Quite the day for civil rights

Civil rights take center stage today (and that’s no small feat — they had to wrest it away from Paula Abdul’s birthday celebration).

Looking back to 1862, slavery was outlawed in all U.S. Territories on this day. Just over 100 years later, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.

Happy birthday today to:

  • mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623)
  • Wallis Warfield Windsor (1896), the American who King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry
  • band leader Guy Lombardo (1902), whose music filled many, many New Year’s Eves
  • author Salman Rusdie (62)
  • singer Ann Wilson of Heart (59)

And, of course, TV personality Paula Abdul, who doesn’t look a day over 50 (which is a good thing because she turns 47 today).


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