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2.21.13 OT - The Only Worthy Sock Puppet Is The One In Your Jockey

1848 Former President John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. (He died two days later.)
1878 The first telephone directory was issued, by the District Telephone Co. of New Haven, Conn.
1885 The Washington Monument was dedicated.
1907 Poet W.H. Auden was born in York, England.
1916 The World War I Battle of Verdun began in France.
1925 The New Yorker magazine made its debut.
1947 Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.
1972 President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China.
1973 Israeli fighter planes shot down a Libyan Airlines jet over the Sinai Desert, killing more than 100 people.
1975 Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.
1988 TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart tearfully confessed to his congregation in Baton Rouge, La., that he was guilty of an unspecified sin, and said he was leaving the pulpit temporarily. (Reports linked Swaggart to a prostitute.)
1989 President George H.W. Bush called Ayatollah Khomeini's death warrant against "Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie "deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior."
1995 Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, landing in Canada.
2011 Deep cracks opened in Moammar Gadhafi's regime, with Libyan government officials at home and abroad resigning, air force pilots defecting and a major government building ablaze after clashes in the capital of Tripoli.

Born on this day, still alive - David Geffen, Kelsey Grammer, the great Alan Rickman, William Petersen, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ellen Page, and finally, turning 67 today - the great Anthony Daniels, aka "C-3PO".

Born on this day, now dead - Tom Yawkey, Andres Segovia, Antonio Lopez Santa Anna

Dead on this day, still dead - Malcom X

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