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Crowd Begins To File Out While Obama Speaks In Wisconsin









” As President Obama spoke this evening in Wisconsin, the crowd began to file out. Here’s video that captures some folks leaving, even as Obama’s voice can be heard in the background:

  Mike Lowe, a political reporter, also made the observation on Twitter. “Some people –not a lot, but some — are leaving as the President is speaking,” wrote Lowe.

  Obama spoke tonight at a rally for Mary Burke, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Wisconsin.

  Attendees at a recent campaign event President Obama attended in Maryland also left early a couple weeks ago.”


Thanks to the Weekly Standard











Today In The Past




98 – Trajan becomes Roman Emperor after the death of Nerva.

661 – Rashidun Caliphate ended with death of Ali.

672 – St Vitalian ends his reign as Catholic Pope

847 – Sergius II ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1142 – Wrongful execution of noted Song Dynasty General Yue Fei.

1302 – Dante becomes a Florentine political exile

1343 – Pope Clement VI issues the Bull Unigenitus.

1662 – 1st American lime kiln begins operation (Providence RI)




1671 – Pirate Henry Morgan lands at Panama City






1710 – Czar Peter the Great sets 1st Russian state budget

1785 – 1st US state university chartered, Athens Georgia

1823 – President Monroe appoints 1st US ambassadors to South America




1825 – U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears.”






1864 – Battle of Fair Gardens, TN

1864 – Civil War skirmish at Kelly’s Ford, Va

1870 – 1st sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) (DePauw U in Greencastle, Indiana)

1870 – After accepting 15th amendment, VA is readmitted to Union

1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp

1888 – National Geographic Society organizes (Wash DC)

1891 – Mine explosion kills 109 at Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania

1894 – 1st college basketball game, U of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11

1897 – British troops occupy Bida Gold Coast (Ghana)

1900 – Social Democrat Party of America (Debs’ party) holds 1st convention

1902 – 5 workers killed on explosion during IRT subway construction (NYC)

1906 – Rudolf Gundersen skates world record 500m at 44.8 sec

1908 – Pasiphaë, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Melotte

1915 – US Marines occupy Haiti

1917 – Coen de Koning wins 2nd official 11 cities race (9:53) (record)

1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes,” 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater

1918 – The first hostilities occurred in the Finnish Civil War.

1924 – Lenin placed in Mausoleum in Red Square

1926 – 1st public demonstration of television, John L Baird, London

1926 – US Senate agrees to join World Court

1939 – First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

1940 – -17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)

1941 – Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor

1942 – -19°F (-27.4°C), Netherland’s coldest day since 1850

1943 – 1st US air attack on Germany (Wilhelmshafen)

1944 – Leningrad liberated from Germany in 880 days with 600,000 killed

1945 – Nazi occupiers forbid food transport to West (The Netherlands)




1945 – Russia liberates Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camp (Poland)







1945 – Wally van Hall, “banker in defiance,” arrested

1948 – 1st locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg) operates

1948 – 1st tape recorder sold

1961 – “Sing Along with Mitch” [Miller] premieres on NBC TV

1963 – Jevgeni Grishin skates world record 500m in 39.6 sec

1964 – Margaret Chase Smith (Sen-R-Maine) tries for Republican Pres bid

1965 – 1st ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite

1967 – Apollo 1 fire kills astronauts Grissom, White & Chaffee

1967 – New Orleans Saints sign their 1st player (Paige Cothren-kicker)

1967 – Treaty banning military use of nuclear weapons in space, signed

1969 – 14 spies hung in Baghdad

1969 – 9 Jews publically executed in Damascus Syria

1970 – Movie rating system modifies “M” rating to “PG”

1973 – UCLA’s basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)

1973 – US & Vietnam sign cease-fire, ending longest US war & milt draft

1973 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn

1973 – William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign US-N Vietnam treaty

1976 – “Laverne & Shirley” spinoff from “Happy Days” premieres on ABC TV

1977 – 1st broadcast of “Roots” mini-series on ABC TV

1977 – Pres Carter pardons most Vietnam War draft evaders (10,000)

1982 – “Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat” opens at Royale NYC for 747 perfs

1983 – World’s longest subaqueous tunnel (53.90 km) opens, Honshu-Hokkaid

1984 – LA Kings end Wayne Gretzky’s NHL-record 51-game scoring streak

1984 – Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

1988 – Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves nomination of Judge Anthony M Kennedy to US Supreme Court

