ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1801, the state of Kentucky outlawed dueling.
On this date in 1871, Stanley found Livington in Africa.
The U.S. Marine Corps Day was established way back in 1775, to augment naval forces in the Revolutionary War. The recruiting headquarters was set up by Captain Samuel Nicholas in the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which is considered to be the birthplace of the Marines. After success in many campaigns, the Corps was abolished at the close of the Revolutionary War for reasons of economy. On July 11, 1798, Congress ordered the creation of the Corps, named it the United States Marine Corps and directed that it be available for service under the Secretary of the Navy. Here are some famous U.S. Marines:
- Colonel John Glenn: U.S. Senator (D-OH) for four terms starting in 1974; He became the oldest person to travel into space in 1998.
- Ed McMahon: Flew more than 80 missions as a Marine fighter pilot in World War II and Korea before sitting on Carson's couch.
- Bea Arthur: Before "Golden Girls," Arthur did a hitch with the Marines during World War II.
- Corporal Gene Hackman: served six years from 1946-1952 in China, Japan and Hawaii; 2-time Oscar-winning actor for his roles in "The French Connection" and "Unforgiven."
- Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North: became well-known during the Iran-Contra hearings, but has since made a name for himself as a host on Fox News.
- F. Lee Bailey: Marine pilot; well-known lawyer.
- Pete Wilson: former governor of California.
- David N. Dinkins: first African-American Mayor of New York City (1990-1993).
- Dan Rather: 60 Minutes (1975-1981); CBS Evening News (1981-2005).
- Bernard Shaw: CNN Evening News.
- Keith Jackson: "Voice of the NCAA," college football announcer.
- Ken Norton: former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, 3-time All-Marine Boxing Champion.
- Harvey Keitel: served in Lebanon; Reservoir Dogs, and Pulp Fiction.
- Steve McQueen: enlisted and served as a mechanic/tank driver for three years. Television and film actor, "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "Papillon."
- Drew Carey: served in the USMCR from 1981-1986; actor and comedian, "The Drew Carey Show" and "Who's Line is it Anyway?"
In 1969, the TV show "Sesame Street" debuted on public televion. Jim Henson had a hand in the puppets... literally.
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald happened on November 10, 1975. Yep, 33 years ago, a ship went down and Gordon Lightfoot's career went up. Cool web site if you ever need any background. http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/wxwise/fitz.html
Actress Brittany Murphy turns 32, MacKenzie Phillips ("One Day At a Time") celebrates her 50th birthday,
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Steven Tyler has quit Aerosmith, according to the band's guitarist Joe Perry. In August, Tyler broke his shoulder after falling off stage while performing in South Dakota, and the group was forced to scrap the remainder of its summer tour.
- Mya was the top scorer Monday on "Dancing With the Stars." She finished a point away from perfect, earning 59 points.
- The Honolulu Symphony has canceled it's concerts for the rest of the year and filing for bankruptcy, due to a drop in donations.
- A reality show miniseries about the Jackson family will premiere December 13 on A&E.
- Eddie Cibrian says he's going to sue Life & Style magazine for claiming that he is cheating on lover LeAnn Rimes.
- Monday was the 5th birthday of Mozilla's Firefox browser.
- Jennifer Lopez is suing her ex-husband Ojani Noa after hearing that's running around Hollywood, shopping around a proposed feature film called "How I Married Jennifer Lopez."
- Former football star Lawrence Taylor was been released on bond following his arrest in a Miami-area traffic accident last weekend. According to Miami-Dade County jail records, Taylor was charged Sunday with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, a second-degree misdemeanor.
- Michael Jackson's dad, Joe, has requested a "stipend" from the estate of his most famous son.
- Usher's divorce has been finalized. He's single again, girls!
- Rue McClanahan from "The Golden Girls" had a heart bypass surgery and is said to be doing fine. She's 75.
- Kenny Chesney is going to release a 3-D concert movie next spring.
- Quite an uproar down under where Australian music critics are jumping all over the fact that Britney Spears is apparently doing some lip-synching in her current concert tour.
A MensHealth.com poll the month asked, "The drink she'd like you to buy her?"
- 42% said quality wine
- 14% said local draft
- 13% said strawberry daiquiri
- 11% said imported beer
- 10% said chocolate martini
- 9% said gin and tonic
Tell your best female friend a secret and you can be absolutely, positively sure it will remain completely safe for about two days. The authors of a a new study say they were "really interested to find out how many secrets people are told. What we didn't count on was how quickly these are passed on by those we confide in." The researchers found ladies will spill the beans on the most confidential of information to at least one other person in 47 hours and 15 minutes. The person a gal is most likely to talk to is her boyfriend, husband, best friend or mother. The new study of more than 3,000 women ages 18 to 65 also reveals giving a girl booze will get her gossiping like there's no tomorrow. More than half the volunteers admitted that just a glass or two of wine will prompt them to dish the dirt. (National Examiner)
Glamour magazine has announced its annual Women of the Year tribute. The women's magazine says its honorees have made unprecedented contributions to the worlds of entertainment, business, sports, fashion, science and politics.
- Dr. Maya Angelou, a memoirist, poet, educator and civil rights activist.
- Dr. Jane Aronson, the pediatrician is credited with bringing the plight of orphans to the world's attention.
- Laura Ling & Euna Lee, journalists who made headlines earlier this year when they were arrested and imprisoned in North Korea.
- Marissa Mayer, sShe helped make Google the number-one search engine.
- Stella McCartney, one of the world's most influential designers
- One Million Signatures Campaign, started in 2006 by a group of Iranian women, the campaign calls for an end to gender inequality in Iran.
- Amy Poehler, comedian.
- Susan Rice, the first female African American U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
- Rihanna, pop recording star.
- Maria Shriver, California's First Lady.
- Serena Williams, a tennis powerhouse.
If you have an apostrophe in your name -- like many of Irish descent do -- you may find it impossible to board an airplane in the coming months. Why? Because airline computers can't print an apostrophe on the boarding pass, the name on your boarding pass will not exactly match the name on your driver's license or passport. And beginning next year, the two must match or you don't fly. That means Bill O'Reilly could find himself cooling his heels with Rosie O'Donnell, unable to pass through airport security.