Leap Day

February 28, 2013 at 2:14 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

This is a bonus BLOG for February 29th because when the next leap year comes around, in 2016, I probably won’t be doing these “Today is” posts any longer.

The holidays for February 29th are:
Leap Day.  Leap Day occurs every fours years, well, almost. It happens every four years except years ending with “00” that are not divisible by 400. The year in which this occurs, is called a Leap Year.  The year in which this occurs, is called a Leap Year.  Why the fancy calculation? The earth rotates around the sun once every 365 and about 1/4 days. So, by adding an extra day every four years, we get mighty close to keeping the calendar consistent with the earth’s annual trip around the sun. And to be very precise, the earth orbits the sun every 365.242190 days. So, on years ending in “00”, (except those not divisible by 400) we skip Leap Year and Leap Day. With all that fancy calculating out of the way, let’s just celebrate the day. That is why 2000 was a leap year, but, , if you recall, 1900 was not.
Did you know that there are occasional “Leap Seconds”. I will spare you the detail on those.
Just how many people celebrate a Birthday on Leap Day? Only about one in 1461 people. So, if you were born on this day, consider yourself very, very special.
Bachelor’s Day: Bachelor Day is not a day for celebration if you are an unattached male. Quite the contrary. It is more along the lines of Sadie Hawkins Day. According to an old English tradition dating back to 13th Century Scotland, on every Feb, 29th, it is acceptable for girls to propose marriage. If you don’t accept the proposal, you have to buy that girl a gift on the first day of every month for the remainder of the year.
Galileo Day: Leap Day is a day to ponder the wonders of the Universe, just as Galileo did centuries ago. Who knows what you might discover about the Universe, or just about ‘life’ in general.
Quantum Leap Day: Quantum Leap Day is a day to contemplate past wrong-doings and try to correct them.
International Underlings Day: Since 1984, this is an annual celebration for everyone who is neither a boss nor professional assistant – hey they have their days already. It is celebrated on February 29 in keeping with the esteemed position of an Underling. International Underlings Day™ was created in 1984 by Peter D. Morris and officially recognized by Chase’s Annual Calendar of Events in 1996. It can be unofficially recognized on either February 28 or March 1 on non-leap years and is always recognized on February 29 during a leap year. It is a celebration of the contributions to the work world and society by all those who are not otherwise recognized with their own day. Supervisors are encouraged to give their Underlings some time off between February 28 and March 1 each year during non-leap years. And since has time off, it only makes sense to reward them with a lunch or other gathering on either February 28 or March 1. But on years that have February 29 we want all Underlings to really be celebrated. So plan a spectacular gathering of all Underlings you work with or know and party like it is February 29.

There are also two food-related holidays on February 29th. The first is Frog Legs Day.  Get it? Leap Day, Frogs leap, chortle, chortle. Anyway, Frog Legs are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, and are purported to “taste just like Chicken”. I however, will never (knowingly) be able to make that determination. I have to wonder if in fact the converse isn’t true. With all of the hormonal dietary supplements and preservatives in chicken these days, is it perhaps more true to say that chicken is just beginning to taste more and more like Frog Legs?
The second is Surf and Turf Day. Why would anyone make Surf &Turf Day fall on February 29th? Perhaps it’s put on Leap Day because of its ostentatiousness—it is, after all, a dish that combines the two most expensive dishes on the menu, lobster tail and filet mignon. Of course, people have been combining meat and seafood in meals for centuries. Fine dining establishments served both lobster and steak on the same plate in the last quarter of the 19th century. The term Surf and Turf (or Surf ‘n’ Turf, to be even more vulgar), is an American invention. According to my sources, the term “surf & turf” belongs to the 20th century, more specifically, the 1960’s-1970’s. It appears to be connected with theme restaurants targeting young, budget-conscious clientele. Despite the present day meaning, don’t be constrained to just lobster and steak. Pick your favorite seafood and meats: crab cake, crab legs, scallops or shrimp with lamb chops or pork chops, for example, and combine them. Heck,  a hot dog in a bun paired with a tuna salad sandwich is technically “Surf and Turf”. How about crab cakes and ribs? Or fish and chips with a tasty sausage? You could fill the Leap Days for the rest of our life with different options, and never run out. 

