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Thursday, February 08, 2007

 

Circle of Life Thursdays


"Art is the final cunning of the human soul, which would rather do anything than face the gods." -- Iris Murdoch

Born Today:
Jules Verne, visionary author (1828); King Vidor, Stella Dallas director (1895); Lana Turner, The Postman Always Rings Twice actress (1921); James Dean, rebel without a cause (1931); Ted Koppel, former Nightline icon (1940); Nick Nolte, Addiction actor (1941); John Grisham, The Firm author (1955); Gary Coleman, brother of Willis (1968); Seth Green, son of Dr. Evil (1974)

Today's Poker Game In Heaven:
Mary, Queen of Scots (1587); Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, New York City gangster (1932); Del Shannon, 60's pop star (1990); Iris Murdoch, Irish author (1999)

On This Day:
1692 - A doctor in Salem Village, Massachusetts declares that three teenage girls are under the domination of Satan, leading to the Salem witch trials.
1915 - D.W. Griffith's controversial The Birth of a Nation premieres in L.A.
1924 - The first state execution using gas in the U.S. takes place in Nevada.
1936 - Jay Berwanger is the first person selected by a NFL draft, by the Philadelphia Eagles.
1943 - At the Battle of Guadalcanal, U.S. forces defeat Japanese troops.
1963 - Travel and transactions to Cuba are made illegal by President Kennedy.
1969 - The last weekly issue of the Saturday Evening Post hits magazine stands.
1996 - The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.

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