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Sunday, October 31, 2010

October 21 - This Day In History

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October 31

1517 - Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace Church. The event marked the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

1860 - Juliette Low, the founder off the Girl Scouts, was born.

1864 - Nevada became the 36th state to join the U.S.

1868 - Postmaster General Alexander Williams Randall approved a standard uniform for postal carriers.

1887 - Nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek was born. He was the first constitutional President of the Republic of China.

1914 - The Ottoman Empire (Turkey) joined the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Bulgaria).

1922 - Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy.

1926 - Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. His appendix had been damaged twelve days earlier when he had been punched in the stomach by a student unexpectedly. During a lecture Houdini had commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard blows.

1940 - The British air victory in the Battle of Britain prevented Germany from invading Britain.

1941 - Mount Rushmore was declared complete after 14 years of work. At the time the 60-foot busts of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were finished.

1941 - The U.S. Navy destroyer Reuben James was torpedoed by a German submarine near Iceland. The U.S. had not yet entered World War II. More than 100 men were killed.

1952 - The U.S. detonated its first hydrogen bomb.

1954 - The Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) began a revolt against French rule.

1955 - Britain's Princess Margaret announced she would not marry Royal Air Force Captain Peter Townsend.

1956 - Rear Admiral G.J. Dufek become the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole. Dufek also became the first person to set foot on the South Pole.

1959 - Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. Marine from Fort Worth, TX, announced that he would never return to the U.S. At the time he was in Moscow, Russia.

1961 - In the Soviet Union, the body of Joseph Stalin was removed from Lenin's Tomb where it was on public display.

1968 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam.

1969 - Wal-Mart Discount City stores were incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

1981 - Antiqua and Barbuda became independent of Great Britain.

1983 - The U.S. Defense Department acknowledged that during the U.S. led invasion of Grenada, that a U.S. Navy plane had mistakenly bombed a civilian hospital.

1984 - Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated near her residence by two Sikh security guards. Her son, Rajiv, was sworn in as prime minister.

1992 - In Liberia, it was announced that five American nuns had been killed near Monrovia. Rebels loyal to Charles Taylor were blamed for the murders.

1993 - River Phoenix died at the age of 23 after collapsing outside The Viper Room in Hollywood.

1993 - The play "Wonderful Tennessee" closed after only 9 performances.

1994 - 68 people were killed when an American Eagle ATR-72, plunged into a northern Indiana farm.

1997 - Louise Woodward, British au pair, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen. She was released after her sentence was reduced to manslaughter.

1998 - Iraq announced that it was halting all dealings with U.N. arms inspectors. The inspectors were investigating the country's weapons of mass destruction stemming from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

1999 - EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed off the coast of Nantucket, MA, killing all 217 people aboard.

1999 - Leaders from the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. The event ended a centuries-old doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and salvation.

2001 - Microsoft and the U.S. Justice Department reached a tentative agreement to settle the antitrust case against the software company.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Jan Vermeer 1632

John Keats 1795

Juliette Lowe 1860

Chiang Kai-Shek 1887

Ethel Waters 1896

Cal Hubbard 1900

Dale Evans 1912

Dick Francis 1920

Illinois Jacquet 1922

Norodom Sihanouk 1922

Barbara Bel Geddes 1922

Anita Kerr 1927

Lee Grant 1930

Michael Collins 1930

Dan Rather 1931

Phil Goyette 1933

Mikkey Dee 1935

Michael Landon 1936

Tom Paxton 1937

Ron Rifkin 1939

Otis Williams 1941

David Ogden Stiers 1942

Sally Kirkland 1944

Kinky (Richard) Friedman 1944

Russ Ballard 1947

Frank Shorter 1947

Deidre Hall 1948

John Candy 1950

Jane Pauley 1950

Lynda Goodfriend 1950

Dan Spring 1951

Bernard Edwards 1952

Johnny Cleg 1953

Larry Mullen Jr. 1961

Dermont Mulroney 1963

Mikkey Dee 1963

Johnny Marr 1963

Rob Schneider 1964

Darryl Worley 1964

Annabella Lwin 1965

Adam Horovitz 1966

Adam Schlesinger 1967

Vanilla Ice 1967

Fred McGriff 1968

Linn Berggren 1970

Eddie Kaye Thomas 1980

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

How Hot Can Love Get? Burning Love Answers The Question!

If you like erotica, romance, action, and science fiction, then read on...

Burning Love

Burning Love is the book for you! Here's what the critics have to say...

5 ROSES: "This is an unusual ménage story. It is very tastefully done for those who may find that kind of thing distasteful. I enjoyed the by play between characters as well as their growth as individuals. The scenes are dramatic and colorful, and more than enough to keep the reader's attention. For those who like a little spice to their romance or even those who are more conservative, this is a book you have to read! It is the perfect blend of science fiction and paranormal romance, and I for one am definitely going to continue to follow the crew of the HMSS Daedalus through their adventures! I recommend that you do too!" -- Coale, My Book Cravings

5 CUPS: "Burning Love is my favorite kind of science fiction and paranormal romance! This is a fast-paced love story full of suspense, action and best of all, true love. I loved how each character has their own flaws and how they work to overcome them. This particular love triangle is handled with great taste. Even if you are not one to read a sexual multiple partner story you will still find lots to love about this book. To top it all off the world building is spectacular. I will be avidly purchasing the other books in this universe and highly recommend Ms. Aaron to anyone who loves to read romance!" -- Regina, Coffee Time Romance

5 ANGELS: "I found it rather ingenious that the author named the ship Daedalus. For this tale abounds with a labyrinthine plot, adroit characterization, and skilled world building. While the tale was slow to build in the beginning it rapidly built to a resounding crescendo. The ménage between Star, Krell, and Spence was skillfully handled. There were a few mild sensual scenes but nothing too spicy. The main focus of Burning Love is the struggles that Star, Krell, and Spence face, not only in trying to carry out their mission but also in coming to terms with the triangle that they have become. None of the characters are perfect but with all three together their flaws are balanced by their strengths and the result is lovely to behold. If you like science fiction with hot aliens then Burning Love is for you." -- Hayley, Fallen Angel Reviews

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October 30 - This Day In History

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October 30

1735 - John Adams, the second President of the United States, was born in Braintree, MA. His son became the sixth President of the U.S.

1817 - The independent government of Venezuela was established by Simon Bolivar.

1831 - Escaped slave Nat Turner was apprehended in Southampton County, VA, several weeks after leading the bloodiest slave uprising in American history.

1875 - The constitution of Missouri was ratified by popular vote.

1893 - The U.S. Senate gave final approval to repeal the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890.

1894 - The time clock was patented by Daniel M. Cooper of Rochester, NY.

1938 - Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" aired on CBS radio. The belief that the realistic radio dramatization was a live news event about a Martian invasion caused panic among listeners.

1943 - In Moscow, a declaration was signed by the Governments of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and China called for an early establishment of an international organization to maintain peace and security. The goal was supported on December 1, 1943, at a meeting in Teheran.

1944 - Martha Graham's ballet "Appalachian Spring" premiered at the Library of Congress.

1945 - The U.S. government announced the end of shoe rationing.

1953 - General George C. Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1961 - The Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb with a force of approximately 58 megatons.

1961 - The Soviet Party Congress unanimously approved an order to remove Joseph Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb.

1972 - U.S. President Richard Nixon approved legislation to increase Social Security spending by $5.3 billion.

1972 - In Illinois, 45 people were killed when two trains collided on Chicago's south side.

1975 - Prince Juan Carlos assumed power in Spain as dictator Francisco Franco was near death.

1975 - The New York Daily News ran the headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead." The headline came a day after U.S. President Gerald R. Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City.

1984 - In Poland, police found the body of kidnapped pro-Solidarity priest Father Jerry Popieluszko. His death was blamed on four security officers.

1989 - Mitsubishi Estate Company announced it would buy 51 percent of Rockefeller Group Inc. of New York.

1993 - Martin Fettman, America's first veterinarian in space, performed the world's first animal dissections in space, while aboard the space shuttle Columbia.

1993 - The United Nations deadline concerning ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide passed with the country's military still in control.

1995 - Federalist prevailed over separatists in Quebec in a referendum concerning secession from the federation of Canada.

1997 - The play revival "The Cherry Orchard" opened.

1998 - The terrorist who hijacked a Turkish Airlines plane and the 39 people on board was killed when anti-terrorist squads raided the plane.