Significant historical events which happened on this date are:
In 1288, Scotland established this day as one when a woman could propose marriage to a man. In the event that he refused the proposal he was required to pay a fine.
In 1860, the first electric tabulating machine was invented by Herman Hollerith.
In 1904, in Washington, DC, a seven-man commission was created to hasten the construction of the Panama Canal.
In 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to win an Oscar. She won Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind.”
In 1944, the invasion of the Admiralty Islands began with “Operation Brewer.” U.S. General Douglas MacArthur led his forces onto Los Negros.
Also in 1944, Dorothy McElroy Vredenburgh of Alabama became the first woman to be appointed secretary of a national political party. She was appointed to the Democratic National Committee.
And again in 1944, the Office of Defense Transportation, for the second year in a row, restricted attendance at the Kentucky Derby to residents of the Louisville area. This was an effort to prevent a railroad traffic burden during wartime.
In 1952, in New York City, four signs were installed at 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square that told pedestrians when to walk.
In 1964, Dawn Fraser got her 36th world record. The Australian swimmer was timed at 58.9 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle in Sydney, Australia.
In 1972, Jack Anderson revealed a memo written by ITT’s Washington lobbyist, Dita Beard, that connected ITT’s funding of part of the Republican National Convention.
And, in 1988, “Day by Day” premiered on NBC-TV.

Some distinguished people born on Leap Day are:
Ann Lee, 1736 – Founder of Shaker movement in United States.
Gioacchino Rossini, 1792 – Opera composer.
John Philip Holland, 1840 – Inventor.
Herman Hollerith, 1860 – Engineer.
Theodore Hardeen, 1876 – Escape artist and Houdini’s brother.
Jimmy Dorsey, 1904 – Bandleader.
Pepper Martin, 1904 – Baseball player.
Dinah Shore, 1916 – Entertainer.
Tempest Storm, 1928 – Burlesque star.
Alex Rocco, 1936 – Actor.
Jack Lousma, 1936 – Astronaut.
Gretchen Christopher, 1940 – Singer.
Dennis Farina, 1944 – Actor.
Patricia McKillip, 1948 – Science-fiction writer.
Tim Powers,1952 – Science-fiction writer.
And finally, Antonio Sabato, Jr. 1972 – Actor.

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Life Day 23972: Having Designs on Flora

February 28, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning flower children. Today is Thursday, February, 28, 2013. The first holiday today is Floral Design Day.  Take a stroll past your local flower shop and admire the floral arrangements in their window. Or you can buy, or pick, some flowers and design your own floral arrangement at home. Either way, take some time out today to “stop and smell (and arrange) the flowers”.
The next holiday is Public Sleeping Day.  I recommend that you don’t celebrate this one. If you are still employed, your boss will likely look upon you with disfavor if he catches you sleeping at your desk. If you’re retired or unemployed, sleeping in a public place, such as a park bench, will likely result in your being robbed, or else arrested for vagrancy.
The third holiday today is National Tooth Fairy Day. For hundreds of years people have shared mystical legends, stories, and traditions about the loss of baby teeth. The early Europeans buried children’s teeth so witches and evil spirits couldn’t use them for voodoo. The Vikings believed that children’s teeth had magical powers that could help them fight in battle. They would pay their children for their lost baby teeth and string them onto necklaces and other jewelry. Over time, people began to share stories about a Tooth Mouse who scampers around town and steals children’s teeth in the middle of the night. The story of the mouse evolved into the story of the Tooth Fairy who leaves treasures under children’s pillows in exchange for their lost teeth. Tooth Fairy traditions are still popular today. Kids all over the world place their lost baby teeth under their pillows at night and look forward to a wonderful surprise in the morning.
The last holiday today is Rare Disease Day. What is a rare disease? A disease or disorder is defined as rare in the USA when it affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time. However, in Europe, a disease or disorder is defined as rare when it affects fewer than 1 in 2000. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. The campaign targets primarily the general public but it is also designed for patients and patient representatives, as well as politicians, public authorities, policy-makers, industry representatives, researchers, health professionals and anyone who has a genuine interest in rare diseases.

