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Brittanica :


” Sarah Vaughan, in full Sarah Lois Vaughan, byname Sassy or the Divine One   (born March 27, 1924, Newark, N.J., U.S.—died April 3, 1990, Hidden Hills, Calif.), American jazz vocalist and pianist known for her rich voice, with an unusually wide range, and for the inventiveness and virtuosity of her improvisations.

Vaughan was the daughter of amateur musicians. She began studying piano and organ at age seven and sang in the church choir. After winning an amateur contest at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre in 1942, she was hired as a singer and second pianist by the Earl Hines Orchestra. A year later she joined the singer Billy Eckstines band, where she met Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Vaughan’s singing style was influenced by their instruments—“I always wanted to imitate the horns.” Gillespie, Parker, and Vaughan recorded “Lover Man” together in 1945.”



PBS Jazz – A Film By Ken Burns :


” During the five-year contract with Columbia that marked her rise to stardom (1949-54), she recorded often with studio orchestras and only once in a jazz context (with Miles Davis in 1950). A new contract with Mercury (1954-9) allowed her to pursue a dual career: for Mercury she made commercial discs, including her hit Broken-Hearted Melody (1958), while for EmArcy, Mercury’s jazz subsidiary, she recorded with Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley, the sidemen of Count Basie‘s orchestra, and other jazz musicians. She combined these activities under later contracts with Roulette, Mercury, and Columbia (1960-67). In 1971, after a five-year absence from recording, she began once again to make popular albums, occasionally employing a jazz-flavored accompaniment, as on her album with Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, and Louie Bellson in 1978. In public performances Vaughan is accompanied by a trio of piano, double bass, and drums, either alone or as the nucleus of a big band or symphony orchestra. Among the distinguished members of her group have been Jimmy Jones (1947-52; 1954-8), Roy Haynes (1953-4), Richard Davis (late 1950s-early 1960s), Roland Hanna (early 1960s), Bob James (1965-8), Jan Hammer(1970-71), Jimmy Cobb(1970-78), Andy Simpkins (from 1979), and Harold Jones (from 1980). From 1978 to 1980 the trio became a quartet under the leadership of Vaughan’s then manager, conductor, and husband, Waymon Reed. In 1987, Vaughan recorded an album of Latin-jazz songs. “







All About Jazz :


” In 1958, Vaughan was earning a yearly income of $230,000. In July of the following year, she scored her first million-selling hit, “Broken Hearted Melody,” with the Ray Ellis Orchestra. A hit with both black and white audiences, “Broken Hearted Melody,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award, reached number five on the pop R&B charts.

When Vaughan’s contract with Mercury ended in the fall of 1959, she signed with Roulette Records and became, over the next few years, one the label’s biggest stars. Her 1960 sessions for Roulette included “The Divine One,” arranged by Jimmy Jones and a session with Count Basie Band featuring such talents as trumpeters Thad Jones and Joe Newman and saxophonists Frank Foster and Billy Mitchell. Featured in duet numbers with singer Joe Williams, the Basie Band session produced the sides, “If I Were a Bell” and “Teach Me Tonight.” “








” Ranked #50 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1982.

Was an Honorary Memeber of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives”. Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 854-856. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999.

She is nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1724 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

She was interred at Glendale Cemetery (Crestwood Section, Lot 2 Grave 3) in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

She was inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

She was a lifelong Democrat and during the Lyndon Johnson Administration was a frequent guest singer at The White House.

She & Clyde B. Atkins adopted a daughter in 1961, whom they named Deborah Lois (now Paris Vaughan).

She was close friends with crooner Billy Eckstine.”





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*A Tribute To
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” Her voice, which has four octaves and out-classes that of most operatic sopranos, came in unequal parts, a rich middle section, a little-girl high register, and a sometimes vulgar, echoing bottom range. She uses it like a horn . . . ” wrote Whitney Balliett, in New Yorker Magazine, July, 1977. (Balliett is a writer of America’s unique art form, jazz. His criticism is esteemed by fans and colleagues wherever music is performed.)”

Happy Birthday Divine One 















Daily Quote 3.29.15

Alexander Hamilton




” If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.”













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Today In The Past




502 – Bourgundy King Gundobar delegates royal power

1461 – Battle near Towton Field, 33,000 die (War of the Roses)

1549 – The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded.