1989 – German war criminals Fischer & Aus der Funten freed

1991 – Nadine Strossen is 1st female president of the ACLU

1991 – Superbowl XXV: NY Giants beat Buffalo Bills, 20-19 in Tampa Superbowl MVP: Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, RB

1992 – Mike Tyson goes on trial for rape (he is found guilty)

1992 – Pres candidate Bill Clinton (D) & Genifer Flowers accuse each other of lying over her assertion they had a 12-year affair

1994 – Romanian social-democrats form government with anti-Semites

1996 – 15 day old siamese twins separated-Sarah Morales survives, Sarahi dies

1996 – Catherine Roskam becomes the 1st NY female Episcopal bishop

1996 – Germany celebrates it’s 1st Holocaust Rememberance Day

1996 – Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane, in a military coup.

1998 – Crane crashes into Roosevelt Is (NYC) Tram, injuring 10

1998 – Roland Clarkson discovers 2^3021377-1 (37th known Mersenne prime)




1443 – Albert, Duke of Saxony (d. 1500)

1546 – Joachim III Frederick, elector (Brandenburg)

1556 – Abbas I, “the Great,” shah of Persia (1587-1629)

1585 – Hendrick Avercamp, Dutch painter (d. 1634)

1621 – Thomas Willis, English physician (d. 1675)

1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austria, musical prodigy/composer (Figaro), (d. 1791)

1775 – Friedrich von Schelling, Germany, philosopher (Views on Christianity)

1805 – Samuel Palmer, London, painter/etcher (Valley of Vision)

1814 – Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (d. 1879)

1821 – John Chivington, American officer, (d. 1892)

1822 – Thomas Leiper Kane, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1883

1826 – Richard Taylor, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1879

1828 – Samuel Allen Rice, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1864

1830 – William Henry Fitzhugh Payne, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1832 – Lewis Carroll, [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], Halton, Cheshire, author (Alice in Wonderland), (d. 1898)

1834 – Dmitri Mendeleev, chemist (discovered periodic table of the elements)

1834 – Robert Sanford Foster, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1836 – Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian writer (masochism)

1848 – Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (d. 1934)

1850 – Samuel Gompers, Dutch/US 1st president (American Federation of Labor)

1850 – Edward J. Smith, English captain of the Titanic (d. 1912)

1872 – Learned Hand, Albany NY, Chief judge (US Court of Appeals)

1885 – Jerome Kern, NYC, Broadway composer (Showboat, Roberta)

1887 – Carl Blegen, Minneapolis, archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos)

1889 – Balthasar van der Pol, physicist (Comparison of Van der Pol)

1894 – Fritz Pollard, early black NFL star (1920-26)




1900 – Hyman G RickoverUS Admiral (father of modern nuclear navy)






1901 – Art Rooney, NFL team owner (Pittsburgh Steelers)

1903 – John Eccles, British physiologist/neurologist

1903 – Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (d. 1979)

1905 – Howard McNear, LA California, actor (Floyd-Andy Griffith Show, Jetsons)

1907 – Henry Cotton, English golf champion (won 3x British Open)

1908 – William Randolph Hearst Jr, newspaper publisher (Hearst Publishing)

1908 – Oran Page, American musician (d. 1954)

1912 – Lawrence Durrell, Darjeeling, Indian/British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet)

1912 – Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher

1914 – Anna Larina, revolutionary




1918 – Elmore Jamesbluesman,slide guitarist (Dust My Broom)








1918 – Skitch Henderson, Birmingham England, orchestra leader (Tonight Show)

1918 – William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (d. 2005)

1919 – David Seville, [Ross Bagdasarian], Fresno California, (Alvin & Chipmunks)

1920 – John Box, British film production designer and art director (d. 2005)

1921 – Donna Reed, Denison Iowa, (From Here to Eternity, Wonderful Life)

1924 – Sabu, [Dastagir], India, actor (Elephant Boy, Drum)

1925 – John Bury, designer

1927 – Joe Perry, AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback (SF 49ers, Balt Colts)

1929 – Ingrid Thulin, Solleftea Sweden, actress (Cries & Whispers, Damned)




1930 – Bobby “Blue” BlandRosemark TNblues singer (Call on the Drummer)







1931 – Mordecai Richler, Montreal author, (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)

1933 – Mohamed Al Fayed, CEO (Harrods)

1934 – Donald Spiers, controller (Aircraft MoD)