The food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Souffle Day. The French word Souffle comes from the verb souffler, meaning to “to blow” or “puff up.” Two very simple ingredients make a souffle : a cream/ puree base, and egg whites beaten to a soft peak meringue. The base gives the Souffle its flavor, while the egg whites give the puffy treat its bloated appearance. The best souffles are cooked using a porcelain ramekin and tend to fall 5-10 minutes after coming out of the oven, so you should serve them as soon as you remove them from the oven. The first Chocolate Souffle recipe can be traced to the 1742 French recipe book, “Le Cuisinier.” Popular variations include, fruit, jam, and even potato.

On this day on 1993, Federal agents raided the compound of an armed religious cult in Waco, TX. The ATF had planned to arrest the leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh, on federal firearms charges. Four agents and six Davidians were killed and a 51-day standoff followed.
Other historic events which happened on this date are:
In 1827, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad became the first railroad incorporated for commercial transportation of people and freight.
In 1849, regular steamboat service to California via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco for the first time. The SS California had left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.
In 1854, the Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the new political group.
In 1861, the territory of Colorado was organized.
In 1883, the first vaudeville theater opened.
In 1885, AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph) was incorporated. The company was capitalized on only $100,000 and provided long distance service for American Bell.
In 1911, Thomas A. Edison, Inc. was organized.
In 1940, the first televised basketball game was shown. The game featured Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh from Madison Square Gardens in New York.
In 1951, a Senate committee issued a report that stated that there were at least two major crime syndicates in the U.S. What they didn’t mention in the report is that they were one of them. (OK, maybe not true then, but certainly true today).
In 1979, Mr. Ed, the talking horse from the TV show “Mr. Ed”, died.
In 1983, “M*A*S*H” became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired.
In 1994, NATO made its first military strike when U.S. F-16 fighters shot down four Bosnian Serb warplanes in violation of a no-fly zone over central Bosnia.
In 1995, the Denver International Airport opened after a 16-month delay.
And, in 2001, the Northwest region of the U.S., including the state of Washington, was hit by an earthquake that measured 6.9 on the Richter Scale. There were no deaths reported.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Charles Blondin, 1824 – Acrobat.
Ben Hecht, 1894 –  Screenwriter.
Linus Pauling, 1901 – Dual Nobel Prize winner.
Vincente Minnelli, 1903 – Director.
Billie Bird, 1908 – Actress.
Zero Mostel, 1915 – Actor.
Charles Durning, 1923 – Actor.
Chris Kraft, 1924 – NASA.
Stanley Baker, 1927 – Actor.
Gavin MacLeod, 1931 – Actor.
Tommy Tune, 1939 – Dancer.
Joe South, 1940 – Singer/songwriter.
Bernadette Peters, 1948 – Actress/singer.
John Turturro, 1957 – Actor.
And finally, Rae Dawn Chong, 1961 – Actress.

