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Thursday, October 18, 2007

 

Circle of Life Thursdays


Born Today:
Lotte Lenya, Brechtian muse (1900)
Chuck Berry, pioneering musician (1926)
Klaus Kinski, Aguirre actor (1926)
Lee Harvey Oswald, purported assassin (1939)
Laura Nyro, American singer and songwriter (1947)
Ntozake Shange, poet/playwright (1948)
Terry McMillan, homophobic author (1951)
Martina Navrátilová, tennis champion (1956)
Jean-Claude Van Damme, kickboxing actor (1960)
Zac Efron, Hairspray heartthrob (1987)

Today's Poker Game In The Afterlife:
Thomas Edison, revolutionary thinker (1931)
Charles M. Schwab, millionaire industrialist (1939)
Walt Kelly, Pogo cartoonist (1973)
Gwen Verdon, acclaimed dancer (2000)

On This Day:
1951 - Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is first published.
1925 - The Grand Ole Opry opens.
1954 - Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
1968 - The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends two black athletes for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
1968 - Bob Beamon sets a world record of 8.90m in the long jump at the Mexico City games. This becomes the longest unbroken track and field record in history, standing for 23 years, and is later named by Sports Illustrated magazine as one of the five greatest sporting moments of the 20th century.

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