1936 – Troy Donahue, NYC, actor (Surfside Six, Cockfighter, Hawaiian Eye)

1936 – Samuel Ting, Ann Arbor, Michigan, American physicist, Nobel Laureate

1938 – Kim Gardner, rocker (Byrds)

1938 – Timothy Elworthy, Captain of The Queen’s Flight

1940 – Brian T O’Leary, Boston Mass, astronaut

1942 – James Cromwell, LA California, actor (Stretch-All in the Family, Babe)

1942 – John Witherspoon, American actor

1943 – A H Harper, CEO (Baltic Exchange)

1944 – Nicholas Berkeley Mason, drummer (Pink Floyd-Brick in the Wall)

1945 – Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, North Irish peace activist (Nobel 1976)

1945 – Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader (d. 2005)

1946 – Kim Gardner, England, rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke)

1947 – Nedra Telley, NYC, vocalist (Ronettes-Be My Little Baby)

1947 – Björn Afzelius, Swedish singer (d. 1999)

1948 – Mikhail Baryshnikov, Riga Latvia, ballet dancer (That’s Dancing)

1950 – Amos Grunebaum, Israeli-born physician

1950 – Derek Acorah, English spirit medium

1951 – Brian Downey, rock drummer (Thin Lizzy-Boys are Back in Town)

1951 – Seth Justman, Wash DC, rock keyboardist (J Geils Band-Centerfold)

1952 – “White Shoes” Johnson, American football player

1954 – Kimberly J “Kim” Hughes, Australian cricketer

1954 – Peter Laird, American comic-book artist

1954 – Joko Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist

1955 – Richard Young, Glasgow Ky, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)

1955 – John G. Roberts, 17th Chief Justice of the United States

1955 – Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver

1956 – Mimi Rogers, Coral Gables Fla, actress (Paper Dolls, The Rousters)




1957 – Frank MillerUScomicbook writer (BatmanThe Dark Knight Returns)






1959 – Keith Olbermann, American news presenter

1961 – Charlotte Kemp, Omaha Ne, playmate (Dec, 1982)

1961 – Jean-Paul Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Oly-9/10-88, 92, 96)

1961 – Karen Velez, Rockville Ctr NY, playmate (December, 1984)

1961 – Margo Timmins, singer (Cowboy Junkies)

1961 – Martin Degville, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)

1961 – Narciso Rodriguez, American fashion designer

1962 – James F Doehring, Santa Barbara CA, shot putter (Olympics-silver-1992)

1964 – Bridget Fonda, LA California, actress (Scandal, Single White Female)

1968 – Mike Patton, Eureka Ca, rocker (Faith No More-The Real Thing)

1968 – Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta Tx, country singer (Sticks & Stones)

1968 – Tricky, English rapper

1969 – Kristen Danihy, Lawton Oklahoma, team handball circle/wing (Olympics-1996)

1969 – Phil Plantier, Manchester NH, outfielder (SD Padres, Red Sox, A’s)

1969 – Patton Oswalt, American actor and writer

1970 – Jon Douglas Rainey, American TV personality

1972 – Guillermo, Mexican-born American TV personality

1973 – Eddie Davis, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)

1973 – Margot Bourgeois, Miss Universe-3rd place (Trinidad & Tobago, 1997)

1976 – Haimish Karrasch, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1979 – Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgian beach volleyball player

1981 – Jonny Lang, blues musician





98 – Marius Cocceius Nerva, emperor of Rome (96-98), dies at about 67

661 – Death of Ali, the final Sunni Rashidun and first Shia Imam.(b. 599 or 600)

672 – Vitalianus, pope (657-72)/saint, dies

847 – Sergius II, pope (844-47), dies

1164 – Abraham ibn Ezra, poet/philosopher, dies

1490 – Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shogun (b. 1435)

1540 – Angela Merici, Italian monk/monastery, dies

1629 – Hieronymus Praetorius, composer, dies at 68

1699 – William Temple, statesman, dies

1816 – Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood/admiral, dies at 92

1850 – J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/writer, dies at 85

1851 – John James Audubon, conservationist (Audubon Society), dies at 65

1860 – János Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1802)

1864 – Franz von Klenze, German architect (palace Leuchtenberg), dies at 59

1880 – Edward Middleton Barry, English architect (b. 1830)

1901 – Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer, dies at 77

1921 – Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian soldier (b. 1891)