1638 – 1st permanent white settlement in Delaware (Swedish Lutherans)

1792 – King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm’s Royal Opera just 13 days earlier. He is succeeded by Gustav IV Adolf.

1795 – Beethoven (24) debuts as pianist in Vienna

1798 – Republic of Switzerland forms

1804 – Thousands of Whites massacred in Haiti

1806 – Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway.

1827 – 20,000 attend Ludwig von Beethovens burial in Vienna

1847 – 12,000 US troops capture Vera Cruz, Mexico

1848 – Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam

1849 – Great Britain formally annexs Punjab after defeat of Sikhs in India

1850 – Ireland’s SS Royal Adelaide sinks in storm; 200 die

1852 – Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 & women to work more than 10 hours a day

1864 – Union General Steeles troops reach Arkadelphia Arkansas

1865 – -Apr 9th], Appomattox campaign, VA , 7582 killed

1865 – Battle of Quaker Road, VA

1867 – Congress approves Lincoln Memorial

1882 – Knights of Columbus chartered for Catholic men

1886 – Chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise for Coca-Coke

1912 – Capt Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary “the end cannot be far”

1930 – Heinrich Brüning is appointed German Reichskanzler.

1932 – Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan’s New York interview program

1935 – French liner Normandie begins its maiden voyage

1936 – 10,000 watch the 200″ mirror blank passing through Indianapolis

1940 – Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title

1942 – British cruiser Trinidad torpedoes itself in the Barents Sea

1942 – British destroyer Campbeltown explodes in St-Nazaire: 400 Germans die

1942 – The Bombing of Lübeck in World War II was the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city.

1943 – Meat, butter & cheese rationed in US during WW II

1943 – Meat rationed in US (784 gram/week, 2 kilogram for GI’s

1945 – World War II: Last day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England.

1949 – Turkey recognizes Israel

1951 – Julius & Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of spying

1958 – US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss

1958 – US Mens Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins

1959 – “Some Like it Hot” with Marilyn Monroe & Jack Lemmon premieres

1961 – 23rd Amendment ratified, allows Wash DC residents to vote for pres

1966 – Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1971 – 1st Lt William L Calley Jr found guilty in My Lai (Vietnam) massacre

1971 – Chile president Allende nationalizes banks/copper mines

1973 – US troops leave Vietnam, 9 yrs after Tonkin Resolution

1974 – Mariner 10’s, 1st fly-by of Mercury, returns photos

1976 – 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students

1981 – Tiina Lehtola ski jumps female record 110m

1984 – NFL Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis

1985 – Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 126th assist

1987 – Wrestlemania III-93,173 watch Hulk Hogan beat Andre the Giant

1989 – 1st US private commercial rocket makes suborbital test flight (NM)

1989 – I M Pei’s pyramidal entrance to the Louvre opens in Paris

1989 – Michael Milken, junk bond king, indicted in NY for racketeering

1992 – Ice Dance Championship at Oakland won by Klimova & Ponomarenko (CIS)

1992 – Ice Pairs Championship at Oakland won by Mishuktienok & Dmitriev (CIS)

1992 – Ladies Fig Skating Championship in Oak won by Kristi Yamaguchi (USA)

1992 – Men’s Fig Skating Championship in Oakland won by Viktor Petrenko (CIS)

1999 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 – above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever.

2004 – Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.

2004 – The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.

2010 – Two female suicide bombers hit the Moscow Metro system at the peak of the morning rush hour, killing 40.





1484 – Johann Spangenberg, composer

1519 – Carlo Caraffa, Italian cardinal

1553 – Vitsentzos Kornaros, Greek Renaissance poet (d. 1613 or 1614)

1561 – Santorio Sanctorius, Trieste Italy, physician/burned at stake/heretic

1584 – Ferdinando Fairfax, 2nd Lord Fairfax of Cameron, English general (d. 1648)

1602 – John Lightfoot, English theologist/literary (Horae Hebraicae)

1668 – Thomas Coram, Founder of the Foundling Hospital (d. 1751)

1790 – John Tyler, Va, (D/W) 10th Pres (1841-1845)

1816 – James Gallant Spears, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1869

1819 – Edwin Drake, drilled 1st productive US oil well

1821 – Joshua Thomas Owen, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1887

1824 – Ludwig Büchner, German philosopher and physician (d. 1899)

1829 – Ritta & Christina, Siamese twins, in Sardinia

1829 – Robert Emmet Rodes, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1864