2001 - In New York City, U.S. President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

2001 - Michael Jordan returned to the NBA with the Washington Wizards after a 3 1/2 year retirement. The Wizards lost 93-91 to the New York Knicks.

Whose Birthday Is It?

John Adams 1735

Richard Sheridan 1751

Alfred Sisley 1839

Ezra Pound 1885

Charles Atlas 1893

Ruth Gordon 1896

Sue Carol 1907

Gordon Parks 1912

Fred Friendly 1915

Joe Adcock 1927

Louis Malle 1932

Hamilton Camp 1934

Dick Vermeil 1936

Dick Gautier 1937

Claude Lelouch 1937

Eddie Holland 1939

Grace Slick 1939

Ed Lauter 1940

Otis Williams 1941

Henry Winkler 1945

Jim Messina 1947

Timothy B. Schmidt 1947

Harry Hamlin 1951

Charles Martin Smith 1953

T. Graham Brown 1954

Shanna Reed 1955

Kevin Pollak 1958

Joey Belladonna 1960

Diego Armando Maradona 1960

Ty Detmer 1967

Gavin Rossdale 1967

Nia Long 1970

Kassidy Osborn 1976

Christopher Backus 1981

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Friday, October 29, 2010

October 29 - This Day In History

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1618 - Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded under a sentence that had been brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I.

1652 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed itself to be an independent commonwealth.

1682 - William Penn landed at what is now Chester, PA. He was the founder of Pennsylvania.

1863 - The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded.

1901 - Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of U.S. President McKinley, was electrocuted.

1911 - American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died.

1923 - Turkey formally became a republic after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. The first president was Mustafa Kemal, later known as Kemal Ataturk.

1929 - America's Great Depression began with the crash of the Wall Street stock market.

1940 - The first peacetime military draft began in the U.S.

1945 - The first ballpoint pens to be made commercially went on sale at Gimbels Department Store in New York at the price of $12.50 each.

1956 - Israel invaded Egypt's Sinai Peninsula during the Suez Canal Crisis.

1956 - "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" premiered on NBC. The show replaced "The Camel News Caravan."

1959 - General Mills became the first corporation to use close-circuit television.

1960 - Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) won his first professional fight.

1964 - Three men stole the star of India and other gems from the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The men were later convicted of the crime.

1966 - The National Organization for Women was founded.

1969 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered an immediate end to all school segregation.

1973 - O.J. Simpson, of the Buffalo Bills, set two NFL records. He carried the ball 39 times and he ran 157 yards putting him over 1,000 yards at the seventh game of the season.

1974 - U.S. President Gerald Ford signed a new law forbidding discrimination in credit applications on the basis of sex or marital status

1985 - It was announced that Maj. Gen. Samuel K. Doe had won the first multiparty election in Liberia.

1989 - A public mourning, involving over 20,000 East Berliners, was observed with a minute of silence for the people who had been killed while trying to flee over the Berlin Wall.

1990 - The U.N. Security Council voted to hold Saddam Hussein's regime liable for human rights abuses and war damages during its occupation of Kuwait.

1991 - The U.S. Galileo spacecraft became the first to visit an asteroid (Gaspra).

1991 - Trade sanctions were imposed on Haiti by the U.S. to pressure the new leaders to restore the ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.

1992 - Depo Provera, a contraceptive, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

1993 - A group of U.S. athletes were attacked by skinheads in Germany.

1994 - Francisco Martin Duran fired more than two-dozen shots at the White House while standing on Pennsylvania Ave. Duran was later convicted of trying to kill U.S. President Clinton.

1995 - Palestinians swore revenge for the assassination of Dr. Fathi Shakaki.

1995 - Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers became the NFL's career leader in receiving yards with 14,040 yards.

1996 - An auction was held to sell the artwork that had been stolen by the Nazis during the German occupation of Austria during World War II.

1998 - South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission condemned both apartheid and violence committed by the African National Congress.

1998 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off with John Glenn on board. Glenn was 77 years old. In 1962 he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

1998 - A Turkish Airlines flight was hijacked and ordered to fly to the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. The plane had 39 people on board.

1998 - In Freehold, NJ, Melissa Drexler was sentenced to 15 years in prison for strangling her baby after giving birth in the bathroom at her senior prom.

1998 - In London, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman accepted a substantial settlement from the Express Newspapers for an article that was run on October 5, 1997. The article claimed that both were homosexual and their marriage was a sham to cover the truth.

1998 - James Orr was sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to do 100 hours of community service for slamming Farrah Fawcett's head to the ground and choking her during a fight.

1998 - A dance hall in Goteborg, Sweden, was gutted with fire killing 60 people. 173 were also injured in the fire.

1998 - The oldest known copy of Archimedes' work sold for $2 million at a New York auction.

2001 - KTLA broadcasted the first coast-to-coast HDTV network telecast.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Daniel Emmett 1815

Fanny Brice 1891

Douglas Montgomery 1891

Akim Tamiroff 1899

William Juzda 1920

Bill Mauldin 1921

Neal Hefti 1922

Zoot (John Haley) Sims 1925

Jon Vickers 1926

Sonny Osbourne 1937

Lee Clayton 1942

Denny Laine 1944

Melba Moore 1945

Peter Green 1946

Richard Dreyfuss 1947

Kate Jackson 1948

Ed Dyck 1950

Denis Potvin 1953

Steve Kellough 1957

Randy Jackson 1961

Peter Timmins 1965

Paris 1967

Joely Fisher 1967

SA 1970

Toby Smith 1970

Winona Ryder 1971

Tracee Ellis Ross 1972

Trevor Lissauer 1973

Brendan Fehr 1977

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

October 28 - This Day In History

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October 28

1636 - Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts. The original name was Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the first school of higher education in America.

1776 - The Battle of White Plains took place during the American Revolutionary War.

1793 - Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin.

1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland. The statue weighs 225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World."

1904 - The St. Louis Police Department became the first to use fingerprinting.

1919 - The U.S. Congress enacted the Volstead Act, also known as the National Prohibition Act. Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the passing of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

1922 - Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian government and introduced fascism to Italy.

1936 - The Statue of Liberty was rededicated by U.S. President Roosevelt on its 50th anniversary.

1940 - During World War II, Italy invaded Greece.

1949 - U.S. President Harry Truman swore in Eugenie Moore Anderson as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark. Anderson was the first woman to hold the post of ambassador.

1958 - Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was elected Pope. He took the name John XXIII.

1962 - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the U.S. that he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.

1965 - Pope Paul VI issued a decree absolving Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

1965 - The Gateway Arch along the waterfront in St. Louis, MO, was completed.

1976 - John D. Erlichman, a former aide to U.S. President Richard Nixon, entered a federal prison camp in Safford, AZ, to begin serving his sentence for Watergate-related convictions.

1982 - Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev condemned the U.S. for arms buildup.

1983 - The U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution "deeply deploring" the ongoing U.S.-led invasion of Grenada.

1984 - The New York City Marathon was marred by its first fatality when a French runner collapsed and died.

1985 - John A. Walker Jr. and his son, Michael Lance Walker, pled guilty to charges of spying for the Soviet Union.

1986 - The centennial of the Statue of Liberty was celebrated in New York.

1988 - Roussel Uclaf, a French manufacturer that produces the abortion pill RU486, announced it would resume distribution of the drug after the government of France demanded it do so.

1990 - Iraq announced that it was halting gasoline rationing.

1993 - Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, called for a complete blockade of Haiti to force out the military leaders.

1994 - U.S. President Clinton visited Kuwait and implied that all the troops there would be home by Christmas.

1996 - The Dow Jones Industial Average gained a record 337.17 points (or 5%). The day before the Dow had dropped 554.26 points (or 7%).

