Good morning, again. I'm watching people get snowed on on TV while i sit in my heated apartment. Outside it's a toasty 40-something. That white stuff looks cold. You guys can keep it. ;-)
Today's interrogatories: What is the best comeback line you ever came up with? Was it timely or did you think of it after the fact? Do you say "all of a sudden" or "all the sudden"? Were you ever a tattletale as a kid? What's the oddest job you ever had? What is the bigger waste of time, reports or meetings? Are you religious, or spiritual (not the same thing) or neither?
From the Twitter Emitter
Pope Benedict to retire; found day-job duties interfered too much with his time on Twitter
In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, who had claimed the throne of England for nine days, was beheaded after being charged with treason.
In 1733, Englishman James Oglethorpe founded Georgia, 13th of the Thirteen Colonies, along with its first city, Savannah.
In 1870, Women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote.
In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.
In 1915, the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C.
In 1946, African American Army veteran Isaac Woodard was severely beaten by a South Carolina police officer, causing him to lose his vision in both eyes. The incident helped galvanize the Civil Rights Movement and was allegedly partial inspiration for Orson Welles' film Touch of Evil (in which Charlton Heston played a Mexican).
In 1999, the Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
In 2004, in defiance of existing law, San Francisco officials began performing weddings for same-sex couples.
Born on This Day
1584 - Caspar Barlaeus, Dutch polymath and Renaissance humanist, a theologian, poet, and historian (d. 1648)
1663 - Cotton Mather, New England minister (d. 1728)
1752 - Dorothea Ackermann, German actress (d. 1821)
1775 - Louisa Adams, First Lady of the United States (1825-1829), widow of John Quincy Adams (d. 1852)
1792 - Ferdinand de Braekeleer the elder (sometimes spelled Braeckeleer), Flemish painter (d. 1883)
1809 - Charles Darwin, English naturalist (d. 1882)
1809 - Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (1861-his death) (d. 1865)
1857 - Eugène Atget, French photographer who documented architecture and street scenes in a Paris that is no more. (d. 1927)
1870 - Marie Lloyd, English music-hall performer (d. 1922)
1872 - Oscar Stribolt, Danish actor (d. 1927)
1880 - John L. Lewis, American labor union leader (d. 1969)
1881 - Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina (d. 1931)
1882 - Walter Vaes, Belgian painter/etcher who was fond of still life painting of food, much of it half-eaten. (d. 1958)
1884 - Max Beckmann, German artist (d. 1950)
1884 - Alice Roosevelt Longworth, elder daughter of Theodore Roosevelt (d. 1980)
1884 - Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (d. 1957)
1897 - Vola Vale, American actress (d. 1970)
1916 - Joseph Alioto, Mayor of San Francisco (d. 1998)
1930 - Arlen Specter, American politician (d. 2012)
1933 - Costa-Gavras, Greek filmmaker
1938 - Judy Blume, American author
1939 - Ray Manzarek, American keyboardist (The Doors)
1945 - Cliff DeYoung, American actor and musician (Clear Light)
1950 - Steve Hackett, English guitarist (Genesis)
1951 - Steven Parent, Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
1952 - Simon MacCorkindale, British actor (d. 2010)
1952 - Michael McDonald, American musician
1956 - Brian Robertson, Scottish musician (Thin Lizzy and Motörhead)
1958 - Grant McLennan, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) (d. 2006)
1968 - Josh Brolin, American actor
1968 - Chynna Phillips, American singer (Wilson Phillips)
1970 - Jim Creeggan, Canadian bassist (Barenaked Ladies)
1980 - Christina Ricci, American actress
1981 - Lisa Hannigan, Irish singer
Died on This Day
1538 - Albrecht Altdorfer, German painter
1763 - Pierre de Marivaux, French writer (b. 1688)
1789 - Ethan Allen, American patriot (b. 1738)
1804 - Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (b. 1724)
1929 - Lillie Langtry, British singer and actress (b. 1853)
1935 - Georges Auguste Escoffier, French celebrity chef (b. 1846)
1942 - Grant Wood, American painter (b.1891)
1970 - Ishman Bracey, American blues musician (b. 1901)
1976 - Sal Mineo, American actor (b. 1939)
1979 - Jean Renoir, French director (b. 1894)
2000 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American musician (b. 1929)
2000 - Charles M. Schulz, American comics author (b. 1922)
2007 - Eldee Young, American jazz player (Ramsey Lewis Trio) (b. 1936)
2011 - Betty Garrett, American actress and dancer (b. 1919)
National Freedom to Marry Day, unofficial (United States)
Red Hand Day (United Nations)
National Plum Pudding Day
National PB&J Day
National Lost Penny Day