1927 – Georgios Grivas, Cyprus-born general in the Greek Army

1967 – Alphonse Juin, French marshal, dies at 78




1967 – Edward Higgins White IILt Col USAF/astronaut (Gemini 4), dies at 36







1967 – Roger B Chaffeeastronautdies at 31 in Apollo I fire






1967 – Virgil I (Gus) Grissomastronautdies at 40 in Apollo I fire






1972 – Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (He Got the Whole World), dies at 60

1972 – Richard Courant, German/US mathematician, dies at 84

1974 – Georgios Grivas, Greek gen/oppos leader on Cyprus (EOKA), dies at 75

1978 – Oscar Homolka, actor (7 Year Itch, Ball of Fire), dies at 79

1983 – Paul “Bear” Bryant, US football coach (Alabama), dies at 69

1986 – L Ron Hubbard, novelist/founder (Church of Scientology), dies at 74

1986 – Lilli Palmer, German actress (Boys from Brazil, Kinder), dies at 71

1992 – Gene Harris, entertainer, dies after long illness

1993 – Andre “the Giant” Roussimoff, WWF wrestler, dies of heart attack at 49

1994 – Claude Akins, actor (Rio Bravo, Lobo), dies of cancer at 67

1994 – Eddie Calhoun, jazz bassist, dies at 72

1995 – Geoffrey Parsons, Australian/British pianist, dies at 65

1995 – Halsey S Colchester, British SAS/MI6-spy/priest, dies at 76

1996 – John Patrick Sutton Ludlow, actor (Agatha), dies at 93

1996 – Julian Hill, research chemist, dies at 91

1997 – Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)

2004 – Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)

2006 – Gene McFadden, American singer and songwriter (b. 1948)

2006 – Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer (disappeared) (b. 1965)

2007 – Tige Andrews, American actor (b. 1920)

2009 – John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)

2010 – J. D. Salinger, American novelist (b. 1919)

2010 – Howard Zinn, American historian (b. 1922)

2010 – Zelda Rubinstein, American actress (b. 1933)










Today In The Past





1425 BC – Thutmose III, Pharaoh of Egypt, dies (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty).

417 – Zosimus becomes bishop of Rome

537 – Goths lay siege to Rome

843 – Icon worship officially re-instated in Aya Sofia Constantinople

928 – Trpimir II succeeds to the Croatian throne.




1387 – The Battle of Castagnaro begins.






1513 – Giovanni de’ Medici chosen Pope Leo X

1563 – League of High Nobles routes 2nd protest against King Philip II

1665 – NY approves new code guaranteeing Protestants religious rights

1669 – Volcano Etna in Italy erupts killing 15,000

1779 – US army Corps of Engineers established (1st time)

1789 – Benjamin Banneker with L’Enfant begin to lay out Washington DC

1791 – Samuel Mulliken, Phila, is 1st to obtain more than 1 US patent

1795 – Battle at Kurdla India: Mahratten beat Mogols

1823 – 1st normal school in US opens, Concord Academy, Concord, Vt

1824 – US War Dept creates the Bureau of Indian Affair

1845 – The Flagstaff War: In New Zealand, Chiefs Hone Heke and Kawiti lead 700 Māoris to chop down the British flagpole and drive settlers out of the British colonial settlement of Kororareka because of breaches of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi.

1862 – Lincoln removes McClellen as general-in-chief & makes him head of Army of the Potomac

1862 – 12] Gen Stonewall Jackson evacuates Winchester Virginia . Gen Henry Halleck is named general-in-chief

1864 – Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta), Tennessee

1864 – The Great Sheffield Flood: The largest man-made disaster ever to befall England kills over 250 people in Sheffield.

1865 – Gen Sherman’s Union forces occupies Fayetteville, NC

1867 – Great Mauna Loa eruption (Hawaiian volcano)

1872 – Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, begins; located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain.

1882 – Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association organized in Princeton NJ

1888 – Great blizzard of ’88 strikes NE US

1892 – 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Mass)




1895 – Spanish cruiser Reina Regenta sinks at Gibraltar, 400 killed






1897 – A meteorite enters the earth’s atmosphere and explodes over New Martinsville, West Virginia. The debris causes damage but no human injuries are reported.

1917 – British troops occupy Baghdad

1917 – World War I: Baghdad falls to the Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Stanley Maude.

