:::yawn::: Good morning. I hope the day finds you well. And the night, and even the following mooring.
Some questions for today: Do famous people deserve privacy? Thai or Chinese? Purebred or mutt? Shaved head or comb-over? Favorite childhood cartoons? Fat or skinny fries? Fave milkshake flavor? Favorite dessert? So, Ann Romney turned down Dancing With the Stars? Are you disappointed?
I like hearing how actors shouldn't have political opinions from people who worship Ronald Reagan.
In 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey.
In 1759, the British Museum opened to the public.
In 1844, the University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.
In 1889, the Coca Cola Company, at the time known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, incorporated in Atlanta, GA. And not entirely relevant, but may I say their old factory near downtown L.A. is one of the coolest art deco works ever?
In 1908, the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority became the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African American college women.
In 1919, 21 people were killed and 150 injured in Boston when a giant molasses tank burst and the ensuing wave of sticky goo rushed through the streets. The Molasses Control lobby won the day, and such a tragedy has not occurred since.
In 1967, the first Super Bowl was played between the Green Bay Packers of the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL. The Packers defeated the Chiefs 35-10.
In 1970, Moammar (Muammar, etc.) Gaddafi (Kadafi, Qaddafi, etc.) became Premier (dictator, tyrant, etc.) of Libya.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.
In 1978, Serial killer (and Republican, if that is relevant) Ted Bundy murdered two students in a sorority house at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
In 2001, Wikipedia made its debut on the Internets. It's a great resource, though you really do have to double check the info posted thereon.
In 2009, US Airways Capt Chelsey Sullenberger (a Democrat, if that is relevant guided a jetliner disabled by a bird strike just after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport to a safe landing in the Hudson River. All 155 people aboard survived.
Born on This Day
1622 - Molière, French playwright (d. 1673)
1754 - Richard Martin, Irish animal rights activist (d. 1834)
1824 - Marie Duplessis, French courtesan who was the primary inspiration for Dumas' La Dame aux Camélias. (d. 1847)
1858 - Giovanni Segantini, Italian painter (d. 1899)
1870 - Pierre S. du Pont, American businessman (d. 1954)
1892 - Rex Ingram, Irish director (not to be confused with the African-American actor whose life spanned roughly the same period) (d. 1950)
1893 - Ivor Novello, Welsh composer and actor (d. 1951)
1905 - Torin Thatcher, English actor (d. 1981)
1906 - Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate (d. 1975)
1908 - Edward Teller, Hungarian-born physicist (d. 2003)
1909 - Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer (d. 1939)
1909 - Gene Krupa, American drummer (d. 1973)
1913 - Lloyd Bridges, American actor (d. 1998)
1918 - Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt (d. 1970)
1921 - Frank Thornton, English actor
1926 - Maria Schell, Austrian actress (d. 2005)
1927 - Phyllis Coates, American actress
1929 - Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1968)
1937 - Margaret O'Brien, American actress
1941 - Captain Beefheart, American musician and visual artist (d. 2010)
1945 - Vincent Foster Jr., American lawyer (d. 1993, apparently most foully murdered by Hillary Clinton)
1948 - Ronnie Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 1977)
1957 - Mario Van Peebles, American actor
1965 - Adam Jones, American musician (Tool)
1966 - Lisa Lisa, American R&B singer
1979 - Drew Brees, American football player
Died on This Day
1684 - Caspar Netscher, Dutch portrait painter (b. ca 1639)
1815 - Emma, Lady Hamilton, English mistress of Lord Nelson (b. 1761)
1876 - Eliza Johnson, U.S. First Lady (b. 1810)
1893 - Fanny Kemble, British actress and author and abolitionist (b. 1809)
1896 - Mathew Brady, U.S. photographer (b. 1822)
1947 - Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia (b. 1924)
1955 - Yves Tanguy, French painter (b. 1900)
1964 - Jack Teagarden, American musician (b. 1905)