Circle of Life Thursdays
"If I was on a march at the moment I would be saying to everyone: 'Be honest with each other. Admit there are limitless possibilities in relationships, and love as many people as you can in whatever way you want, and get rid of your inhibitions, and we'll all be happy.'" -- Sir Ian McKellen
Bennett Cerf, publisher and personality (1898); Robert Ludlum, Bourne Identity author (1927); Beverly Sills, American soprano (1929); Sir Ian McKellen, gay superhero (1939); Lauryn Hill, former Fugee (1975)
Today's Poker Game In Heaven:
Pope Gregory VII (1085); Pope Alexander IV (1261); Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Life's A Dream playwright (1681); Gustav Holst, The Planets composer (1939); Jean Rougeau, Canadian wrestler (1983)
On This Day (Lots Happened!):
1787 - In Philadelphia, delegates convene a Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States. George Washington presides.
1895 - Oscar Wilde is convicted of "acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to two years in prison.
1925 - John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
1935 - Babe Ruth hits his 714th home run, setting a record that stands for 39 years.
1953 - At the Nevada Test Site, the U.S. conducts its first and only nuclear artillery test.
1977 - Star Wars opens and becomes the highest grossing film of all time.
1992 - Jay Leno takes over as host of The Tonight Show.
2001 - 64-year-old Sherman Bull becomes the oldest person and 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.