 


 

Life Day 23971: It’s a No Brainer

February 27, 2013 at 12:37 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning intellectuals. Today is Wednesday, February 27, 2013. You won’t be needing your intellect today because the first “holiday” today is No Brainer Day. If a project requires thinking, study, or analysis of any kind, put it off until tomorrow. Today is the day to do all of those simple, easy, obvious, and/or logical tasks that you have been putting off because they’re “no brainers”. Don’t even think about doing anything else.
The next “holiday” is Polar Bear Day. Don’t confuse this with Polar Bear Club Plunge Day (where perfectly ‘sane’ people jump into frigid water), which is usually held at various locations around the world on New Years Day. Today is all about actual Polar Bears. Polar Bears are the world’s largest carnivores. They can reach up to nine feet tall when standing erect and weigh up to 1400 pounds. Polar Bears are native to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. Their primary source of food is Seals. The smartest way to celebrate Polar Bear Day is with a visit to a nearby zoo that has a Polar Bear Exhibit. Other ways to celebrate include researching polar bears online, or at the library. Watching a documentary on polar bears on TV is another way. I strongly recommend that you do not attempt to visit them in their native habitat (especially in a seal skin coat). The reasons for this are threefold. First, they are huge. Second, they are carnivorous. And third, it’s flippin’ cold where they live.
The last “holiday” today is Inconvenience Yourself Day. Inconvenience Yourself day is celebrated on the fourth Wednesday in February. It is a day to focus on ways to show respect for others, the environment, and the world, while considering how your actions affect others. Ways to celebrate today are; smile, be courteous, be humble, help others, volunteer, recycle, encourage others, or just make someone smile.

There are two food-related “holidays” today. The first is National Strawberry Day. Strawberries are a unique berry because it’s seeds grow on the outside of the fruit instead of the inside as most berries do. Food historians generally believe that strawberries were first cultivated in ancient Rome. They were first cultivated in the US during the mid 1830’s in Massachusetts. Today strawberries grow in every US state and Canadian province. They are a good source of potassium, fiber and vitamin C. The fruit is fat free and cholesterol free. One cup of strawberries is only 49 calories, however most of those calories come from sugars. When picking or buying strawberries choose only those that are plump, firm and completely red. Unless you are planning to freeze your strawberries or make jam be sure to not to buy more strawberries than you’ll be able to use up in two days as they mold quickly and only last a couple days in the refrigerator.
The second food-related “holiday” is National Kahlua Day. Kahlua is a rich, creamy alcoholic liqueur from Mexico. People enjoy it straight up, on the rocks, and mixed in coffee or cocktails (like the White Russian). Kahlua is also used to flavor desserts such as ice cream, cakes, and cheesecakes. The word “kahlua” means “house of the Acolhua people” in the Nahuatl language. A company named Domecq has produced the drink since 1936 and named it for the native people of Veracruz. Kahlua is made with rum, Mexican coffee, sugar, and vanilla.

On this date in 1896, the “Charlotte Observer” published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm. It was the first X-ray photograph to ever appear in a newspaper.
Other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:
In 1801, the city of Washington, DC, was placed under congressional jurisdiction.
In 1827, New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.
In 1867, Dr. William G. Bonwill invented the dental mallet.
In 1883, Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine.
In 1922, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.
In 1939, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.
In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting U.S. Presidents to two terms.
In 1973, the American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied Wounded Knee in South Dakota.
In 1974, “People” magazine was first issued by Time-Life (later known as Time-Warner).
In 1981, Chrysler Corporation was granted an additional $400 million in federal loan guarantees. Chrysler had posted a loss of $1.7 billion in 1980.
In 1982, Wayne B. Williams was convicted of murdering two of the 28 black children and young adults whose bodies were found in Atlanta, GA, over a two-year period.
In 1990, the Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping were indicted on five criminal counts in reference to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
In 1991, President George H.W. Bush announced live on television that “Kuwait is liberated.”
In 1997, Ireland finally legalized divorce.
In 1998, Britain’s House of Lords agreed to give a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son. This was the end to 1,000 years of male preference.
And finally, in 2002, twenty people working at Logan International Airport in Boston, MA were charged with lying to get their jobs or security badges.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – Poet.
Enrico Caruso, 1873 – Opera singer.
Hugo Black, 1886 – U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
John Steinbeck, 1902 – Writer.
Franchot Tone, 1905 – Actor.
Joan Bennett, 1910 – Actress.
Joanne Woodward, 1930 – Actress.
Elizabeth Taylor, 1932 – Actress.
Ralph Nader, 1934 – Consumer advocate.
Howard Hesseman, 1940 – Actor.
Mary Frann, 1943 – Actress.
Debra Monk, 1949 – Actress.
Adam Baldwin, 1962 – Actor.
Chelsea Clinton, 1980 – Former First Daughter.
And finally, Josh Groban, 1981 – Singer.

