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Thursday, March 27, 2014

March 27: Nikita buries us

March 27: today in history (from Wikipedia)

1794 – "The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates." Before that, the world never had a "global force for good."

1794 – "Denmark and Sweden form a neutrality compact." Imagine if all the rest of the countries signed on.

1871 – "The first international rugby football match, when Scotland defeats England in Edinburgh at Raeburn Place." I never understood when Scotland is and isn't its own country.

1958 – "Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union." In some ways the U.S. won the Cold War, in other ways it seems Khrushchev buried us.

2002 – "Nanterre massacre: In Nanterre, France, a gunman opened fire at the end of a town council meeting, resulting in the deaths of eight councilors and the injury of 19 others." But I thought this stuff only happened in the U.S., and only because of our lax gun laws.

Notable quotes (from BrainyQuote unless otherwise sourced)

"You have to listen to adversaries and keep looking for that point beyond which it's against their interests to keep on disagreeing or fighting. - Cyrus Vance (March 27, 1917 – January 12, 2002)

"Is it 'left' to insist that presidents and CIA directors adhere to the law? I don't think so. I think it's American." - Anthony Lewis (March 27, 1927 – March 25, 2013)

"Never underestimate the capacity of another human being to have exactly the same shortcomings you have." - Leigh Steinberg (born March 27, 1949)

"When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'no, I went to films.'" - Quentin Tarantino (born March 27, 1963)

"I always tell myself that when you're playing a character, pretend they're on trial and you're giving the best witness of their life. You really need to think about every element of the character and represent them properly, as if they were a real person. You want to give 100 percent of what they're worth and what they deserve as people." - Pauley Perrette (born March 27, 1969)

Song of the Day

Sarah Vaughan would be 90 today. Music and lyrics by Erroll Garner.

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