Sunday, December 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Joan

December 7, 1958
Tim Butler, bass player and co-founder of the Psychedelic Furs was born on this date. We'll let him serenade Joan, the birthday girl.

Christmas video countdown -

Here's Today in History

December 7, 43 BC -

Marcus Tullius Cicero, famous Roman writer and orator, literally gets his head handsed to him on this date, when soldier in Marc Antony's army chops off his head & right hand then display them in the Roman Forum. Now there's a holiday display you don't see that often.

It was on this day in 1941 that Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor. The attack came after the United States had frozen Japanese assets and declared an embargo on shipments of petroleum to Japan.

On the morning of December 7, soldiers at Pearl Harbor were learning how to use a new device called radar, and they detected a large number of planes heading toward them. They telephoned an officer to ask him what to do. The officer said they must be American B-17s on their way to the base, and he told the soldiers not to worry about it.

A sailor named James Jones, who would go on to write the novel From Here to Eternity (1951), was in the mess hall that morning.

There were ultimately 2,390 Americans killed at Pearl Harbor and 1,178 wounded. Two days after the attack, the Navy passed out postcards to the survivors and told them to write to their families, but not to describe what had happened. Some families did not get their postcards until February.

December 7, 1949 -
It's Tom Waits' birthday. Get drunk and sing really sad songs in a raspy voice in his honor.

According to a 2005 survey, 7 out of 10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their doting owners. Of those 7 dogs, six of them will take a dump on the rug anyway.

15 more shopping days until Hanukkah, 18 more shopping days until Christmas.

And so it goes.

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