1867 – Cy [Denton True] Young, Gilmore Ohio, baseball pitcher (511 wins, 1890-1911). Died 1955

1869 – Ales Hrdlicka, US, anthropologist/curator (US National Museum)

1869 – Edwin Lutyens, architect, London

1900 – Bill Aston, British racing driver (d. 1974)

1911 – Philip Ahn, LA California, actor (Master Kan-Kung Fu)

1916 – Eugene J McCarthy, Watkins Minn, (Sen-D-Minn, pres candidate 1968)

1917 – Man O’War, racehorse (winner of 20 out of 21 races & $249,465)

1918 – Pearl Bailey, Newport News Va, singer (Hello Dolly)

1918 – Sam Walton, billionaire CEO (Wal-Mart) (d. 1992)

1927 – John McLaughlin, TV commentator (McLaughlin Group)

1928 – Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (d. 2005)

1931 – Evelyn de Rothschild, English banker/multi-millionaire

1932 – William Charette, Ludington, Michigan, United States Navy Hospital Corpsman and Medal of Honor recipient, (d. 2012)

1937 – Billy Carter, Plains Georgia, brother of Pres Carter

1939 – Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong, actress (Flower Drum Song, Night Creature)

1943 – Eric Idle, England, comedian/actor (Monty Python)

1943 – Vangelis, [Papathanasiou], composer/keyboardist (Chariots of Fire)

1943 – Sir John Major, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1945 – Walt “Clyde” Frazier, NBA guard (NY Knicks)

1947 – Bobby Kimball, [Robert Toteaux], Vinton LA, rocker (Toto-Roseann)

1948 – Bud Cort, New Rochelle NY, actor/director (Electric Dreams, M*A*S*H)

1949 – Michael Brecker, rocker (Brecker Brothers)

1952 – Teofilo Stevenson, Cuba, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80), (d. 2012)

1954 – Karen Anne Quinlan, NJ, famous comatose patient (right to die case)

1955 – Earl Campbell, NFL running back (Houston, New Orleans, 1977 Heisman)

1956 – Kurt Thomas, US, gymnist (Olympics), actor (Gymkata)

1959 – Marina Sirtis, London, actress (Troi-Star Trek: The Next Generation)

1959 – Perry Farrell, American musician, (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros)

1961 – Amy Sedaris, American actress and comedian

1961 – Gary Brabham, Australian racing driver

1964 – Elle MacPherson, Sydney, Austrailian super model and actress (Sirens)

1964 – Jill Goodacre Connick, Lubbock Texas, model (Victoria Secrets)

1967 – John Popper, American musician

1968 – Sue Foley, Canadian singer and guitarist

1968 – Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress and singer

1973 – Brad Bridgewater, US, 200m backstroke (Olympics-gold-96)

1976 – Jennifer Capriati, Long Is NY, tennis pro (Oly-gold-92)





1058 – Stephen IX, [Frederik van Lotharingen], 1st Belgium Pope (1057-58), dies

1368 – Emperor Go-Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 1328)

1461 – Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland, English politician (b. 1421)

1546 – Cardinal Beaton, English archbishop of St Andrews, murdered

1578 – Arthur Champernowne, English admiral (b. 1524)

1625 – Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas, Spanish historian (b. 1549)

1650 – Cornelis Galle I, Flemish engraver, dies at about 73

1683 – Yaoya Oshichi, a young girl burned at the stake for arson in 17th Century Japan (b. 1667)

1745 – Robert Walpole, 1st British premier (1722-42), dies at 68

1751 – Thomas Coram, English sea captain and philanthropist

1772 – Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish philosopher and mathematician (b. 1688)

1792 – Gustav III, King of Sweden (1771-92), dies of wounds

1794 – Marie-J-A-N C Condorcet, mathematician (Theory of Comets), dies at 50

1800 – Marc René, marquis de Montalembert, French military engineer and writer (b. 1714)

1848 – John Jacob Astor, charted American Fur Company, dies at 84

1873 – Francesco Zantedeschi, Italian physicist (b. 1797)

1891 – Georges Seurat, French painter (Pointillism), dies at 31

1912 – Robert Falcon Scott, British pole explorer, dies in Antarctica at 43

1934 – Otto Hermann Kahn, German millionaire and benefactor (b. 1867)