1918 – Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia

1918 – Save the Redwoods League founded




1927 – 1st armored car hold-up in US, Pittsburgh






1927 – 1st golden gloves tournament

1930 – Pres & Chief Justice William Taft buried in Arlington

1935 – Bank of Canada opens

1935 – Hermann Goering officially creates German Air Force, the Luftwaffe

1936 – British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin pardons five convicted Irish militants who promise to join growing conflict with Germany.

1941 – Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ

1941 – FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)

1942 – 1st deportation train leaves Paris for Auschewitz Concentration Camp

1942 – Gen MacArthur leaves Corregidor (Bataan) for Australia

1945 – 1,000 allied bombers harass Essen, 4,662 ton bombs

1945 – Flemish nazi collaborator Maria Huygens sentenced to death

1948 – 1st black in the US Tennis Open (Reginald Weir)




1953 – American B-47 accidentally drops a nuclear bomb on South Carolina, the bomb doesn’t go off due to 6 safety catches






1960 – Pioneer 5 launched into solar orbit between Earth & Venus

1966 – Military coup led by Indonesian Gen Suharto breaks out

1966 – A fire at two ski resorts in Numata, Japan kills 31 people.

1967 – Pink Floyd releases their 1st single (Arnold Layne)

1968 – Otis Redding posthumously receives gold record for ” Dock of the Bay”

1970 – Iraq Ba’th Party recognizes Kurd nation

1974 – Mount Etna in Sicily erupted

1974 – Rhino Store gives people 5 cents to take home Danny Bonaduce’s Album

1977 – Moslems hold 130 hostages in Wash DC

1978 – Terrorists attack mail truck at Tel Aviv, 45 killed

1982 – Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat sign peace treaty in Wash DC

1983 – Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki Finland won by Torvill & Dean (GRB)

1983 – Ice Pairs Championship at Helsinki won by Valova & Vasiliev (URS)

1983 – Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA)

1983 – Men’s Fig Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

1986 – 1 million days since traditional foundation of Rome, 4/21/753 BC

1986 – 187.27 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

1986 – Islander Mike Bossy, 1st NHLer to score 50 goals in 9 straight seasons

1986 – Japanese probe Sakigake flies by Halley’s Comet at 6.8 million km

1986 – NFL adopts instant replay rule

1987 – Wayne Gretzky scores 1,500th NHL point

1991 – Janet Jackson signs $40M 3 album deal with Virgin records

1991 – Monica Seles ends Steffi Graf’s streak of 186 weeks ranked as #1

1993 – Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Prague won by Kurt Browning CAN

1995 – -36.8°F (-38.2°C) in Chosedachar, Komi-district, on 67°N

1995 – Sinn Fein party leader, Gerry Adams, arrives in US

1996 – John Winston Howard becomes the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. His term in office is the second longest in Australian history, ending on December 3, 2007.

1997 – Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space

2004 – Terrorists explode simultaneous bombs on Madrid’s rail network ripping through a commuter train and rocking three stations, killing 190

2009 – Winnenden school shooting – 17 people are killed at a school in Germany.

2011 – An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

2012 – US soldier kills 16 civilians in Afghanistan






1544 – Torquato Tasso, Italy, Renaissance poet (Aminta, Apologia)

1549 – Henric/Hendrik Spieghel, Dutch Renaissance writer and poet (Hertspiegel)

1596 – Isaac Elsevier, book publisher




1731 – Robert Treat Paine, judge, signer (Declaration of Independence)






1738 – Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (d. 1792)

1785 – John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1861)

1787 – Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (d. 1852)

1811 – Marsena Rudolph Patrick, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1811 – Urbain Jean Joseph le Verrier, co-discoverer (Neptune)

1812 – James Speed, Atty Gen (Union), died in 1887

1818 – John Wilkins Whitfield, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1879

1822 – Allison Nelson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1862

1832 – William Ruffin Cox, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1919

1840 – Edmund Kirby Jr, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1863

1860 – Thomas Hastings, NYC, architect (NY Public Library)

1879 – Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph tests)

1880 – Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenecist (d. 1943)

1885 – Malcolm Campbell, 1st auto racer to travel 5 miles/min (8 km/min)

1887 – Raoul Walsh, American film director (Thief of Baghdad, Battle Cry), (d. 1980)

1890 – Vannevar Bush, developed 1st electronic analogue computer

1892 – Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II)




1903 – Lawrence Welk, Strasburg ND, orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show)







1904 – Cornelis Jan Bakker, Dutch/US nuclear physicist

1907 – Helmuth J von Moltke, German politician (July 20th plot)

