Good morning, Bombadillos! I ache fiercely all over from yesterday's workout, but it's a good ache. Nothing a coffee/Advil cocktail won't cure.
Interrogation time! Did you have strict parents or permissive ones? Did you behave or did you rebel and/or take advantage of their good nature? Pigeons: Rats with wings or a valued and wonderful bird? How much do you usually leave for a tip? After family, pets, and photos, what would you save in a fire? What trait did you inherit from your parents that one does not usually considered inheritable (for instance, I have the smart-ass gene)?
The Twitter Emitter
The best case for letting gay men into the Boy Scouts is that they could conceivably design uniforms that were less gay.
In 1497, the "bonfire of the vanities" occurred when supporters of Girolamo Savonarola (who made a habit of this sort of thing) burned thousands of objects like cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy.
In 1795, the 11th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. The amendment ruled that federal courts had the authority to hear cases in law and equity brought by private citizens against states and that states did not enjoy sovereign immunity from suits made by citizens of other states in federal court.
In 1898, writer Émile Zola was brought to trial for libel for publishing J'Accuse, an open letter that accused the French government of anti-Semitism in their jailing of Alfred Dreyfuss.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba.
In 1964, the Beatles arrived in New York for their first American tour, kicking off rock 'n' roll's "British invasion."
In 1991, Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti's first democratically elected president.
In 1992, European Community members signed the Maastricht Treaty, which led to creation of the euro.
In 2011, AOL Inc. announced the $315 million purchase of The Huffington Post website.
Born on This Day
1478 - Sir Thomas More, English statesman, humanist and author (d. 1535)
1741 - Henry Fuseli, Swiss artist (d. 1825)
1804 - John Deere, American manufacturer (Deere & Company) (d. 1886)
1812 - Charles Dickens, English novelist (d. 1870)
1862 - Bernard Maybeck, American architect who designed some of the finest buildings in the Bay Area (d. 1957)
1867 - Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (d. 1957)
1885 - Sinclair Lewis, American writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1951)
1887 - Eubie Blake, American musician and composer (d. 1983)
1889 - Harry Nyquist, important contributor to information theory (d. 1976)
1891 - Ann Little, American actress (d. 1984)
1895 - Anita Stewart, American film actress (d. 1961)
1898 - Dock Boggs, American musician (d. 1971)
1908 - Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (d. 1983)
1912 - Russell Drysdale, Australian Artist (d. 1981)
1912 - Roberta McCain, American, mother of John McCain
1915 - Eddie Bracken, American actor (d. 2002)
1918 - Markey Robinson, Northern Irish painter (d. 1999)
1927 - Juliette Gréco, French singer and actor and fashion icon
1934 - King Curtis, American saxophonist (d. 1971)
1934 - Earl King, American musician (d. 2003)
1946 - Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (d. 2011)
1949 - Joe English, American drummer (Wings, Sea Level)
1955 - Miguel Ferrer, American actor
1956 - Emo Philips, American comedian
1960 - James Spader, American actor
1962 - Garth Brooks, American singer
1962 - David Bryan, American musician (Bon Jovi)
1962 - Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
1965 - Chris Rock, American actor and comedian
1968 - Sully Erna, American singer (Godsmack)
1974 - J Dilla, American record producer (d. 2006)
1974 - Danny Goffey, British musician (Supergrass) (this one is timely)
1975 - Wes Borland, American guitarist (Limp Bizkit)
1978 - Ashton Kutcher, American actor
Died on This Day
1801 - Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (b. 1726)
1823 - Ann Radcliffe, English novelist (b. 1764)
1873 - Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish writer (b. 1814)
1939 - Boris Grigoriev, Russian painter (b. 1886)
1942 - Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator (b. 1876)
1959 - Daniel François Malan, South African Prime Minister, father of Apartheid policy (b. 1874)
1959 - Guitar Slim, American blues guitarist (b. 1926)
1965 - Nance O'Neil, American actress (b. 1874)
1968 - Nick Adams, American actor (b. 1931)
1999 - Bobby Troup, American musician and actor (b. 1918)
2000 - Doug Henning, Canadian magician (b. 1947)
2000 - Dave Peverett, English musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown) (b. 1943)
2001 - Dale Evans, American actress and singer (b. 1912)
2001 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator (b. 1906)