1945 – Karl T Sapper, German geographer/geologist (Vulkankunde), dies at 79

1980 – … Mantovani, orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74

1982 – Nathan Twining, USAF general (b. 1897)

1990 – Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC’s Zodiac killer, shot dead

1991 – Lee Atwater, political strategists (R), dies of brain tumor at 40

1994 – Paul Grimault, animator, dies at 89

1995 – James Eric Storrar, fighter Pilot, dies at 74

1999 – Joe Williams, American singer (b. 1918)

2001 – John Lewis, American jazz pianist (b. 1920)

2005 – Johnnie Cochran, American lawyer (b. 1937)

2005 – Mitch Hedberg, American comedian (b. 1968)

2007 – Calvin Lockhart, Bahamian actor (b. 1934)

2009 – Maurice Jarre, French composer (b.1924)

2012 – Bill Jenkins, American Hall of Fame drag racer and engineer, dies at 81




















Judge Jeanine Blasts Obama On Iran – ‘It’s Time To Break Off the Engagement’





This is what policing is all about … selfless acts of courage , not self-preservation at all costs . Bravo Sgt Hudson , bravo

Originally posted on Rare:

You really have to see this to believe it. A true act of courage.

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Originally posted on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:

This is the kind of crazy you can’t fix. This is also the kind of thinking that has our legal system all screwed up.


Since you say there are so many misconceptions, why don’t you tell us what a pedophile really is.

A person with an intense and recurrent sexual attraction to prepubescent children, children who have not yet entered any form of puberty. And according to the DSM [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders], it constitutes a mental disorder when you act on it, but not just that. It also constitutes a mental disorder if it causes “marked distress or interpersonal difficulty,” and, as you can imagine, pedophilia will cause this.

In your article, you open by saying that as a pedophile’s numerical age increases into teenage years and then adulthood, the numerical age of those he is attracted to does not. Are most pedophiles really starting that…

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The progressives have tortured the word “racist” to the point of uselessness .

Originally posted on Cry and Howl:

You know folks, I’ve really gotten tired of the “racism” claims made every time some one disagrees with a person of color. I mean it’s gotten to the point of being absolutely ridiculous. Check out this piece where a Democrat Indiana lawmaker accuses an 18 month (yes, that’s 18 month) old toddler of being a racist …


Indiana Democrat Accuses GOP’s 18-Month-Old Son Of Being A Racist

An Indiana lawmaker has accused another lawmaker’s 18-month-old son of being a racist.

On the floor of the state General Assembly, Democratic Rep. Vanessa Summers said the toddler, the son of Republican Rep. Jud McMillin, is afraid of her because she’s black.

It was during a rather heated debate over the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” when Summers rose to the podium and made the groan-inducing comment.

“I have told Representative McMillin I love his little son…

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Originally posted on Twitchy:

Rep. Trey Gowdy has been told that Hillary Clinton won’t provide the House with additional emails they’ve requested because she had reportedly “wiped her server clean.”

Here’s a great question, as rhetorical as it may sound:

If Ondrasik’s last name were “Clinton” the answer to that question would be different.

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Cover Up: Hillary Wipes Hard Drive Clean






” I may not be able to read Russian anymore, but I can read people. And I can smell rats.

  When Hillary Clinton held her tightly-controlled press conference at the U.N. regarding the email server scandal, I read right through her, and smelled a rat.

  I wrote that her performance reflected Hillary’s consciousness of guilt:

  When I first watched Hillary’s press conference, something jumped out at me that has been bothering me since….

  Hillary did something that was a dead giveaway, reflecting a consciousness of guilt.

  Hillary volunteered a piece of information about which she had not yet been asked and which was not critical to her explanation of why she would not turn over the server.

