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15th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1606 Rembrandt van Rijn (painter – Night Watch)

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Died:

1997 Gianni Versace (fashion designer)

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On This Day:

1799 The Rosetta Stone is discovered, allowing for translation of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics

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Have a good Sunday, 15th July

 

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14th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1910 William Hanna (cartoonist – Tom & Jerry, Scooby Doo)

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Died:

1881 Billy The Kid (infamous outlaw)

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On This Day:

1789 Bastille Day (the start of the French Revolution with the fall of the Bastille Prison)

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Have a good Saturday, 14th July

 

The List Of Famous Hats

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Napoleon’s hat is an obvious choice I guess to list as a famous
hat, but that’s not the hat I have in mind. That was his hat for
show. I am thinking of his private bathing cap, which in all hon-
esty wasn’t much different than the one any jerk might buy at a
corner drugstore now, except for two minor eccentricities. The
first one isn’t even funny: Simply it was a white rubber bathing
cap, but too small. Napoleon led such a hectic life ever since his
childhood, even farther back than that, that he never had a
chance to buy a new bathing cap and still as a grown-up–well,
he didn’t really grow that much, but his head did: He was a pin-
head at birth, and he used, until his death really, the same little
tiny bathing cap that he was born in, and this meant that later it
was very painful to him and gave him many headaches, as if he
needed more. So, he had to vaseline his skull like crazy to even
get the thing on. The second eccentricity was that it was a tricorn
bathing cap. Scholars like to make a lot out of this, and it would
be easy to do. My theory is simple-minded to be sure: that be-
neath his public head there was another head and it was a pyra-
mid or something.

 

– James Tate

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2nd July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1949 Roy Bittan (E Street Band)

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Died:

1566 Nostradamus (astrologist) 

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On This Day:

1962 The opening of the first Walmart store (Rogers, Arkansas)

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Have a good Monday, 2nd July

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1st July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1961 Diana Spencer (Lady Diana), Princess of Wales

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Died:

2004 Marlon Brando (actor – The Godfather)

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On This Day:

1903 First Tour de France (iconic bicycle race) starts

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Have a good Sunday, 1st July

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27th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1872 Paul Laurence Dunbar (poet & author)

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Died:

2001 Jack Lemmon (actor)

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On This Day:

1977 Djibouti claims independence (from France)

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Have a good Wednesday, 27th June

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5th June – On This Day

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Born:

1976 Ross Noble (comedian)

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Died:

2004 Ronald Reagan (40th President of the USA)

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On This Day:

1944 Operation Tonga – British gliders carrying troops touch down in France as part of the D-Day invasions

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Have a good Tuesday, 5th May

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