Joshua Reynolds, English painter (d. 1792)
1796 – Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French painter (d. 1875)
1804 - Adrien Dauzats, French landscape and genre painter (d. 1868)
1821 – Mary Baker Eddy, American writer, founder of Christian Science (d. 1910)
1830 - Charles Meer Webb, British artist (d.1895)
1862 – Ida B. Wells, American civil rights activist (d. 1931) She refused to give up her seat (on a train) 71 years before Rosa Parks.
1866 - Ludovico Tommasi, Italian painter (d. 1941)
1872 – Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer (d. 1928)
1888 – Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player (d. 1951)
1902 – Mary Philbin, American actress (d. 1993)
1907 – Orville Redenbacher, American farmer and businessman (d. 1995)
1907 – Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (d. 1990)
1911 – Ginger Rogers, American actress and dancer (d. 1995)
1911 – Sonny Tufts, American actor (d. 1970)
1924 – Bess Myerson, American model, became the first Jewish Miss America in 1945.
1925 – Cal Tjader, American musician and bandleader (d. 1982)
1939 – Corin Redgrave, English actor and activist (d. 2010)
1941 – Desmond Dekker, Jamaican singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
1946 – Barbara Lee, American politician
1948 – Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1952 – Stewart Copeland, American drummer (The Police, Curved Air, Klark Kent)
1953 – Douglas J. Feith, American wingnut politician
1956 – Tony Kushner, American playwright
1958 – Michael Flatley, Irish-American dancer, choreographer, and actor
1958 – Pierre Roland Renoir, Monaco-Canadian painter
1958 – Mike D. Rogers, Alabaman politician (R-Wingnuttia)
1963 – Phoebe Cates, American actress
1967 – Will Ferrell, American comedian and actor
1969 – Rain Pryor, American actress
1971 – Corey Feldman, American actor and singer
1971 – Ed Kowalczyk, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Live)
1973 – Tim Ryan, American congresscritter (D-OH)
1974 – Jeremy Enigk, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sunny Day Real Estate and The Fire Theft)
1974 – Ryan McCombs, American singer-songwriter and musician (Soil and Drowning Pool)
Died on This Day
1546 – Anne Askew, English poet and Protestant martyr (b. 1521)
1557 – Anne of Cleves (b. 1515), 4th wife of Henry VIII
1747 – Giuseppe Crespi, Italian painter (b. 1665)
1770 – Francis Cotes, English painter (b. 1726)
1833 - Pierre-Narcisse Guerin, painter (b. 1774)
1882 – Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, 17th First Lady of the United States (b. 1818)
1887 - Nicaise de Keyser, Flemish painter (b. 1813)
1910 - Albert Anker, Swiss painter (b. 1831)
1924 - Marius Borgeaud, Swiss painter (b. 1861)
1937 - John Melhuish Strudwick, British Pre-Raphaelite painter (b. 1849)
1949 - Arthur Wardle, British Classicist painter (b. 1864)
1953 – Hilaire Belloc, English-French writer (b. 1870)
1981 – Harry Chapin, American singer-songwriter and musician (b. 1942)
1991 – Robert Motherwell, American painter (b. 1915)
1995 - Patsy Ruth Miller, silent film actress (b. 1904)
2003 – Celia Cruz, Cuban singer (b. 1924)
2012 – Bob Babbitt, American bass player (The Funk Brothers) (b. 1937)
2012 – Stephen Covey, American businessman and author (b. 1932)
2012 – Jon Lord, English singer-songwriter, pianist, and composer (Deep Purple, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men) (b. 1941)
2012 – Kitty Wells, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1919)
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