1998 - An Air China jet was hijacked and flown to Taiwan by pilot Yuan Bin. He was upset with his pay and working conditions. The plane arrived safely and Yuan Bin was taken into custody.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Desiderius Erasmus 1467

Georges Escoffier 1846

Elsa Lanchester 1902

Edith Head 1907

Jonas Salk 1914

Bowie Kuhn 1926

Cleo Laine 1927

Dody Goodman 1929

Joan Plowright 1929

Bruce Morton 1930

Suzy Parker 1933

Jim Beatty 1934

Charlie Daniels 1936

Marcian E. (Ted) Hoff 1937

Jane Alexander 1939

Curtis Lee 1941

Hank Marvin 1941

Dennis Franz 1944

Wayne Fontana 1945

Telma Hopkins 1948

Rick Reynolds 1948

Bruce Jenner 1949

Annie Potts 1952

Bill H. Gates 1955

Stephen Morris 1957

Ron Hemby 1958

William Reid 1958

Neville Henry 1959

Daphne Zuniga 1962

Lauren Holly 1963

Paul Wylie 1964

Jami Gertz 1965

Andy Richter 1966

Julia Roberts 1967

Caitlin Cary 1968

Ben Harper 1969

Jeremy Davies 1969

Brad Paisley 1972

Terrell Davis 1972

Joaquin Phoenix 1974

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 27 - This Day In History

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1659 - William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson became the first Quakers to be executed in America.

1787 - The first of the Federalist Papers were published in the New York Independent. The series of 85 essays, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, were published under the pen name "Publius."

1795 - The United States and Spain signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo. The treaty is also known as "Pinckney's Treaty."

1858 - Roland Macy opened Macy's Department Store in New York City. It was Macy's eighth business adventure, the other seven failed.

1878 - The Manhattan Savings Bank in New York City was robbed of over $3,000,000. The robbery was credited to George "Western" Leslie even though there was not enough evidence to convict him, only two of his associates were convicted.

1880 - Theodore Roosevelt married Alice Lee.

1904 - The New York subway system officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in America.

1925 - Fred Waller received a patent for water skis.

1927 - The first newsreel featuring sound was released in New York.

1931 - Chuhei Numbu of Japan set a long jump record at 26' 2 1/4".

1938 - Du Pont announced "nylon" as the new name for its new synthetic yarn.

1947 - "You Bet Your Life," the radio show starring Grouch Marx, premiered on ABC. It was later shown on NBC television.

1954 - Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were divorced. They had been married on January 14, 1954.

1954 - The first Walt Disney television show "Disneyland" premiered on ABC.

1962 - The Soviet Union adds to the Cuban Missile Crisis by calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile basis in Turkey. U.S. President Kennedy agreed to the new aspect of the agreement.

1978 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord.

1994 - The U.S. Justice Department announced that the U.S. prison population had exceeded one million for the first time in American history.

1997 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 554.26 points. The stock market was shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on U.S. President Reagan.

1998 - The reunion episode "CHiPs '99" aired for the first time on the cable network TNT.

1998 - A car bomb exploded in the car of a Palestinian leader Mahmoud Majzoub. Majzoub, his wife, and his nine-month-old son, and a passerby were injured in the blast.

1998 - Disney's "Lion King II: Simba's Pride" was released on video.

1998 - Two boats hit head-on in India. One of the boats suffered no damage. The other sank and 60 people were missing.

1999 - Armenia's Prime Minister and seven other government officials were killed during a parliamentary session. It was the believed that the gunmen were staging a coup.

2002 - The Anaheim Angels won their first World Series. They beat the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the series.

2002 - Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) became the all-time leading rusher in the NFL when he extended his career yardage to 16,743. He achieved the record in his 193rd game. He also scored his 150th career touchdown.

2002 - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was elected president of Brazil in a runoff. He was the country's first elected leftist leader.

2003 - Bank of America Corp. announced it had agreed to buy FleetBoston Financial Corp. The deal created the second largest banking company in the U.S.

Whose Birthday Is It?

James Cook 1728

Nicola Paganini 1782

Theodore Roosevelt 1858

Emily Post 1872

Leif Erickson 1911

Dylan Thomas 1914

Teresa Wright 1918

Nanette Fabray 1920

Ralph Kiner 1922

Roy Lichtenstein 1923

Ruby Dee 1924

Floyd Cramer 1933

John Cleese 1939

Lara Parker 1942

Lee (Melvin) Greenwood 1942

Carrie Snodgress 1946

Terry Anderson 1947

Jack Daniels 1949

Garry Tallent 1949

Fran Lebowitz 1950

Jayne Kennedy-Overton 1951

Roberto Benigni 1952

Peter Firth 1953

Robert Picardo 1953

Simon LeBon 1958

Scott Weiland 1967

Sean Holland 1968

Sheeri Rappaport 1977

Kelly Osbourne 1984

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October 26 - This Day In History

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1774 - The First Continental Congress of the U.S. adjourned in Philadelphia.

1825 - The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York. The 363-mile canal connected Lake Erie and the Hudson River at a cost of $7,602,000.

1854 - Charles William Post was born. He was the inventor of "Grape Nuts," "Postum" and "Post Toasties."

1858 - H.E. Smith patented the rotary-motion washing machine.

1881 - The "Gunfight at the OK Corral" took place in Tombstone, AZ. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday and the Ike Clanton Gang.

1905 - Norway gained independence from Sweden.

1914 - Jackie Coogan was born. He became the first child to appear in a full-length movie, "The Kid."

1942 - The U.S. ship Hornet was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz during World War II.

1944 - During World War II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf ended. The battle was won by American forces and brought the end of the Pacific phase of World War II into sight.

1949 - U.S. President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour.

1951 - Winston Churchill became the prime minister of Great Britain.

1955 - New York City's "The Village Voice" was first published.

1957 - The Soviet Union announced that defense minister Marchal Georgi Zhukov had been relieved of his duties.

1958 - Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York City to Paris.

1962 - The Soviet Union made an offer to end the Cuban Missile Crisis by taking their missile bases out of Cuba if the U.S. agreed to not invade Cuba and would remove Jupiter missiles in Turkey.

1967 - The Shah of Iran crowned himself and his Queen after 26 years on the Peacock Throne.

1970 - "Doonesbury," the comic strip by Gary Trudeau, premiered in 28 newspapers across the U.S.

1972 - U.S. National security adviser Henry Kissinger declared, "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam.

1975 - Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to officially visit to the United States.

1977 - The experimental space shuttle Enterprise successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

1979 - South Korean President Park Chung-hee was shot to death by Kim Jae-kyu, the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency.

1980 - Israeli President Yitzhak Navon became the first Israeli head of state to visit Egypt.

1984 - "Baby Fae" was given the heart of baboon after being born with a severe heart defect. She lived for 21 days with the animal heart.

1985 - Approximately 110,000 people marched past the U.S. and Soviet embassies in London to pressure the two countries to end their arms race.

1988 - Roussel Uclaf, a French pharmaceutical company, announced it was halting the worldwide distribution of RU-486. The pill is used to induce abortions. The French government made the company reverse itself two days later.

1988 - Two whales were freed by Soviet and American icebreakers. The whales had been trapped for nearly 3 weeks in an Arctic ice pack.

1990 - The U.S. State Department issued a warning that terrorists could be planning an attack on a passenger ship or aircraft.

1990 - William S. Paley died at the age of 89. He was the founder of CBS Inc.

1990 - Wayne Gretzky became the first NHL player to reach 2,000 points.

1991 - Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry arrived at a federal correctional institution in Petersburg, VA, to begin serving a six-month sentence for cocaine possession.

1992 - General Motors Corp. Chairman Robert Stempel resigned after the company recorded its highest losses in history.

1992 - In Canada, voters rejected the Charlottetown accord, which was designed to unify the country.

1993 - Deborah Gore Dean was convicted of 12 felony counts of defrauding the U.S. government and lying to the U.S. Congress. Dean was a central figure in the Reagan-era HUD scandal.

1994 - Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty.

1995 - Alec Baldwin got into a fight with a paparazzi in front of his home when he and his wife Kim Bassinger were bringing their first baby home from the hospital.

1995 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored his 500th National Hockey League (NHL) career goal against the New York Islanders in his 605th game. He became the second-fastest player to attain the plateau. Wayne Gretzky had reached 600 goals by his 575th NHL game.

1996 - Federal prosecutors cleared Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic park bombing.

1998 - A French lab found a nerve agent on an Iraqi missile warhead.

2001 - It was announced that Fort Worth's Lockheed Martin won a defense contract for $200 billion over 40 years. The contract, for the "joint strike fighter," was the largest defense contract in history.

