Posts Tagged ‘birthdays


Talk about a funny day…

Comedy is the topic of the day, as we celebrate the birth of Groucho Marx (born in 1890) and the publication of the first Peanuts cartoon strip by Charles M. Schulz.

Even the day’s political news has a comedic air to it, as today is the anniversary of the 2008 vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. (Although I’d much rather see Groucho go head-to-head with Lucy from Peanuts.)


Big Tobacco gives up the fight

After five days of non-stop (and, I’m sure, very loud) negotiation, a team of state attorneys general from around the country made an amazing announcement: The world’s leading cigarette companies admitted, in both words and dollars, that smoking is deadly.

The tobacco companies agreed to pony up a mind-blowing $368.5 billion (yes, with a “B”) dollars over 25 years to pay for smoking prevention, cessation, health claims, and more. They agreed to change their advertising, promotions, and marketing techniques. (Heck, they probably agreed to wash cars at church fundraisers and buy an annual truckload of Girl Scout cookies, too.) Continue reading ‘Big Tobacco gives up the fight’


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).


Lots of birthdays

It’s the day of cool birthdays!

On this day in history, we welcomed the birth of:

  • In 1620, Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower as it sat in Massachusetts Bay. Little Peregrine was the first child born of English parents in present-day New England.
  • In 1866, Kenesaw Mountain Landis (what a great name!) was born. He went on to become a federal judge and the baseball commissioner.
  • In 1889, astronomer Edwin Hubble, namesake of the Hubble space telescope, was born.
  • In 1900, cartoonist Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy, was born in Oklahoma.
  • In 1925, Robert F. Kennedy (U. S. Attorney General and brother of John F. Kennedy) was born into money.

Of course, may live people were born today as well, including:

  • actress Estelle Parsons (81)
  • actor and game show host Richard Dawson (76)
  • comedian Dick Smothers (70)
  • Vice President-elect Joe Biden (66)
  • Joe Walsh of the Eagles (61)
  • model, actress, and the original “10” Bo Derek (52 — yikes!)
  • Pianist Jim Brickman (47)

Sweet birthday music

It’s a great day for musical birthdays!

Happy birthday today to John Philip Sousa, legendary king of American march music. He was born in Washington, D. C. (very appropriate, don’t you think?) on this day in 1854.

Also, happy birthday to Glenn Fry of the Eagles. He turns — brace yourself, Eagles fans — the big 60 today. And to think he always sounds so young on my Eagles albums…