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This date in history -Live Steam
Jan 19, 2004 7:19 AM
Happy Birthday to:
Dolly Parton, singer (1946)
Paul Cézanne, painter (1839)
Robert E. Lee, Confederate general (1807)
James Watt, inventor (1736)
Janis Joplin, singer (1943)

1840: United States explorer Charles Wilkes claims part of Antarctica for the United States.

1937: Howard Hughes flies from Los Angeles, California, to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours and 28 minutes, setting a new transcontinental flight speed record.

1949: Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians signs a contract worth $30,000, making him the highest paid pitcher in the big leagues to date.

1953: Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) gives birth to little Ricky. More viewers tuned in to watch that blessed event than the following day's inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1966: Indira Gandhi, daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, becomes prime minister of India.

I thought I would start a daily segment that pops up on my MSN homepage. Maybe it will spark other topics of discussion aside from the normal? political banter.

The fact that more people tuned into Little Ricky's birth than Ikes inauguration, is interesting.
Be carefulmickey-mac
Jan 19, 2004 7:26 AM
That seemingly harmless daily segment that pops up on your MSN taps into your brainwaves, reading your mind and inserting uncontrollable impulses to purchase from Microsoft and its partner companies. It is also able to render you unconscious briefly, allowing MSN spooks to invade your home and go though your papers and merchandise to obtain commercially useful and/or embarrassing personal information about you and your family. ;-)
In "Midnight's Children"...Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 19, 2004 7:27 AM
There is a bulldog named Jawaharlal. My favorite dog name ever. Anyone else favor political first names for dogs?

Spiro? Rutherford? Mohammar?

sure, how 'bout Nixon, Ghandi, Reagan,Hoover,George W...rwbadley
Jan 19, 2004 7:38 AM
But we call that one 'Twit' for short... ;-)
First names!Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 19, 2004 7:46 AM
Dick, Mohandas, Ronald and Herbert would be great. Last names are too obvious. Jawaharlal is beautiful, Nehru would be dull.