2002 - Russian authorities pumped a gas into a theater where separatist rebels held over 800 hostages. The gas killed 116 hostages and all 50 hostage-takers were killed by the gas or gunshot wounds.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Domenico Scarlatti 1685

Joseph Aloysius Hansom 1803

C.W. (Charles William) Post 1854

Abby (Greene Aldrich) Rockefeller 1874

H.B. (Henry Byron) Warner 1876

Napoleon Hill 1883

John S. (Shively) Knight 1894

Jack Sharkey 1902

Primo Carnera 1906

Mahalia Jackson 1911

Charlie Barnett 1913

Jackie Coogan (John Leslie Coogan, Jr.) 1914

Francois Mitterand 1916

Neal Matthews 1929

John Arden 1930

Rodney "Hot Rod" Hundley 1934

Bob Hoskins 1942

Michael Piano 1944

Ivan Reitman 1946

Keith Hopwood 1946

Pat Sajak 1947

Hillary Rodham Clinton 1947

Jaclyn Smith 1947

Toby (Colbert Dale) Harrah 1948

Steve (Stephen Douglas) Rogers 1949

Mike (Dudley Michael) Hargrove 1949

Chuck Foreman 1950

Bootsy Collins 1951

Steve (Steven Robert) Ontiveros 1951

Maggie Roche 1951

Keith Strickland 1953

Lauren Tewes 1954

D.W. Moffett 1954

Rita Wilson 1958

Cary Elwes 1962

Dylan McDermott 1962

Marla Maples 1963

Natalie Merchant 1963

Eros Ramazzotti 1964

Thomas Cavanagh 1968

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Trivia

Facts About Halloween

Here are a few things you may not know about Halloween...

The origins of Halloween date back to the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced sow-in).

The Celts lived the area known as Ireland, the United Kingdom and France about 2,000 years ago.

The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1. This was the end of summer and the beginning of winter.

The Celts believed that during the season transition that the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.

On October 31, the Celts celebrated Samhain. This was when it was believed that ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

Druids, or Celtic priests, would build bonfires where crops and animal sacrifices would be burned. Druids would make predictions about the future on this day.

Costumes were worn, usually animal heads and skins.

By 43 A.D. the Romans had conquered most of Celtic territories. Two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the Celtic festival Samhain.

Feralia was a day in late October when Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead was incorporated into the celebration of Samhain.

The celebration of Pomona (the Roman goddess of fruit and trees) was also incorporated into the celebration of Samhain. The symbol of Pomona is the apple.

In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 as All Saint's Day. It is believed that this move was an attempt to replace the Celtic festival with a state sanctioned holiday that was related. This celebration was called All-hallows or All-hallowmas. The night before All Saint's Day (All-hallows) became known as All-hallows Eve…and eventually Halloween.

In A.D. 1000, the church made November 2 All Souls' Day. The day was to honor the dead. The celebration of All Souls' Day was similar to Samhain with bonfires, costumes and parades.

The three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints' and All Souls' were called Hallowmas.

The first official citywide Halloween celebration was in Anoka, MN in 1921.

In 1584, French explorer Jacques Cartier reported that he had found "gros melons". The word translated to "pompions" in English. The term eventually evolved into "pumpkin".

Americans eventually reinvented Hallowmas by removing the religious overtones and made it into a harvest festival.

Colonial Halloween celebrations included ghost stories and mischief making.

In the mid-1800s, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house-to-house asking for food or money….later known as trick-or-treat.

In the late 1800s, American began to steer Halloween away from "scary" things and moved toward parties. This led to most of the superstitious and religious aspects of Halloween to fall away.

By the early 1900s Halloween parties focused primarily on festive costumes, games and foods.

By the 1950s, Halloween had evolved to a holiday that catered mainly to children. The practice of trick-or-treating was revived during this time.

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October 25 - This Day In History

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October 25

2137 B.C. - Chinese Royal astronomers, Ho and Hsi, were executed after not predicting a solar eclipse caused panic in the streets of China.

1400 - Geoffrey Chaucer died at the age of 57. He was the first poet to be buried in Westminster Abbey.

1415 - In Northern France, England won the Battle of Agincourt over France during the Hundred Years' War. Almost 6000 Frenchmen were killed while fewer than 400 were lost by the English.

1760 - George III took the British throne after the death of King George II, his grandfather.

1812 - During the War of 1812, the U.S. frigate United States captured the British vessel Macedonian.

1854 - The Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received an order to attack the Russians. He took his troops into a valley and suffered 40 percent caualties. Later it was revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally.

1870 - The first U.S. trademark was given. The recipient was the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City.

1881 - The founder of "Cubism," Pablo Picasso, was born in Malaga, Spain.

1888 - Richard Byrd, the first person to see the North Pole, was born.

1917 - The Bolsheviks (Communists) under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin seized power in Russia.

1918 - The Canadian steamship Princess Sophia hit the reef off the coast of Alaska. Nearly 400 people died.

1920 - King Alexander of Greece died from blood poisoning that resulted from a bite from his pet monkey.

1929 - Alber B. Fall, of U.S. President Harding's cabinet, was found guilty of taking a bribe. He was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000.

1931 - The George Washington Bridge opened to traffic.

1939 - "The Time of Your Life," by William Saroyan, opened in New York.

1951 - In Panmunjom, peace talks concerning the Korean War resumed after 63 days.

1954 - A U.S. cabinet meeting was televised for the first time.

1955 - The microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company.

1958 - U.S. Marines withdrew from Beirut, Lebanon. They had been sent in on July 25, 1958, to protect the nation's pro-Western government.

1960 - The Accutron watch by the Bulova Watch Company was introduced.

1962 - U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presented photographic evidence to the United Nations Security Council. The photos were of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.

1962 - American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

1971 - The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and admit mainland China.

1983 - U.S. troops and soldiers from six Caribbean nations invaded Grenada to restore order and provide protection to U.S. citizens after a recent coup within Grenada's Communist (pro-Cuban) government.

1990 - It was announced by U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney that the Pentagon was planning to send 100,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia.

1994 - Susan Smith of Union, SC, claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two sons. Smith was later convicted of drowning her children in a nearby lake.

1999 - Golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet crashed in South Dakota. The plane flew uncontrolled for four hours before the crash.

2000 - AT&T Corp. announced that it would restructure into a family of four separately traded companies (consumer, business, broadband and wireless).

2001 - It was announced that scientists had unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Gadoufaoua, Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Georges Bizet 1838

Pablo Picasso 1881

Richard Byrd 1888

Leo G. Carroll 1892

Whit Bissell 1909

Minnie Pearl 1912

Lee MacPhail 1917

Chubby Jackson 1918

Buddy Thomson 1923

Earl Palmer 1924

Billy Barty 1924

Jimmy Heath 1926

Barbara Cook 1927

Marion Ross 1928

Jeanne Cooper 1928

Tony Franciosca 1928

Earl Ingarfield 1934

Jeanne Black 1937

Bobby Knight 1940

Ann Tyler 1941

Helen Reddy 1942

Jon Anderson 1944

Taffy Danoff 1944

Glen Tipton 1948

Brian Kerwin 1949

Matthais Jabs 1955

Nancy Cartwright 1957

Mark Miller 1958

Nick Thorp 1958

Christina Amphlett 1960

Chad Smith 1962

Tracy Nelson 1963

Michael Boatman 1964

Speech 1968

Chely Wright 1970

Adam Goldberg 1970

Ed Robertson 1970

Midori 1971

Pedro Martinez 1971

Lamont Bentley 1973

Ben Gould 1980

Young Rome 1981

Jerome Jones 1981

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

This Week at Melodee's Place

This Week at Melodee's Home Page

There are a ton of new things at my Home Page this week, so let's get right to it...

With the holidays coming up on us fast, we will be turning off the Author Spotlight for the rest of the year. When we return in 2011, look for a lot of new features to spread the word about your favorite authors!

New horoscopes by Ms. Mir will be up on Tuesday, and you do not want to miss those!

Thirdly, we are starting a new program to promote local artists of various kinds. By "local", I mean folks here in the San Diego area of Southern California. By "artists", I mean just about anything...painters, jewelers, sculptors, you name it. If you are or know of an artist in the area, please contact me at for more information.

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October 24 - This Day In History

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1537 - Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died after giving birth to Prince Edward. Prince Edward became King Edward VI.

1632 - Scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft, Holland. He created the first microscope lenses that were powerful enough to observe single-celled animals.

1648 - The Holy Roman Empire was effectively destroyed by the Peace of Westphalia that brought an end to the Thirty Years War.

1788 - Poet Sarah Joseph Hale was born. She wrote the poem "Mary Had A Little Lamb."

1795 - The country of Poland was divided up between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

1830 - Belva Lockwood was born. She was the first woman formally nominated for the U.S. Presidency.