  Apparently reading from a prepared statement, Hillary volunteered that she deleted “personal” emails…”


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Sugar Ray And The Bluetones Live @ The 3rd Annual Gloucester Blues Festival 8/9/14




Published on Aug 11, 2014

” Sugar Ray and the Bluetones Live @ The 3rd Annual Gloucester Blues Festival 8/9/14 “Things Could Be Worse” from the NEW CD

  Great Blues Festival with Sugar Ray and the Bluetones a five piece Chicago style blues band performing internationally at clubs and festivals. Five 2012 Blues Music Awards from the Blues Foundation in Memphis and Ray just received a 2014 Grammy Nomination for “Remembering Little Walter” on Blind Pig Records.
Sugar Ray Norcia-vocals, harmonica
‘Monster’ Mike Welch-guitar, vocals
Anthony Geraci-piano
Michael ‘Mudcat’ Ward-bass
Neil Gouvin-drums “














Tim Hawkins – Fun Funeral





Published on Dec 2, 2014

” Tim gives some fun ideas for his funeral. Brand new from Tim’s concert DVD “That’s the Worst”, available now at “












Richard Engel: Military Officials Say Allies No Longer Trust Us, Fear Intel Might Leak To Iran





Published on Mar 27, 2015

” Richard Engel: Military Officials Say Allies No Longer Trust Us, Fear Intel Might Leak to Iran”














Thomas Sowell




” One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.”













Jerry Holbert



Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert














Today In The Past




37 – Roman Emperor Caligula accepts the titles of the Principate, entitled to him by the Senate.

193 – Roman Emperor Pertinax is assassinated by Praetorian Guards, who then sell the throne in an auction to Didius Julianus.

364 – Roman Emperor Valentinian I appoints his brother Flavius Valens co-emperor.

845 – Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving.

1535 – Bloemkamp Abbey (Oldeklooster) attacked & destroyed

1738 – English parliament declares war on Spain (War of Jenkin’s Ear)




1774 – Britain passes Coercive Act against Massachusetts


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1776 – Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco.

1794 – Louvre opens to the public (although officially opened since August)

1794 – Allies under the prince of Coburg defeat French forces at Le Cateau.

1796 – Bethel African Methodist Church of Phila is 1st US-African church

1797 – Nathaniel Briggs of NH patents a washing machine

1799 – NY State abolished slavery

1802 – Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers discovers 2 Pallas, the second asteroid known to man.

1804 – Ohio passed law restricting movement of Blacks, 1804

1809 – Peninsular War: France defeats Spain in the Battle of Medelin.

1834 – Senate censure Pres Jackson for taking fed deposits from Bank of US

1845 – Mexico drops diplomatic relations with US

1854 – During the Crimean War, Britain & France declare war on Russia




1860 - First Taranaki WarThe Battle of Waireka begins.







1862 – Skirmish at Bealeton Station, Virginia

1866 – 1st ambulance goes into service

1881 – Greatest Show On Earth was formed by PT Barnum & James A Bailey

1885 – US Salvation Army officially organized

1891 – 1st world weightlifting championship held

1902 – 27.9 cm precipitation at McMinnville, Tennessee (state record)

1905 – Paramaribo-Dam railway opens in Suriname, never used

1910 – 1st seaplane, takes off from water at Martinques France (Henri Fabre)

1917 – Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv & Jaffa by Turkish authorities

1922 – 1st microfilm device introduced

1930 – Constantinople & Angora changes names to Istanbul & Ankara

1933 – German Reichstag confers dictatorial powers on Hitler

1935 – Goddard uses gyroscopes to control a rocket

1939 – Dutch hunter shoots English bombers down

1939 – Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to Francisco Franco

1942 – British naval forces raid Nazi occupied French port of St Nazaire

1945 – Last German V-1 (buzz bomb) attack on London

1952 – US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright

1952 – US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button

1960 – Scottish factory explodes burying 20 fire fighters (Glasgow Scotland)

1962 – Military coup in Syria, President Nazim al-Kudsi flees

1967 – UN Sect General U Thant makes public proposals for peace in Vietnam

1972 – Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game

1979 – Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown, Pa (no deaths)

1981 – Christa Rothenburger skates ladies world record 500 m 40.18 sec)

1981 – Yevgeni Kulikov skates world record 500m (36.91 secs)

1982 – JN Duartes christian-democrats win elections in El Salvador

1985 – International Cometary Explorer measures solar wind ahead of Halley

1986 – Extremist Sikhs kill 13 hindus in Ludhiana India

1989 – New Zealand wins America’s Cup over Stars & Stripes, in a NY court

1990 – Michael Jordan scores 69 points, 4th time he scores 60 pts in a game

1990 – President Bush awards Jesse Owen the Congressional Gold Medal

1993 – Type II supernova detected in M81 (NGC 3031)

1994 – Armed Zulus demonstrate in Johannesburg, over 53 killed

1994 – Italy’s right-wing alliance under Silvio Berlusconi wins election

2000 – A Murray County, Georgia, school bus is hit by a CSX freight train (3 children die in this accident).