Life Day 23970: For Pete’s Sake

February 26, 2013 at 12:16 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Oh, for Pete’s sake, good morning already. Today is Tuesday, February 26, 2013. The first “holiday” today is For Pete’s Sake Day. You may be wondering where the term “for Pete’s sake” originated. Many Christians believe that using this phrase instead of cursing will garner favor with Saint Peter, thus giving them a better chance to enter Heaven. However, they are wrong. All of my research indicates that it is nothing more than a corruption of the term “for pity sake”.

The next “holiday” is Levi Strauss Day.  Today marks the 140th anniversary of the day, in 1873, that Levi Strauss received his patent for the “copper rivet” design of one of the most durable and popular articles of clothing ever manufactured. They always in style, no matter what the occasion (except formal functions). Ya gotta love Levis.

The third “holiday” today is Carnival Day.  Each year, millions of Americans flock to carnivals and put down big bucks to be entertained by death defying treats, clowns, elephants, lions, animal acts, and so much more. Carnivals are not limited to those big traveling spectaculars. There is a wide range of summer and winter carnivals. School carnivals are popular. Towns, and even businesses, hold carnivals of all types. Personally, I enjoyed carnivals as a kid, but these days, not so much.

Yet another “holiday” today is Tell A Fairy Tale Day. To qualify as a fairy tale, a story does not have to begin with “Once upon a time…..”, but, they often do. Nor does the story have to end with “and they all lived happily ever after”, but again, they often do. To celebrate, cozy up under a blanket with your children of grandchildren and read from a book of fairy tales. Libraries and schools will often mark this day with special fairy tale readings and story hours as well.

The last “holiday” today is Spay Day USA.  This “holiday” was created in 1994 by the Doris Day Animal League to bring attention to the problem of pet overpopulation, and encourage people to spay (or neuter) their pets. I believe wholeheartedly in spaying and neutering, and all of my pets have had the procedure. I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to do the same.

The food-related “holiday” today is National Pistachio Day. Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts. They are delicious and nutritious. Here are a few interesting facts about pistachios.
They are native to the Middle East.
In the Middle East, people call them the “smiling nut”.
In China they are called the “happy nut”.
It takes 7-10 years for a pistachio tree to mature.
California is the major producer in the U.S.
Pistachios are harvested in September by machines that shake the trees.
The red dye is added to the nuts is only due to consumer demand for the color.
Its open hull is unique. The nut is ripe when the hull splits open.
Enjoy some in one form or another as a snack today. You can bet that I will.