1836 - Alonzo D. Phillips received a patent for the phosphorous friction safety match.

1861 - The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Lincoln.

1901 - Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.

1929 - In the U.S., investors dumped more than 13 million shares on the stock market. The day is known as "Black Thursday."

1931 - The George Washington Bridge opened for traffic between New York and New Jersey.

1939 - Nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, DE.

1940 - In the U.S., the 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

1945 - The United Nations (UN) was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II. The Charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and by a majority of other signatories.

1945 - Pierre Laval of France and Vidkum Abraham Quisling of Norway were executed. The two men were recognized as the two most prominent collaborators of the Nazis.

1948 - The term "cold war" was used for the first time. It was in a speech by Bernard Baruch before the Senate War Investigating Committee.

1949 - The cornerstone for the U.N. Headquarters was laid in New York City.

1960 - All remaining American-owned property in Cuba was nationalized. The process of nationalizing all U.S. and foreign-owned property in Cuban had begun on August 6, 1960.

1962 - During the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. military forces went on the highest alert in the postwar era in preparation for a possible full-scale war with the Soviet Union. The U.S. blockade of Cuba officially began on this day.

1969 - Richard Burton bought his wife Elizabeth Taylor a 69-carat Cartier diamond ring for $1.5 million. Burton presented the ring to Taylor several days later.

1986 - Britain broke off relations with Syria after a Jordanian was convicted in an attempted bombing. The evidence in the trial led to the belief that Syria was involved in the attack on the Israeli jetliner.

1989 - Reverend Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $500,000 for his conviction on 24 counts of fraud. In 1991, his sentence was reduced to eighteen years and he was released on parole after a total five years in prison.

1992 - The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series.

1997 - In Arlington, VA, former NBC sportscaster Marv Albert was spared a jail sentence after a courtroom apology to the woman he'd bitten during a sexual encounter.

1999 - An Israeli court sentenced American teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein to 24 years in prison. The crime was killing an acquaintance in Maryland in 1997.

2001 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that gave police the power to secretly search homes, tap all of a person's telephone conversation and track people's use of the Internet.

2001 - The U.S. stamp "United We Stand" was dedicated.

2001 - NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars.

2002 - Microsoft Corp. and Walt Disney Co. announced the release of an upgraded MSN Internet service with Disney content.

Disney movies, music and books

2003 - In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Sarah J. Hale 1788

Belva Lockwood 1830

James Sherman 1855

Molina Trujillo 1891

Preston Foster 1900

Moss Hart 1904

Sonny Terry 1911

Bob Kane 1915

Y.A. Tittle 1926

J.P. Richardson 1930

Bill Wyman 1936

Santo Farina 1937

F. Murray Abraham 1939

J.P. Richardson 1930

David Nelson 1936

Jerry Edmonton 1946

Kevin Kline 1947

Kweisi Mfume 1948

B.D. Wong 1962

Ben Gillies 1979

Monica 1980

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

October 23 - This Day In History

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42 B.C. - Marcus Junius Brutus committed suicide after his defeat at the Battle of Philippi. He was a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar.

1864 - During the U.S. Civil War, Union forces led by Gen. Samuel R. Curtis defeated the Confederate forces in Missouri that were under Gen. Stirling Price.

1869 - John (William) Heisman was born. He is recognized as one of the greatest innovators of the game of football.

1910 - Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a public solo airplane flight in the United States.

1915 - The first U.S. championship horseshoe tourney was held in Kellerton, IA.

1915 - Approximately 25,000 women demanded the right to vote with a march in New York City, NY.

1929 - In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged starting the stock-market crash that began the Great Depression.

1930 - J.K. Scott won the first miniature golf tournament. The event was held in Chattanooga, TN.

1942 - During World War II, the British began a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein, Egypt.

1944 - During World War II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf began.

1946 - The United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time.

1956 - Hungarian citizens began an uprising against Soviet occupation. On November 4, 1956 Soviet forces enter Hungary and eventually suppress the uprising.

1956 - NBC broadcasted the first videotape recording. The tape of Jonathan Winters was seen coast to coast in the U.S.

1958 - Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He was forced to refuse the honor due to negative Soviet reaction. Pasternak won the award for writing "Dr. Zhivago".

1962 - During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. naval "quarantine" of Cuba was approved by the Council of the Organization of American States (OAS).

1962 - The U.S. Navy reconnaissance squadron VFP-62 began overflights of Cuba under the code name "Blue Moon."

1971 - The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and seat Communist China.

1973 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon agreed to turn over the subpoenaed tapes concerning the Watergate affair.

1978 - China and Japan formally ended four decades of hostility when they exchanged treaty ratifications.

1980 - The resignation of Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin was announced.

1983 - At Beirut International Airport, a suicide bomber destroyed a U.S. Marine compound and killed 241 U.S. Marines and sailors. 58 French paratroopers were killed in a near-simultaneous attack.

1984 - "NBC Nightly News" aired footage of the severe drought in Ethiopia.

1985 - U.S. President Reagan arrived in New York to address the U.N. General Assembly.

1989 - In Boston, MA, Charles Stuart claimed he and his pregnant wife, Carol, had been shot in their car by a black robber. Carol Stuart and her prematurely delivered baby died. Charles Stuart later died, an apparent suicide, after he was implicated in the murder of his wife and child.

1989 - Hungary became an independent republic, after 33 years of Soviet rule.

1992 - Japanese Emperor Akihito became the first Japanese emperor to stand on Chinese soil.

1992 - A former French health official was sentenced to four years in prison for allowing 1,200 hemophiliacs to receive AIDS-tainted blood.

1993 - Joe Carter (Toronto Blue Jays) became only the second player to end the World Series with a homerun.

1995 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin and U.S. President Bill Clinton agree to a joint peacekeeping effort in the war-torn Bosnia.

1996 - The civil trial of O.J. Simpson opened in Santa Monica, CA. Simpson was later found liable in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

1998 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a breakthrough in a land-for-peace West Bank accord.

1998 - Japan nationalized its first bank since World War II.

1998 - Dr. Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed legal abortions, was killed at his home in suburban Buffalo, NY, by sniper fire through his kitchen window. James Kopp was charged with second-degree murder.

2000 - Universal Studios Consumer Products Group (USCPG) and Amblin Entertainment announced an unprecedented and exclusive three-year worldwide merchandising program with Toys "R" Us, Inc. The deal was for the rights to exclusive "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" merchandise starting in fall 2001. The film was scheduled for re-release in the spring of 2002.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Nicolas Appert 1752

Gertrude Ederle 1906

'Bruiser' (Frank) Kinard 1914

James Daly 1918

Ewel Blackwell 1922

Ned Rorem 1923

Johnny Carson 1925

Sonny Criss 1927

Boozoo Chavis 1930

Diana Dors 1931

Jim Bunning 1931

Juan "Chi-Chi" Rodriguez 1935

Charlie Foxx 1939

Pelé 1940

Eleanor (Ellie) Greenwich 1940

Michael Crichton 1942

Barbara Ann Hawkins 1943

Greg Ridley 1947

Michael Rupert 1951

Pauline Black 1953

Dwight Yoakam 1956

Sam Raimi 1959

"Weird Al" Yankovic 1959

Doug Flutie 1962

Mike Tomczak 1962

Roberto Agustin Trujillo 1964

Al Leiter 1965

David Thomas 1966

Brian Nevin 1966

Junior Bryant 1968

Jimmy Wayne 1972

Keith Van Horn 1975

Ryan Reynolds 1976

Masiela Lusha 1985

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Dragons, Knights, and HOT Erotica Romance, Knoghts of Desire Has It All!

If you like erotica, romance, action, and science fiction, then read on...

Knights of Desire

Knights of Desire is the book for you! Here's what the critics have to say...

