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Questions, I has them: What was your least favorite subject in school? Do you still hate it? Do you have any phobias? What are you allergic to? Are there any public figures that you might as well be allergic to? What present day fashion can you NOT get on board with?
Row, row, row your boat gently down the Twitter stream...
@scalzi "If only I could spread cookie on my cookie!" was the thought that led to an instance of infinite recursion which ended the galaxy.
In 1709, Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, was rescued after being shipwrecked on a deserted island off the coast of Chile.
In 1790, the Supreme Court of the United States convened for the first time in New York City.
In 1861, Texas voted to secede from the Union.
In 1865, Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
In 1958, Egypt and Syria merged to form the United Arab Republic, which lasted almost 3 years (it dissolved in 1961).
In 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service.
In 1978, Polish film director Roman Polanski skipped bail and fled the United States to avoid prosecution for having sex with a 13 year old girl.
In 1982, "Late Night with David Letterman" premiered on NBC.
In 1996, the Communications Decency Act was passed by Congress. It regulated, among other things, decency on the Internet. Parts were blocked and later struck down.
In 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrated during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard. It was 17 years and a few days after the Challenger accident.
In 2004, Janet Jackson's infamous Super Bowl halftime wardrobe malfunction occurred. The Bush era FCC counted every single e-mail received, unread, as a complaint, even though many were in support of Jackson.
Born on This Day
1710 - Konrad Ernst Ackermann, German actor (d. 1771)
1801 - Thomas Cole, English-born American landscape painter of the Hudson River School (d. 1848)
1859 - Victor Herbert, Irish composer (d. 1924)
1894 - John Ford, American director and producer (d. 1973)
1901 - Clark Gable, American actor (d. 1960)
1902 - Langston Hughes African-American poet and author (d. 1967)
1904 - S. J. Perelman, American humorist (d. 1979)
1906 - Helen Chandler, American stage and screen actress (d. 1965)
1906 - Hildegarde, American actress and singer (d. 2005)
1908 - George Pal, Hungarian-born director and producer (d. 1980)
1928 - Stuart Whitman, American actor
1931 - Boris Yeltsin, 1st President of the Russian Federation (d. 2007)
1934 - Bob Shane, American singer (The Kingston Trio)
1937 - Don Everly, American musician (Everly Brothers)
1937 - Garrett Morris, American comedian
1937 - Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show)
1938 - Sherman Hemsley, American comedian and actor (d. 2012)
1938 - Jimmy Carl Black, drummer (Mothers of Invention) (d. 2008)
1939 - Joe Sample, American pianist (The Crusaders)
1942 - Terry Jones, Welsh actor and writer (Monty Python)
1947 - Jessica Savitch, American journalist (d. 1983)
1948 - Rick James, American musician and composer (d. 2004)
1950 - Mike Campbell, American guitarist and producer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
1951 - Sonny Landreth, American guitarist and songwriter
1954 - Chuck Dukowski, American musician (Black Flag)
1954 - Bill Mumy, American actor and musician
1956 - Exene Cervenka, American musician (X) (and ex-Mrs. Viggo Mortensen, but I suppose that is irrelevant) ;-)
1965 - Sherilyn Fenn, American actress
1965 - Brandon Lee, American actor (d. 1993)
1969 - Andrew Breitbart, very angry American blogger and conservative political commentator (d. 2012)
1969 - Patrick Wilson, American musician (Weezer)
1975 - Big Boi, American musician (Outkast)
Died on This Day
1850 - Edward Baker Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1846)
1851 - Mary Shelley, English author (b. 1797)
1878 - George Cruikshank, British caricaturist and illustrator (b. 1792)
1905 - Oswald Achenbach, German painter (b. 1827)
1922 - William Desmond Taylor, American actor and director whose still unsolved murder was a huge Hollywood scandal back in the day. (b. 1872)
1944 - Piet Mondriaan, Dutch painter (b. 1872)
1959 - Madame Sul-Te-Wan, American actress (b. 1873)
1966 - Hedda Hopper, American actress and gossip columnist (b. 1885)
1966 - Buster Keaton, American actor (b. 1895)
1989 - Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918) This painting is of de Kooning by Argentinean painter Raquel Partnoy.
1991 - Carol Dempster, American actress (b. 1901)
1997 - Herb Caen, American columnist (b. 1916)
2002 - Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (b. 1925)
2003 - Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist and band leader (b. 1922)
2004 - May O'Donnell, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1909)
2012 - Don Cornelius, American TV host (b. 1936)
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