1911 – Fitzroy Maclean, British diplomat soldier politician/historian

1913 – Thomas Gray, professor/anaesthetist

1915 – J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and Internet pioneer (d. 1990)

1916 – [James] Harold Wilson, (L) British PM (1964-70, 1974-76)

1919 – Mercer Ellington, son of Duke Ellington/bandleader

1920 – Henry Marking, CEO (British Airways)

1921 – F[rancis] M[arion] Busby Jr, US, sci-fi author (Star Rebel)

1921 – Frank Harary, American mathematician (d. 2005)

1923 – A Louise Brough Clapp, Oklahoma, tennis player (4 time Wimbledon champ)

1926 – Patricia Tindaole, England, architect

1926 – Ralph Abernathy, civil rights leader (Southern Christian Leadership)

1928 – Albert Salmi, Bkln NY, actor (Daniel Boone, 79 Park Avenue)

1928 – Peter Roger Hunt, London England, director (Dr No)

1929 – Erskine Childers, unofficial/civil servant

1929 – Francisco Bernardo Pulgar Vidal, composer

1929 – Jackie McGlew, cricketer (dour South African opening bat of the 50′)

1929 – Timothy Carey, American actor (d. 1994)

1930 – David Gentleman, designer/painter

1931 – Peter Walters, CEO (Midland Bank)

1931 – Rupert Murdoch, Australia, publisher (NY Post)/CEO (FOX-TV)

1934 – Sam Donaldson, El Paso Tx, ABC White House correspondent (Prime Time)

1945 – Harvey Mandel, rock guitarist (Drei Amerikanische LP’s)

1945 – Dock Ellis, American baseball player

1947 – Dominique Sanda, [Varaigne], Paris France, actress (1900, First Love)

1947 – Mark Stein, singer/organist/keyboardist (Vanilla Fudge)

1948 – George Kooymans, Dutch guitarist/singer (Golden Earring)

1950 – Bobby McFerrin, singer (Don’t Worry Be Happy-Grammy 1989)




1950 – Jerry Zucker, Milwaukee WI, director (Airplane, Naked Gun)







1952 – Douglas Adams, England, author (Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

1952 – Susan Richardson, Coatesville Pa, actress (Susan-8 is Enough)

1955 – Nina Hagen, East Berlin German DR, actress (Blue Angel)

1956 – Curtis L Brown Jr, NC, astronaut (STS 47, STS 66, 77, 85, sk:95)

1957 – Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Leningrad, Soviet Union, Chess Grandmaster, (d. 2012)

1961 – Elias Koteas, Canadian actor

1965 – Jesse Jackson, Jr., American politician

1969 – Soraya, Colombian-American singer (d. 2006)

1971 – Johnny Knoxville, American television personality

1975 – Eric the Midget, American radio personality

1979 – Benji Madden, American guitarist (Good Charlotte)

1979 – Joel Madden, American singer (Good Charlotte)

1981 – Heidi Cortez, American erotic broadcaster

1982 – Thora Birch, Los Angeles, California, American actress (American Beauty, Ghost World)





222 – Julia Soaemias, mother of Elagabalus (b. 180). Ruler during her son’s minority, murdered by the Praetorian Guard

222 – Elagabalus, Roman Emperor (218-22) murdered by the Praetorian Guard aged 18

638 – Sophronius of Jerusalem, saint/patriarch of Jerusalem, dies

859 – Eulogius of Cordoba, Spanish Bishop and Christian Martyr

1198 – Marie de Champagne, daughter of Louis VII of France (b. 1145)

1486 – Albrecht III Achilles, elector of Brandenburg, dies at 71

1514 – Donato Bramante, Italian architect (b. 1444)

1602 – Emilio de’ Cavalieri, Italian composer

1722 – John Toland, Irish philosopher (b. 1670)

1759 – John Forbes, British general (b. 1710)




1820 – Benjamin West, British painter (Death of General Wolfe), dies at 81




The Death Of General Wolfe




1863 – Sir James Outram, 1st Baronet, English general (b. 1803)

1897 – Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist/evangelist, dies at 45

1898 – William Rosecrans, American Civil War Union general (b. 1819)

1920 – Julio Garavito Armero, Colombian astronomer (b. 1865)

1921 – Sherburne W Burnham, US astronomer (binary stars), dies at 83

1937 – Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist (b. 1860)

1955 – Alexander Fleming, English bacteriologist (penicillin), dies at 73

1955 – Oscar Mayer, Bavarian-born American meat packer (b. 1859)