5 CUPS: "Whew! Ms. Aaron has done it again; her books just keep getting better and better. This is another great book with a solid story line. I could not put it down until I had finished the last line and I read it in one sitting. The author has a real gift for creating characters and you never feel as though you are reading the same characters just with a different story line. What else can I say? The men are positively drool worthy, the heroine is my favorite kind of take-no-prisoners but with a soft side kind of gal, the sex is enough to singe eyebrows, and there is plenty of action. What more could a reader ask for?" -- Regina, Coffee Time Romance

5 ANGELS: "The HMSS Daedalus and its crew are back this time with the focus on a different set of characters and their adventures. I will be honest and admit that I wasn't sure that I was going to enjoy this installment as much as Burning Love, but I was so wrong. I think that I actually enjoyed it more. No one writes multiple partner relationships as well as Ms. Aaron, and I'm a tough sell on these types of partnerships. Shane as the female lead was a totally rocking character; tough yet feminine she embodied all that a woman should want to be, well, if you lived on a spaceship and dealt with various aliens all day long you would want to be her! The two Knights, Landis and Clemmons, are just scrumptious. I wanted to eat them up! When the three get together, it became almost too hot to handle. I love the Immortal Love universe that the Flights of Fancy books are built upon and am never disappointed when I visit." -- Hayley, Fallen Angel Reviews

4 STARS: "A futuristic romance. The setting is the future in a galaxy far, far away. Sir Clemmons and Sir Landis both serve King Sayid. The two brave Knights are lovers. During battle, they form a bond with Shane (female) and both find they love her. When she is taken prisoner of war, they risk their lives to save her. Knights of Desire has a little of something for everyone. From dragons, male/male, male/female, Knights and battles, Melodee Aaron's imaginative tale has it all." -- Review Your Book

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October 22 - This Day In History

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1746 - The College of New Jersey was officially chartered. It later became known as Princeton University.

1797 - Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump. He made the jump from about 3,000 feet.

1836 - Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.

1844 - This day is recognized as "The Great Disappointment" among those who practiced Millerism. The world was expected to come to an end according to the followers of William Miller.

1879 - Thomas Edison conducted his first successful experiment with a high-resistance carbon filament.

1883 - The New York Horse show opened. The first national horse show was formed by the newly organized National Horse Show Association of America.

1907 - The Panic of 1907 began when depositors began withdrawing money from many New York banks.

1934 - Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, the notorious bank robber, was shot and killed by Federal agents in East Liverpool, OH.

1939 - The first televised pro football game was telecast from New York. Brooklyn defeated Philadelphia 23-14.

1950 - The Los Angeles Rams set an NFL record by defeating the Baltimore Colts 70-27. It was a record score for a regular season game.

1954 - The Federal Republic of Germany was invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

1959 - "Take Me Along" opened on Broadway.

1962 - U.S. President Kennedy went on radio and television to inform the United States about his order to send U.S. forces to blockade Cuba. The blockade was in response to the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.

1968 - Apollo 7 splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft had orbited the Earth 163 times.

1975 - Air Force Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich was discharged after publicly declaring his homosexuality. His tombstone reads, "A gay Vietnam Veteran. When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one."

1979 - The ousted Shah of Iran, Mohammad Riza Pahlavi was allowed into the U.S. for medical treatment.

1981 - The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.

1983 - At the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, an armed man crashed a truck through front gates and demanded to speak with U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

1986 - U.S. President Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 into law.

1991 - The European Community and the European Free Trade Association agreed to create a free trade zone of 19 nations by the year 1993.

1995 - The 50th anniversary of the United Nations was marked by a record number of world leaders gathering.

1995 - British writer Sir Kingsley Amis died at the age of 73.

1998 - The United Nations announced that over 2 million children had been killed in war as innocent victims since 1987.

1998 - Pakistan's carpet weaving industry announced that they would begin to phase out child labor.

1999 - China ended its first-ever human rights conference in which it defied Western definitions of civil liberties.

1999 - The U.N. Security Council voted to send 6,000 troops to Sierra Leone to oversee a peace plan that had been signed in July.

2008 - The iTunes Music Store reached 200 million applications downloaded.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Franz Liszt 1811

Sarah Bernhardt 1844

Giovanni Martinelli 1885

Curly Howard 1903

George Beadle 1903

Constance Bennett 1905

Jimmie Foxx 1907

Boots Mallory 1913

Harry Walker 1916

Joan Fontaine 1917

Doris Lessing 1919

Mitzi Green 1920

Timothy Leary 1920

Slater Martin 1925

Robert Rauschenberg 1925

Dory Previn 1930

Derek Jacobi 1938

Christopher Lloyd 1938

Tony Roberts 1939

Ray Jones 1939

Stanley Mazor 1941

Annette Funicello 1942

Catherine Deneuve 1943

Bobby Fuller 1943

Leslie West 1945

Eddie Brigati 1945

Butch Goring 1949

Stiv Bators 1949

Jeff Goldblum 1952

Patti Davis 1953

Jamie Quirk 1954

Todd Graff 1959

Cris Kirkwood 1960

John Wesley Harding 1965

Valeria Golino 1966

Shaggy 1968

Shelby Lynne 1968

Tracey Lee 1970

Ichiro Suzuki 1973

Michael Fishman 1980

Zachary Hanson 1985

Jonathan Lipnicki 1990

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

On Being Deaf

Depending on the methodology used, it's estimated that someplace between 0.13% and 2.0% of the American population are "functionally deaf". Of those numbers, about half lost their hearing after age 65. These numbers are problematic, though, because no studies clearly define "deaf" and the numbers are very small. The CDC estimates, and WHO statistics support, that less than 0.03% of children are born deaf.

This means that the vast majority of deafness is related to injury, disease, or age.

It is well known that exposure to loud sounds can damage hearing. Infections can damage the mechanics of hearing. Aging causes a "normal" decrease in hearing as well.

No matter how you slice it, despite the lack of hard and fast data, the fact is that people who are completely deaf-as opposed to "hard of hearing"-from a young age are very, very rare.

That makes me a member of small and exclusive club-I'm totally deaf and I have been since birth.

Ever wonder what that's like?

I've never heard a bird sing. I've never heard my children laugh or cry. I've never heard Jack tell me that he loves me. I've never heard Mozart or the Beatles. I've never heard the sound of the wind in the trees or the surf on the rocks. I can't hear my cats when they purr or meow. I have no clue what my dog's bark sounds like. If, by some miracle, I could suddenly hear, I wouldn't recognize these things. They are all foreign to me, outside of my experience.

I can feel vibrations, sometimes through objects like tables or the floor, and sometimes through the air. Using that technique, I can "hear" music. I feel the beat and the rhythm, and I can even make out notes if I can touch the speaker. When Jack tells me that he loves me, I can put my fingers on his lips and feel his breath. I can make out the motion and the flow of air, and that lets me understand what he says. But that's no substitute for really hearing those things.

Imagine not being able to hear your baby crying. If you can't see your child, you don't know they need you. You can't tell when they are in trouble or when they just want a hug. Imagine never hearing your baby say "Mama" for the first time. Consider never hearing your son and the love of his life exchanging their wedding vows.

Think about everyday life for a moment. Have you ever come close to being hit by a car, only to jump out of the way at the last minute because you heard the driver honk the horn? How many times has a friend called out to you at the mall and you've sat down together for coffee and had a wonderful, chance meeting?

Perhaps it's because of America's fascination with litigation, but we tend to put a value of the loss of certain functions. For example, if a worker loses a finger in an industrial accident, that's worth a certain amount of money in either a settlement or disability payment. A thumb is "worth" more than a finger. Senses are a problem because it's hard for the lawyers and accountants to put monetary value on them. In general, sight is worth more than hearing, hearing more than smell, smell more than taste, and taste is worth more than touch.

So the question is if I, as a deaf person, am entitled to some kind of government support.

In my opinion, for myself, no.

Over the past thirty-something years, I have learned to deal with my so-called disability. I can support myself. I was lucky enough to have parents who struggled to get the money to get me into classes and therapy to learn how to cope. I don't need-or want-any help from government.

As for others, who can say? It is an individual issue that must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Some people will need more help than others. The trick is to figure that out and do the right things.

I'm proof that with the right support and encouragement a person with a disability can be successful and productive.

By the way, my "official" diagnosis is that I am "Profoundly Deaf". In other words, I have less than 0.05% of normal hearing.

Pretty profound.


There are some advantages to being deaf, though.

It's makes it very easy for me to ignore distractions. When I write, for example, I don't care if the TV is blaring away in the other room. It doesn't bother me at all.

It's also easy for me to ignore irritating people. You know the ones...they find some subject-usually the most boring topic in the universe-and go on and on about it. I just stop looking at their lips.

And let's jump back to not being able to hear your lover...

In my experience, any person who actually cares about me has learned sign language, at least enough to communicate with me. As you walk together, holding hands, you can make signs in the other person's palm. OK, the information being exchanged is probably not always appropriate for public display, but no one else knows what you're saying to each other. Yes, it's fun!

