Saturday, December 29, 2012

December 29 - Holi-daze





Holi-daze





Overheard
[E is trying on a dress from Aunt Karen]
D: It might look better without the red t-shirt.
E: No! It looks perfect with the red t-shirt.


This Day In History
1170
Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church.
1812
USS Constitution, under the command of Captain William Bainbridge, captures HMS Java off the coast of Brazil after a three hour battle.
1845
The United States annexes the Mexican state of Texas. The Republic of Texas, which had been independent since the Texas Revolution of 1836, is thereupon admitted as the 28th U.S. state.
1860
The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior, is launched.
1949
KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
1959
Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom", which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology.


Famous Birthdays
1721
Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France (d. 1764)
1800
Charles Goodyear, American inventor (d. 1860)
1876
Pau Casals i Defill√≥, known during his professional career as Pablo Casals, Catalan cellist and conductor, generally regarded as the pre-eminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest cellists of all time (d. 1973)
1921
Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (d. 2006)
1936
Mary Tyler Moore, American actress
1959
Patricia Clarkson, American actress
1972
Jude Law, British actor
1985
Alexa Ray Joel, American musician, daughter of Billy Joel

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