1957 – Richard E Byrd, US, explorer (Antarctica), dies at 68

1958 – Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor of Legos (b. 1891)

1970 – Erle Stanley Gardner, US writer (Perry Mason), dies at 80

1971 – Philo T Farnsworth, US TV pioneer, dies at 64

1972 – Fredric [William] Brown, sci-fi author (Martians Go Home), dies at 65
son, composer, dies at 59

1975 – Sammy Spear, orchestra leader (Dom Deluise Show), dies at 65

1977 – Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)

1977 – Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist (b. 1893)

1982 – Edmund Cooper, British sci-fi writer (Tomorrow Came), dies at 55




1986 – Sonny Terry, American blues musician (b. 1911)







1987 – [Wayne] Woody Hayes, football coach (Ohio State), dies at 74

1989 – James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)

1989 – John J. McCloy, United States Secretary of War (b. 1895)

1992 – Richard Brooks, director (Blackboard Jungle, Key Largo), dies at 79

1993 – Dino Bravo, wrestler (WWF), shot to death at 44

1996 – Vince Edwards, actor (Ben Casey), dies of cancer at 67

2002 – James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)

2006 – Slobodan Milošević, President of Serbia and of Yugoslavia (b. 1941)

2007 – Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (b. 1921)

2010 – Merlin Olsen, American football player / Actor (b. 1940)

Keeping to the lighter side today , we have this feel-good story via  The Blaze . All I can say is three cheers for Mr. Paynter and his generosity .

  ” A Kentucky businessman earned subterfuge the term “Summer Santa” when he bought out all the merchandise in a closing Kmart store — and donated it all to charity.

Rankin Paynter, who runs a jewelery exchange in Winchester, told WLEX-TV he was at the superstore two days before it was set to shut its doors. Wondering what was going to happen with everything left on the shelves, he got an idea: Buy it all and give it to those in need.

Four cash registers and six-and-a-half hours later, Paynter walked away with a $200,000 haul — even renting a building to store everything. “

  “The Interior Department is expected to issue long-awaited regulations for “fracking” on public lands as early as Thursday, according to industry officials closely following the rules.
   The regulations mark the latest effort by the Obama administration to exert more federal oversight over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the drilling technique that has helped usher in the natural gas boom, but has also raised environmental concerns. But the regulations — combined with recent Environmental Protection Agency rules aimed at cutting air pollution that results from fracking — could be politically treacherous for Obama going into the election.”

Whatever it takes to get $8 gas

  ” What was supposed to be an easy win—a victory lap on the anniversary of Bin Laden’s death, trumping up the president’s most militant moment—appeared to be slipping away.

The frustration—or, even anger—within the SEAL community is real, and has been brewing for months, particularly among a politically conservative core of operators. It started immediately after the raid, with questions among the Special Forces and intelligence community of whether the president should have waited to announce the kill to exploit the intelligence cache at Osama’s compound. It simmered after a Chinook helicopter was shot down, killing 30 Americans, 22 of them Navy SEALs from Team Six.

Was it a coincidence, SEALs asked themselves, catastrophe hit Team Six so soon after being named as the team responsible for the killing? “

I will forever believe that the president’s grandstanding , indiscretion and ego played a direct role in the SEAL Team 6 losses .

It’s May Day isn’t it ? What better day for the Leftists to show their true colors ( do you hear that , Jews ?)

 ” The Left’s May Day terrorism campaign got underway a day early Monday as at least seven Wells Fargo bank branches in Manhattan reportedly began receiving suspicious envelopes containing white powder in the mail.”




This is the true face of the world workers . Now I’m a worker but these people sure don’t represent my views . How about you ?

You might want to stop in and take part in a ” Townhall on Terror ” Make yourself heard .

  “In its own words, the Muslim Brotherhood is engaged in a “grand Jihad” with the intention of “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.” Like it or not, we are in a showdown with evil. But what exactly is the nature of the threat we face and how can we best confront it?”

Michael Barone :

 “The latest survey of Jewish Americans, conducted March 14-27 by a firm called Knowledge Networks for the American Jewish Committee, shows Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney by a 61%-28% margin. That’s significantly behind Obama’s 78%-21% margin over John McCain among Jewish voters in the 2008 exit poll. “

  Could someone please explain to me this slathering devotion to a man and a party that has made it plain that they believe that Israel is the chief obstacle to peace in the Mideast ? In all my half century plus on this Earth the Republican party has forever demonstrated that it was a much more earnest and reliable friend of Israel than the left and yet the Jews overwhelmingly vote for the left . This is the same left that demands divestiture , enables weapons smuggling , provides cover and support for the terrorists that are the Palestinians .