And there is nothing like lying together and feeling his breath against your neck as he whispers that he loves you. The feel of his fingers on your body as he spells out words of love on your skin is far more sensual than actual words.

I guess what I'm trying to say here is that there are times when words only get in the way.

I know you're all wondering, so...

One of my favorite things is when I'm working. I'll be sitting at the computer in my office, trying to get some scene in a book just perfect and having little luck at it when Jack sneaks into the room. OK, he doesn't have to "sneak" since I can't hear him come in and my back is to the door. Anyway, he'll come up behind me and touch my neck and shoulders, signing to me. He'll spell out how much he loves me and how much he wants me. He tells me how beautiful I am and how he can't keep his hands off of me.

All right...I'd better stop now or I'll never finish this!

So, am I "disabled"? That depends on your definition. Most people would say that I am, but I disagree with them. I see myself as having opportunities to do things that people with normal hearing can't do. After all, aren't challenges simply ways that we can learn to deal with new opportunities?

Maybe I've had more opportunities than some people, but I've had less than others. No matter. I wouldn't change a thing. I am who I am, and my deafness has been a huge part of that evolution.

Did I mention the funny things that happen because I'm deaf? There are a lot of them...

I have what most people would call a "speech impediment", a thing not at all uncommon to people with serious hearing loss. That's because I don't know what the word "elephant" sounds like, so I do my best based on the rules of language and sometimes it comes out sounding strange to other people. If you've ever seen and heard Marlee Matlin on TV or in a movie, you know what I'm talking about. Other than that, most people don't even know I can't least as long as I can see their lips.

It usually happens at either restaurants with the servers or in shops with the sales people, but they will figure out that I'm deaf. They react the same way as most other people and will start using what I like to call "Deaf Idiot Speech". You've heard it, I know. They talk very loud, almost yelling, speak very slowly, and stop using certain parts of speech. Instead of asking if I'd like fries with my burger, it comes out more like, "YOU WANT FRIES?"

I usually just ignore it and go on, laughing inside.

Sometimes I get mad about it. I'm deaf, not stupid. One thing that really irritates Jack is when I get sarcastic with these people. I'll stop talking and start signing at them. Things like, "You're a dumb-ass." Or worse.

Other times, I mess with them. "UHG! ME WANT FRIES!"

Luckily, most of the places I shop and many of the restaurants we go to know me. This doesn't happen at those places. Even the local Wal-Mart is good about it. I mean, you'd expect the sales people at Tiffany's to adapt since I'm going to drop some serious coin on bling, but Wal-Mart sales floor staff? But they deal with it very well when they see me in the store.

The one thing that I guess will always amaze me is the number of people who think that they can somehow catch deafness from me. It's not infectious and you can't suddenly go deaf by being around me. But some people seem to think they can. You can see it in their eyes...they are uncomfortable and want to get as far away from me as they can as fast as they can. You'd think that today people would know better.

There really is nothing I can't do because of my deafness. True, there are some things, like driving, that I shouldn't do, but there's nothing I can't do.

Yeah, driving...I like to drive. I also like to ride my motorcycle. I don't see it as dangerous, but the state of California disagrees with that, and their position is the only one that counts. I made a promise last year that I wouldn't drive or ride anymore, at least not on the public roads, and I've stuck to that promise. It hasn't been easy, though.

I like to skydive, too. It wasn't easy to learn since I can't hear the instructor's commands, but I learned. I do sometimes wonder what the rushing air sounds like as you're in freefall. I've made some pretty crazy jumps over the years, too, things that you should never try unless you've got a lot of jumps under your belt. Like jumping from a WWII bomber. Bombers aren't made for jumping out of, and the turbulence and protrusions on the plane make it dangerous. On the other hand, I can't hear people telling me how dumb it all is.

The roughest thing about being deaf is using the telephone. In short, I can't. Sure, there are the TDD systems and similar devices, but it isn't the same. At least I think it's not the same. How would I know? I've never used a real telephone. The Internet has made communications easier with text chat, e-mail, and the like. With those systems, I can talk to anyone. Maybe that's why I'm such an Internet junkie.

You're probably wondering what it's like being deaf. Not just the brief things I've listed above, but what is it really like. It's not bad, but it's not good, either. I have no regrets nor do I mope about it.

It's just me.

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October 21 - This Day In History

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1797 - "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston's harbor.

1805 - The Battle of Trafalgar occurred off the coast of Spain. The British defeated the French and Spanish fleet.

1849 - The first tattooed man, James F. O'Connell, was put on exhibition at the Franklin Theatre in New York City, NY.

1858 - The Can-Can was performed for the first time in Paris.

1879 - Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out.

1917 - The first U.S. soldiers entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France.

1918 - Margaret Owen set a typing speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter.

1925 - The photoelectric cell was first demonstrated at the Electric Show in New York City, NY.

1925 - The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations.

1927 - Construction began on the George Washington Bridge.

1944 - During World War II, the German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops.

1945 - Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.

1950 - Chinese forces invaded Tibet.

1959 - The Guggenheim Museum was opened to the public in New York. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

1966 - In south Wales, 140 people were killed by a coal waste landslide engulfed a school and several houses.

1967 - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War.

1980 - The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series.

1983 - The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there.

1986 - Pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon claimed that they had abducted American writer Edward Tracy. He was not released until August of 1991.

1986 - The U.S. ordered 55 Soviet diplomats to leave. The action was in reaction to the Soviet Union expelling five American diplomats.

1988 - Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, were indicted in New York on fraud and racketeering charges. Marcos died before his trial and Imelda was acquitted in 1990.

1991 - Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.

1993 - The play "The Twilight of the Golds" opened.

1994 - North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.

1994 - Rosario Ames, the wife of CIA agent Aldrich Ames, was sentenced to five years in prison for her role in her husband's espionage.

1998 - 68 people were arrested in Indonesia for the killing spree that left nine suspected murderers dead.

1998 - The New York Yankees set a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and postseason combined.

1998 - Cancer specialist Dr. Jane Henney became the FDA's first female commissioner.

2003 - The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions.

2003 - North Korea rejected U.S. President George W. Bush's offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772

Alfred Nobel 1833

Sir Georg Solti 1912

Dizzy Gillespie 1917

Bob Rosburg 1926

Whitey Ford 1928

Ursula LeGuin 1929

Georgia Brown 1933

Manfred Mann 1940

Francis Fitzgerald 1940

Steve Cropper 1941

Elvin Bishop 1942

Brian Picolo 1943

Ron Elliot (Beau Brummels) 1943

Everett McGill 1945

Lee Loughnane 1946

Bill Russell 1948

Benjamin Netanyahu 1949

Charlotte Caffey 1953

Eric Faulkner 1955

Carrie Fisher 1956

Julian Cope 1957

Steve Lukather 1957

Che Colovita Lemon 1970

Jade Jagger 1971

Jeremy Miller 1976

Will Estes 1977

Kim Kardashian 1980

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 20 - This Day In History

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1740 - Maria Theresa became the ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia with the death of her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI.

1774 - The new Continental Congress, the governing body of America's colonies, passed an order proclaiming that all citizens of the colonies "discountenance and discourage all horse racing and all kinds of gaming, cock fighting, exhibitions of shows, plays and other expensive diversions and entertainment."

1803 - The U.S. Senate approved the Louisiana Purchase.

1818 - The U.S. and Great Britain established the boundary between the U.S. and Canada to be the 49th parallel.

1827 - The Battle of Navarino took place during the Greek War for Independence.

1873 - A Hippodrome was opened in New York City by showman Phineus T. (P.T.) Barnum.

1892 - The city of Chicago dedicated the World's Columbian Exposition.

1903 - A joint commission ruled in favor of the U.S. concerning a dispute over the boundary between Canada and the District of Alaska.

1910 - A baseball with a cork center was used in a World Series game for the first time.

1930 - "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" debuted on NBC radio.

1935 - Mao Zedong arrived in Hanoi after his Long March that took just over a year. He then set up the Chinese Communist Headquarters.

1942 - Pierre Laval told the French labor that they must serve in Germany.

1944 - Allied forces invaded the Philippines.

1944 - During World War II, the Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated.

1947 - Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence within the motion picture industry.

1952 - The Mau Mau uprising against white settlers began in Kenya.

1955 - "No Time for Sergeants" opened on Broadway.

