Happy birthday to Colin Powell. We know what year you were born. We still don't know where the WMDs are.
823: LOTHAIR I IS CROWNED KING OF ITALY.
1242: DURING THE BATTLE ON THE ICE OF LAKE PEIPUS, RUSSIAN FORCES REBUFF AN INVASION ATTEMPT BY THE TEUTONIC KNIGHTS.
In Blazing Saddles, it was the Teutonic Twits.
1614: IN VIRGINIA, NATIVE AMERICAN POCAHONTAS MARRIES ENGLISH COLONIST JOHN ROLFE.
Isn't he the dog who used to hang with Jimmy Dean?
1621: THE MAYFLOWER SETS SAIL FROM PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS ON A RETURN TRIP TO ENGLAND.
For all of you with round trip tickets.
1792: US PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON EXERCISES HIS AUTHORITY TO VETO A BILL, THE FIRST TIME THIS POWER IN THE UNITED STATES.
And it won't be the last time.
1804: HIGH POSSIL METEORITE - THE FIRST RECORDED METEORITE IN SCOTLAND.
Slow news day in Kilt Land.
1862: AMERICAN CIVIL WAR - THE BATTLE OF YORKTOWN.
That war got all the way to Westchester???
1900: ARCHAEOLOGISTS IN CRETE DISCOVER A LARGE CACHE OF CLAY TABLETS WITH WRITING IN A SCRIPT THEY CALL LINEAR B.
I prefer Arial as a font.
1900: ACTOR SPENCER TRACY IS BORN.
First great actor to be born on this date.
1908: ACTOR BETTE DAVIS IS BORN.
Second great actor to be born on this date.
1915: BOXER JESS WILLARD KNOCKS OUT JACK JOHNSON IN CUBA TO BECOME THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.
The great white hope? Meh.
1916: ACTOR GREGORY PECK IS BORN.
Third great actor to be born on this date.
1920: AUTHOR ARTHUR HAILEY IS BORN.
1922: ACTOR CHRISTOPHER HEWETT IS BORN.
A friend of mine used to drive him home from church.
1922: THE AMERICAN BIRTH CONTROL LEAGUE, FORERUNNER OF UNPLANNED PARENTHOOD, IS INCORPORATED.
Most of the people who use this service have not planned a thing.
1922: ACTOR GALE STORM IS BORN.
1932: ALCOHOL PROHIBITION IN FINLAND ENDS.
And that country is now back on the possible vacation list.
1937: GENERAL COLIN POWELL IS BORN.
What political party is he with today?
1943: WORLD WAR II - AMERICAN BOMBER AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTALLY CAUSE MORE THAN 900 CIVILIAN DEATHS IN BELGIUM.
I guess "sorry" won't cut it here.
1949: A FIRE IN A HOSPITAL IN EFFINGHAM, ILLINOIS, KILLS 77 PEOPLE AND LEADS TO NATIONWIDE FIRE CODE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE US.
First improvement? No smoking in hospital beds.
1951: ETHEL AND JULIUS ROSENBERG ARE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR SPYING FOR THE SOVIET UNION.
No argument here.
1964: GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR DIES.
He won't return this time.
1969: VIETNAM WAR - MASSIVE ANTIWAR DEMONSTRATIONS OCCUR IN MANY US CITIES.
Excuse to stay home from work.
1973: RAPPER PHARRELL WILLIAMS IS BORN.
Happy, my ass.
1986: THREE PEOPLE ARE KILLED IN THE BOMBING OF THE LA BELLE DISCO IN WEST BERLIN, GERMANY.
What about those running bar tabs?
1994: ROCK STAR KURT COBAIN DIES.
I know a lot of people who thought this was some sort of a big deal.
1999: TWO LIBYANS SUSPECTED OF BRINGING DOWN PAN AM FLIGHT 103 IN 1988 ARE HANDED OVER FOR EVENTUAL TRIAL IN THE NETHERLANDS.
Hope they go the way of the Rosenbergs.
2005: AUTHOR SAUL BELLOW DIES.
2006: SINGER GENE PITNEY DIES.
The man who wrote "The Man Who Shot LIberty Valance."
2008: ACTOR CHARLTON HESTON DIES.
Those cold dead hands really are.
2015: ACTOR RICHARD DYSART DIES.
An actor you will recognize for being in EVERYTHING.
Dinner last night: Beef dip sandwich at Bob's Big Boy.