2003 – In a “friendly fire” incident, two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the United States Idaho Air National Guard’s 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull.

2005 – The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the second strongest earthquake since 1960.

2006 – At least 1 million union members, students and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government’s proposed First Employment Contract law.





1468 – Charles I, Duke of Savoy

1472 – Fra Bartolomeo/Fra Bartolommeo , monk, Florentine Renaissance painter (d. 1517)

1483 – Raphael, Urbino Italy, painter (School of Athens)

1515 – Theresa of Avila/Teresa de Jesus, Spanish mystic writer/saint

1522 – Albert the Warlike, Prince of Bayreuth (d. 1557)

1599 – Witte Corneliszoon de With, Dutch naval officer (d. 1658)

1613 – Xiaozhuangwen Grand Empress Dowager, Empress of Manchu (d. 1688)

1615 – Pieter de Groot, Dutch regent/diplomat

1652 – Samuel Sewall, American magistrate (d. 1730)

1729 – Pieter Fouquet, Dutch art seller (Atlas of Fouquet)

1750 – Francisco A G de Miranda, Venezuelan freedom fighter

1773 – Henri Gratien, Comte Bertrand, French general (d. 1844)

1818 – Wade Hampton, SC, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1902

1819 – Sir Joseph Bazalgette, English civil engineer (d. 1891)

1836 – Frederick Pabst, American brewer (d. 1904)

1840 – Mehemed Emin Pasja, German explorer/governor (Equatoria)

1842 – William Harvey Carney, American Civil War officier (d. 1908)

1868 – Maxim Gorky [Alexei Maximovich Peshkov], Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Empire, Russian playwright and author (Mother and The Lower Depths)

1899 – August Anheuser Busch, Jr., brewing magnate and American baseball executive (d. 1989)




1905 – Marlin PerkinsCarthage MoTV host (Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom)







1907 – Herbert “Herb” Hall, clarinetist/saxophonist

1907 – “Swifty” Lazar, American talent agent (d. 1993)

1909 – Nelson Algren, US, novelist (Man with the Golden Arm)

1911 – J. L. Austin, British philosopher of language (d. 1960)

1912 – A[rthur] Bertram Chandler, UK, sci-fi author (Empress of Outer Space)

1914 – Kenneth Richard Norris, Australian entomologist (d. 2003)

1921 – Dirk Bogarde (born Derek van den Bogaerde) London England, actor (Death in Venice, Servant)

1922 – Joey Maxim, American boxer (d. 2001)

1924 – Freddie Bartholomew, England, actor (Anna Karenina, David Copperfield)

1928 – Zbigniew Brzezinski, Warsaw, national security advisor (Carter)

1929 – Paul England, Australian racing driver

1936 – Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru, writer (Aunt Julia)/pres candidate

1940 – J Michael Plumb, Islip NY, equestrian (Oly-2 gold/4 silver-1976,84)

1941 – Charlie McCoy, Oak Hill WV, harmonica player (Hee Haw)

1944 – Rick Barry, ABA/NBA forward (NY Nets, Golden State Warriors)

1946 – Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut

1948 – Dianne Wiest, KC MO, actress (Hannah & Her Sisters, Footloose)

1948 – John Evans, (Aka Evan) rock drummer (Jethro Tull)

1949 – Milan Williams, US keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady)

1949 – Ronnie Ray Smith, 4 X 100m relay runner (Olympic-gold-1968)

1955 – Reba McEntire, McAlester Ok, country singer (Can’t Even Get the Blues)

1957 – Harvey Glance, Pheonix City Ala, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1976)

1958 – Bart Wayne Conner, Morton Grove Ill, gymnist (Olympic-2 gold-1984)

1963 – Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr

1963 – Therese Washtock, Vancouver BC, 3 day equestrian (Olympics-96)

1965 – Jeff Beukeboom, Ajax, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers)

1968 – Teee Williams, LA California, volleyball outside hitter (Oly-bronze-92, 96)

1969 – Salt, rocker (Salt ‘n’ Pepa-Shake Ya Thang)

1969 – Brett Ratner, American film director




1969 – Rodney AtkinsAmerican country music singer-songwriter








1970 – Vince Vaughn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, American actor (Swingers, Wedding Crashers)