On this date in 1993, six people were killed and more than a thousand injured when a van exploded in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb had been built by Islamic extremists.
Other historic events which happened on this date are:
In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the Island of Elba. He then began his second conquest of France.
In 1863, President Lincoln signed the National Currency Act.
In 1870, New York City, opened the first pneumatic-powered subway line to the public.
In 1907, the U.S. Congress raised their own pay to $7500.
In 1919, in Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the U.S. Congress.
In 1929, President Coolidge signed a bill creating the Grand Teton National Park.
In 1930, New York City installed traffic lights.
In 1933, a ground-breaking ceremony was held at Crissy Field for the Golden Gate Bridge.
In 1952, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed an atomic bomb.
In 1987, the Tower Commission rebuked U.S. President Reagan for failing to control his national security staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.
In 1991, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that Iraqi troops were being withdrawn from Kuwait.
In 1998, a Texas jury rejected an $11 million lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for price drop after on-air comment about mad-cow disease.
Also in 1998, an Oregon health panel ruled that taxpayers must help to pay for doctor-assisted suicides.
And, in 2009, the Pentagon reversed its 18-year policy of not allowing media to cover returning war dead. The reversal allowed some media coverage with family approval.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Victor Hugo, 1802 – Author.
Levi Strauss, 1829 – Entrepreneur.
William Cody, 1846 – Frontiersman.
Herbert Henry Dow, 1866 – Entrepreneur.
William Frawley, 1887 – Actor.
Jackie Gleason, 1916 – Entertainer.
Tony Randall, 1920 – Actor.
Betty Hutton, 1921 – Actress.
Fats Domino, 1928 – Musician.
Johnny Cash, 1932 – Musician.
Mitch Ryder, 1945 – Singer.
Michael Bolton, 1953 – Singer.
Greg Germann, 1958 – Actor.
Jennifer Grant, 1966 – Actress.
And finally, Erykah Badu, 1971 – Singer.

Life Day 23969: Cupachowda Anyone?

February 25, 2013 at 12:49 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning chowder heads. Today is Monday, February 25, 2013. The only “holidays” I could find today are food-related. The first is National Clam Chowder Day. It might not be in Webster’s Dictionary, but if you have ever spent any length of time in New England, you know that “cupachowda” is an actual word. There are two distinct types of clam chowder; New England and Manhattan. The New England style is a roux based chowder made with milk or cream whereas the Manhattan style is tomato based. The most popular of the two is the New England style, which originated in the Northeast in the early 1800’s. Neither appeal to me since I dislike seafood in general, and seafood based soups in particular.
The other food-related “holiday” is Chocolate-Covered Nuts Day. Again, I ask you to please keep your tawdry sexual innuendos to yourself, unless they are funny. Any kind of nut will do, as long as it is covered in chocolate. Nuts are packed with protein, so they must be healthy, right? What is your favorite type of chocolate-covered nut? I have to say that my favorite is almonds.
On this date in 1836, Samuel Colt was issued a Patent (# 138) for the Colt Revolver, the first pistol with a revolving cylinder with multiple chambers for cartridges.
Other historic events that happened on this date are:
In 1570, England’s Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V.
In 1751, Edward Willet displayed the first trained monkey act in the U.S.
In 1793, the department heads of the U.S. government met with President Washington for the first Cabinet meeting on record in them United States.
In 1901, the United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized a graduated income tax.
In 1919, the state of Nebraska became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.
In 1928, the Federal Radio Commission issued the first U.S. television license to Charles Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, DC.
In 1933, the first aircraft carrier, Ranger, was launched.
In 1940, the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. The Rangers beat the Canadiens 6-2.
In 1948, Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.
In 1956, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow.
In 1972, Germany gave a $5 million ransom to Arab terrorist who had hijacked a jumbo jet.
In 1986, Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule after a tainted election.
In 1999, William King was sentenced to death for the racial murder of James Byrd Jr in Jasper, TX. Two other men charged were later convicted for their involvement.
And in 2005, Dennis Rader was arrested for the BTK (bind, torture, kill) serial killings in Wichita, KS. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 life prison terms.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following prestigious personages:

Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1841 – Impressionist artist.
Zeppo Marx. 1909 – Comedian.
Jim Backus, 1913 – Actor.
Bobby Riggs, 1918 – Tennis player.
Tommy Newsom, 1929 – Musician.
Faron Young, 1932 – Singer.
Sally Jessy Raphael, 1935 – TV talk show host.
Bob Schieffer, 1937 – Newscaster.
Diane Baker, 1938 – Actress.
Karen Grassle, 1944 – Actress.
Veronica Webb, 1965 – Actress.
Téa Leoni, 1966 – Actress.
Carrot Top, 1967 – Comedian.
And finally, Rashida Jones, 1976 – Actress.

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