1957 - Walter Cronkite began hosting "The 20th Century." The show aired until January 4, 1970.

1967 - Seven men were convicted in Meridian, MS, on charges of violating the civil rights of three civil rights workers. Of the men convicted one was a Ku Klux Klan leader and another was a sheriff's deputy.

1968 - Jackie Lee Bouvier Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis.

1976 - More than 70 people were killed when the Norwegian tanker Frosta collided with the ferryboat George Prince on the Mississippi River.

1979 - The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston was dedicated.

1984 - The U.S. State Department reduced the number of Americans assigned to the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.

1986 - American mercenary Eugene Hasenfus was formally charged by the Nicaraguan government on several charges including terrorism.

1993 - Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs.

1995 - Britain, France and the U.S. announced a treaty that banned atomic blasts in the South Pacific.

2003 - A 40-year-old man went over Niagara Falls without safety devices and survived. He was charged with illegally performing a stunt.

2009 - European astronomers discover 32 exoplanets.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Sir Christopher Wren 1632

Arthur Rimbaud 1854

James Mann 1856

John Dewey 1859

Charles Ives 1874

Bela Lugosi (Blasko) 1882

Ellery Queen (Frederic Dannay) 1905

Arlene Francis 1908

Will Rogers, Jr. 1912

Granpa Jones (Louis Marshall) 1913

Fayard Nicholas 1914

Herschel Bernardi 1922

Art Buchwald 1925

Mickey Mantle 1931

William Christopher 1932

Roosevelt Brown 1932

Michael Dunn 1934

Jerry Orbach 1935

Bobby Seale 1936

Wanda Jackson 1937

Juan "Manito" Marichal 1937

Jay Siegal 1939

Earl Hindman 1942

Ric Lee 1945

Isaac Curtis 1950

Al Greenwood 1951

Melanie Mayron 1952

Dave Collins 1952

Tom Petty 1953

Keith Hernandez 1953

Eric Scott 1958

Viggo Mortensen 1958

Mark King 1958

David Ryan 1964

James G. Sonefeld 1964

Fred Coury 1966

Snoop Doggy Dogg (Calvin Broadus) 1971

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Quality Is Job One

On my most recent trip, I've done a lot of reading. For whatever reason, I couldn't focus on writing on the plane, so I decided to read a bit.

Well, OK, more than a "bit"...I think I read about twenty-five books. Well, I read at least part of those books. Only a few did I get through the whole thing, and that's what I want to talk about.

E-publishing and print-on-demand (POD) has opened up a huge market for books. This also means that there are more authors and more publishers. And that's where the problem starts to show up.

Standards have fallen.

A fair number of the books I read were just plain bad. The plot-if you can call it that-was all over the place. Characters were shallow, not much more than cardboard cutouts. There was no tension or drama. In other words, they were just bad stories.

Many, if not most, lacked any kind of editing. Spelling and grammar errors were rampant. The punctuation was horrendous. In one book of about 240 pages, the author used the word "that" over 5,000 times. The mechanical errors were bad enough to make the books unreadable. The sad part was that most of these books actually had a decent story and interesting characters, but the lack of polishing by the author and the absence of editing made them terrible.

The obvious thing to do here is to blame the publisher. The publisher is responsible for fixing these problems. A good and thorough editing process will catch the vast majority of the errors and get them fixed.

But that's not totally fair...

The author also has a huge burden in this process. By the time an editor gets a book, there should be no spelling errors. Ideally, absolutely no spelling errors should remain. In reality, there will always be a few, but the number should be very small. Also, the vast majority of the other mechanical problems should be fixed; things like punctuation and overused words. The word we used to use to talk about this was "Polished". No one polishes anymore, I guess.

For years, publishers would typically release one or two new books a month. The rest of the submissions were declined. The common excuse given was that it was too expensive to publish more. Anyone with a brain in their head will see the problem with that statement...if you make 20% profit on every book you sell, it doesn't matter how many you publish. You come out ahead.

The high rejection rate was because the publishers declined the books that weren't polished. Those of us who were serious about selling a book made sure that our books were polished. I know of one major publisher who rejected any book that had more than three mechanical errors in the first twenty pages.

Most of the books I've read in the last month and a half have more than three errors in the first two paragraphs.

Today, here and now, we are rushing books to release. The same thing happened to the American auto industry in the 1970s and 1980s...they were pushing cars to production and sales floor. And the same thing happened to GM and Ford and Chrysler: The quality went through the floor and sales dropped like a falcon. American Motors didn't survive.

Just like the carmakers, we have to get the quality back where it belongs.

It's not my job to tell the publishers how to do their job.

I just hope they figure it out before we all starve to death.

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October 19 - This Day In History

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1765 - In the U.S., The Stamp Act Congress met and drew up a declaration of rights and liberties.

1781 - British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to U.S. General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia. It was to be the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.

1812 - Napoleon Bonaparte's French forces began their retreat out of Russia after a month of chasing the retreating Russian army.

1885 - Charles Merrill, founder of Merrill-Lynch, was born.

1914 - In the U.S., government owned vehicles were first used to pick up mail in Washington, DC.

1915 - The U.S. recognized General Venustiano Carranza as the president of Mexico. The U.S. imposed embargo to all parts of Mexico except where Carranza was in control.

1933 - Basketball was introduced to the 1936 Olympic Games by the Berlin Organization Committee.

1937 - "Woman's Day" was published for the first time.

1937 - "Big Town" made its debut on CBS.

1943 - The Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers began in Russia during World War II. Delegates from the U.S.S.R., Great Britain, the U.S., and China met to discuss war aims and cooperation between the nations.

1944 - The play "I Remember Mama" opened on Broadway. Marlon Brando made his debut with his appearance.

1944 - The U.S. Navy announced that black women would be allowed into Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).

1950 - The United Nations forces entered the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

1951 - U.S. President Truman singed an act officially ending the state of war with Germany.

1959 - Patty Duke, at the age of 12, made her Broadway debut in "The Miracle Worker." The play lasted for 700 performances.

1960 - The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products.

1969 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters "an effete corps of impudent snobs."

1974 - The news program "Weekend" debuted on NBC.

1977 - The Concorde made its first landing in New York City.

1983 - The U.S. Senate approved a bill establishing a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

1984 - Four U.S. employees of the CIA were killed in El Salvador when their plane crashed.

1987 - The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 508 points. It was the worst one-day percentage decline, 22.6%, in history.

1989 - The Guilford Four were cleared of all charges and released after 14 years in prison. The charges were from the 1975 IRA bombings of public houses in Guildford and Woolrich, England.

1989 - The U.S. Senate rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that barred the desecration of the American flag.

1993 - Benazir Bhutto was returned to the premiership of Pakistan.

1998 - In Washington, DC, Microsoft went on trial to defend against an antitrust case.

1998 - Fires in Nigeria swept through villages killing 500 people.

1998 - Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson got his boxing license back after he had lost it for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight.

2001 - Two U.S. Army Rangers were killed in a helicopter crash in Pakistan. The deaths were the first American deaths of the military campaign in Afghanistan.

2001 - It was reported that a New Jersey postal worker and a New York Post employee had tested positive for skin anthrax.

2002 - In York, PA, former mayor Charlie Robertson was acquitted and two other men were convicted in the shotgun murder of a young black woman during race riots in 1969.

2003 - In London, magician David Blaine emerged from a clear plastic box that had been suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He survived only on water for 44 days. Blaine had entered the box on September 5.

2006 - The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day at 12,011.73. It was the first close above 12,000.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Thomas Browne 1605

Annie Peck 1850

Charles Merrill 1885

Robert Beatty 1909

George Cates 1911

Lawanda Page 1920

Bern Bennett 1921

George Nader 1921

Jack Anderson 1922

John le Carre 1931

Robert Reed 1932

Peter Max 1937

Michael Gambon 1940

Simon Ward 1941

Peter Tosh 1944

Divine 1945

John Lithgow 1945

Patricia Ireland 1945

Jeannie C. Riley 1945

Patrick Simmons 1945

Lynn Dickey 1949

Charlie Chase 1952

Nino DeFranco 1956

Karl Wallinger 1957

Jennifer Holliday 1960

Evander Holyfield 1962

Todd Park Mohr 1965

Jon Favreau 1966

Trey Parker 1969

Chris Kattan 1970

Pras Michel 1972

Omar Gooding 1976

Cyndi Thompson 1976

Benjamin Salisbury 1980

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