1972 – Jonathan Edwards, Boston Mass, doubles luger (Olympics-1994)

1975 – Derek Hill, American racing driver

1981 – Julia Stiles, New York City, NY, American actress (Bourne series, Save the Last Dance)

1986 – Lady Gaga [Stefani Germanotta], New York, singer/songwriter (Bad Romance)

1986 – J-Kwon, American rapper





193 – Publius Helvius Pertinax, Roman Emperor (192-93), assassinated

593 – Guntram, French king in Burgundy, dies at about 67

1072 – Ordulf, Duke of Saxony

1134 – Stefanus Harding, 3rd abbott of Côteaux/saint, dies

1239 – Emperor Go-Toba of Japan (b. 1180)

1285 – Pope Martin IV (Simon de Brion), reigned 1281-85.

1563 – Heinrich Glarean, Swiss music theorist (b. 1488)

1673 – Adam Pijnacker, Dutch landscape painter/etcher, buried at 51

1677 – Wenzel Hollar, Bohemia cartoonist/etcher, dies at about 69

1712 – Jan van der Heyden, Dutch inventor (street lantern), dies at 75

1758 – Jonathan Edwards, US theologist (Great Awakening), dies at 54

1799 – Etta L J “baronne” Palm-Aelders, Dutch adventurer/spy, dies at 55

1801 – Ralph Abercromby, English army commander (North Holland), dies at 66

1840 – Simon-Antoine-Jean Lhuillier, Swiss mathematician, dies at 89

1863 – James Cooper, US attorney/senator/Union-brig-general, dies at 52




1870 – George Henry ThomasAmerican Civil War general (b. 1816)






1910 – David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1837)

1941 – Virginia Woolf-Stephen [Adeline] , author (To Lighthouse), dies from suicide at 59

1944 – Stephen Butler Leacock, writer/economist (Literary Lapses), dies at 75

1953 – James Francis Thorpe, decathelete (Olympic-gold-12), dies at 64




1958 – William Christopher HandyUS conductor/composer (St Louis Blues), dies at 84 in New York







1969 – Dwight D Eisenhower34th pres/gen (WW 2), dies in Washington at 78







1974 – Arthur CrudupAmerican blues singer and guitaristdies of heart attack at 68


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1979 – Emmett Kelly, circus clown (Weary Willy), dies at 80

1980 – Jesse Owens, (Oly-gold-36), dies at the age of 66

1982 – William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)

1985 – Marc Chagall, French painter, dies at 97

1994 – Eugene Ionesco, playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84

1996 – Charles Barnet “Roscoe” Harvey, soldier, dies at 95

1999 – Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)

2004 – Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)




2004 – Peter UstinovBritish actor (b. 1921)


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2006 – Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)

2006 – Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)

2010 – June Havoc, American actress (b. 1913)

2012 – Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass musician, dies from natural causes at 88
















‘Arab-Israel Alliance’ Leaving Obama Isolated




” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has jabbed President Barack Obama with a stinging remark that although Israel and the United States are friends, fears of Iran and the ISIS have forged a “new partnership” of Israel and “many of our Arab neighbors.”

  Netanyahu took the opportunity of being charged with the responsibility to form a new government to say:

  We very much appreciate, and will take care to preserve, our alliance with the best of our friends, the United States; however, we will continue to work to prevent the agreement with Iran, an agreement that endangers us, our neighbors and the world. We see eye to eye with many of our Arab neighbors regarding the danger posed by Iran and we also view positively the benefit that this new partnership could have for the region.

  The chaos in Yemen has once again embarrassed the Obama administration by exposing another colossal foreign policy failure that has made President Obama increasingly isolated in the region.”



    This article from today’s Jewish Press amply demonstrates that our “Dear Leader” sides , not with all Muslims , but only with the extremist factions … Iran , Palestinian terror groups and jihadists , while Israel forges alliances with the more moderate Muslims of the mideast in the interests of self-preservation.

    One side seeks only to be left in peace while the other works ceaselessly towards a Global Caliphate with the active collusion of our “commander-in-chief” … President “Peace Prize” , who claims to seek peace in the middle east is in actuality ensuring  , whether by incompetence or design , that war is coming ala Neville Chamberlain .












US Declassifies Report, Exposes Details On Israel’s Nuclear Program





” The United States has just revealed a stunning amount of information on some of Israel’s the most closely guarded secrets: information about its military cooperation with America and 20 years’ worth of details on Israel’s nuclear technology development, up to the 1980s.

