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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014: Aretha, Elton, and other icons

March 25, today in history (from Wikipedia)

1811 – "Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from the University of Oxford for publishing the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism." Well, it was a sign of progress that he wasn't executed.

1948 – "The first successful tornado forecast predicts that a tornado will strike Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma." Debt of gratitude to all who developed this technology.

1957 – "The European Economic Community is established (West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)." They MUST have regretted expansion -- especially German taxpayers. Real free trade doesn't require bureaucracies.

Notable quotes (from BrainyQuote unless otherwise sourced)

"There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment - and nothing more corrupting." - A.J.P. Taylor (25 March 1906 – 7 September 1990)

"Film is a dramatised reality and it is the director's job to make it appear real... an audience should not be conscious of technique." - David Lean (25 March 1908 – 16 April 1991)

"I am as innocent regarding any conspiracy as any of you gentlemen in the room." - Jack Ruby ( March 25, 1911 – January 3, 1967)

"If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread; otherwise there will be no peace." - Norman Borlaug (March 25, 1914 – September 12, 2009)

"Sports is the toy department of human life." - Howard Cosell (March 25, 1918 – April 23, 1995)

"Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."

"I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it."

- Flannery O'Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964)

"Houston, we've had a problem."

"Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job."
- Jim Lovell  (born March 25, 1928)

"The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn." - Gloria Steinem (born March 25, 1934)

"Nationalism does nothing but teach you how to hate people that you never met." - Doug Stanhope (born March 25, 1967) SOURCE

Songs of the Day: two giants mean two songs today.

Happy Birthday Aretha!



Happy Birthday Elton!


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