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Thursday, February 01, 2007

 

Circle of Life Thursdays


"What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up - like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore - and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over - like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags - like a heavy lead." -- Langston Hughes

Born Today:
Clark Gable, aka Rhett Butler (1902); Langston Hughes, Mule Bone author (1902); Boris Yeltsin, Russian president (1931); Sherman Hemsley, aka George Jefferson (1938); Rick James, the one and only superfreak (1948); Sherilyn Fenn, Twin Peaks vixen (1965); Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, daughter of royalty (1965); Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of royalty (1968); Pauly Shore, comedian, theoretically (1968); Big Boi, outkast partner (1975)

Today's Poker Game In Heaven:
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein author (1851); Piet Mondriaan, Dutch painter (1944); Hedda Hopper, gossip icon (1966); Buster Keaton, silent film star (1966); the crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (2003)

On This Day:
1884 - The 1st edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
1893 - Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria, in West Orange, New Jersey.
1896 - The opera La Bohème premieres in Turin.
1913 - New York City's Grand Central Terminal opens.
1920 - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police begin operations.
1978 - Roman Polanski skips bail and flees to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.
1982 - David Letterman begins hosting NBC's Late Night with David Letterman.
1994 - Tonya Harding's ex Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty to attacking Nancy Kerrigan.
2004 - Janet Jackson has a "wardrobe malfunction" during half-time at the Super Bowl.
2005 - Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage.

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