  The 386-page report, composed in 1987 by the federally funded Institute for Defense Analysis, (an NGO that operates under the Pentagon), is titled “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations.”

  It was declassified by the Pentagon in early February – but oddly, the report has been redacted so as to black out or withhold everything the Institute wrote on America’s NATO allies – but to reveal all that American experts assembled in Israel.



     Obama has been working diligently on two things since taking office , his golf game and ensuring that no allies ever trust America again . The enemies of the US couldn’t have gotten a better president if they had hand-picked him themselves . Read more on the administration’s betrayal of Israel by our “Muslim-In-Chief” at the Jewish Press 

   And to all of our Jewish readers who’ve supported Mr Obama , you had better be prepared to bid farewell to the Jewish homeland as he eagerly gives Iran the means of Israel’s destruction .












New Playground Safety Requirements Are Absurd





” A combination of government regulations and free market innovation has created playgrounds that are incredibly safe for kids… except if they die of boredom. All the fun stuff is gone, but boy is what’s left non-lethal!”







” The CDC reports that in the 10 years from 1990 to 2000, there were just 31 deaths from playground falls, and 70 percent of these were at playgrounds in someone’s backyard. This means that on public playgrounds, there was an average of about one death per year from falling. With about 40,000,000 kids in America under age 10, that means the chances of a child dying or seriously hurting himself in a playground fall are infinitesimal.”






” Nevertheless, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has proposed new standards that would revamp the surfacing materials on playgrounds. ASTM’s stated mission is to prevent concussions and head injuries. But with the chances of these accidents already so low, you have to wonder about their true intentions.”



    There are no slides , no swings and no seesaws left thanks to this insane pursuit of safety uber alles by the do-gooders of society and yet they are still not content ? What is left to take away from the kids ? More importantly , one wonders how much of this over-regulation of our lives results from a real desire to save lives and how much of the Nanny State is driven by lawyers and the fear of liability ?

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19 Students Charged After Fight At School






” Authorities say they’ve charged 19 students, 18 of them girls, in connection with a brawl that broke out at an upstate New York high school.

  Local media report that the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests Wednesday, a week after a large fight occurred shortly before noon March 18 in the main lobby area at Elmira High School.

  Officials say the fight appears to have been planned. The melee led to the school being placed on lockdown for a short period.”


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Raw Video: Agents Force Innocent Man To Side Of Road, Burn Him Alive In His Car





” Raw video footage has surfaced showing the horrific killing of an innocent man at the hands of Border Patrol Agents.

  Alex Martin’s family is suing the US Government after the video made clear that he burned to death in an eruption caused by the agents, according to reports.

  The incident occurred when Alex got lost on the highway on his way back home.

  It was late at night and with low visibility, Alex accidentally got onto the wrong offramp, heading the opposite direction on the highway.”



     Read more on this horrific killing at Filming Cops and bear in mind that this took place three years ago and is just now coming to light with the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government by the victim’s family .













National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.25.15



National Police Misconduct Reporting Project



” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 25, 2015:

  • Update: Camden, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to lewdness for masturbating in a coffee shop. He remains suspended pending an administrative hearing to determine his future employment
  • Santa Barbara County, California: A deputy was arrested for
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was arrested for assaulting a suspect in custody. Video shows him kneeing the handcuffed suspect in the torso. The suspect required medical treatment for a ruptured spleen.
  • Hummelstown, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with homicide in the shooting death of a 59-year-old man.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The police department is being sued by a state trooper for false arrest and excessive force stemming from an incident at a wedding.
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: An officer was fired after being arrested for harassment.
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was arrested for false imprisonment and battery. She allegedly punched and choked her estranged
  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A now-former officer who fatally shot an unarmed man lost his appeal of his termination.

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Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Municipal Violations




Published on Mar 22, 2015

” If you have money, committing a municipal violation may pose you a minor inconvenience. If you don’t, it can ruin your life.”













Great Minds: Benjamin Franklin: Founding Nerd





Published on Mar 23, 2015

” Learn about Benjamin Franklin, his experiments into electricity, including the truth about the kite and the key.

Hosted by: Hank Green”













William Wallace





” I tell you true, liberty is the best of all things; never live beneath the noose of a servile halter.”














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