“I say any president, Jimmy Carter, anybody, any president would have, obviously, under those circumstances, done the same thing.  And to now take credit for something that any president would do is indicative of take over campaign we’re under — we’re — we’re seeing…So all I can say is that this is going to be a very rough campaign,” McCain told Fox News in an interview set to air Monday night. “And I’ve had the great honor of serving in the company of heroes.  And, you know the thing about heroes, they don’t brag.” 

John McCain

“Of course. Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order . “

Mitt Romney 

I think it’s fair to say that any American would have given the order , but how many would have the chutzpah to claim credit for it as if they took some personal risk in doing so ?

 “Attacks on the White House from members of the same party always attract media attention and can be a distraction from the president’s legislative and political goals. At various times during his first term, Obama has shown irritation when he’s been hit with friendly fire.”

Considering how commonplace these intra-party attacks are I must say that the din from the above mentioned ” media attention ” is deafening

Just another case of “we the people ” knowing better what’s going on than our clueless leaders . Remind me again , what do we pay them for ?

“Voters overwhelmingly reject the idea that the war on terror is over one year after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, although most feel his al Qaeda terrorist group is weaker today. But a majority also still thinks a terrorist attack is possible in the next year.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 11% of Likely U.S. Voters think the war on terror is over. Seventy-nine percent (79%) say that war, declared after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, is not over. Another 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

“You can have all the advanced war methods you want, but, after all,
nobody has ever invented a war that you don’t have to have somebody
in the guise of soldiers to stop the bullets.”

Will Rogers

From Michael Ramirez at IBD

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Good for the SEALS . More and more people are standing up and shouting “bulls..t ” . All I can say is , ” It’s about time ” .The emperor has no clothes and it is FINALLY starting to be noticed . 

About that FORWARD thing…

Some humor via Wizbang :


Lening leading the Communists "Forward"

          Communism Moving Forward (under Lenin)


What, that didn’t end well?

Well then, who besides Lenin was leading the way “Forward”?

Be sure and check out the rest 


We get results , LOL  It seems that the hue and cry generated by both of my readers as a result of my previous post on the ” Crucifixion ” has rattled the under carriage of the Hope and Change Greyhound :

” Al Armendariz, the Environmental Protection
Agency official under fire for comparing enforcement of environmental laws to crucifixion, has resigned. “

DC Caller : Army base cancels Ted Nugent concert over anti-Obama remarks.

Makes one wonder where the troops’ loyalties will be when the SHTF . I want to believe that the rank and file would never fire on their fellow citizens but it’s hard to believe that the brass won’t issue the orders . it seems that the corruption of the Federal authorities is nearly complete . This calls for a book recommendation . If you haven’t read ” Unintended Consequences ” by John Ross , perhaps you should .

Selena Zito on the Pennsylvania Battleground :

“The Jacksonian-Jeffersonian voters who will swing this election in key battleground states are especially plentiful in the Keystone State and are most dissatisfied with the president’s performance.

Pennsylvania tends to be a great tease for Republicans in general elections; 1988 was the last time a GOP presidential candidate won the state. Yet, because Pennsylvania is four points more Democrat than Ohio, Florida or Nevada, a close race here means those other states have left Obama.

“That is a problem,” conceded Dane Strother, a Democrat strategist. “Romney sees opportunity in Pennsylvania and he is not shy about going for it.”

Strother said coal country is a good story for Romney to tell and he is “absolutely” working to fill the gaps with voters of all denominations across the state.

“Look, he is not a dumb guy,” Strother explained. “He knows he might not win Pennsylvania but playing there is smart. And if he can tighten the margins there, the president is in trouble.” “

Like him or not , He sure seems to be smarter than McCain . And that certainly is good for us all .

With a little luck Lugar will be retired shortly . The man can’t even vote for himself . LOL

 “Dick Lugar has announced that his campaign will target cell phone users browsing the internet in zip codes where Richard Mourdock events are taking place.

The targeted ads will repeat the misleading claim, already debunked by, that Mourdock cheated on taxes.  This is yet another sign of Lugar desperation. “

” No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the congress is in session. “

Mark Twain