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Thursday, March 06, 2014

March 6, 2014: Rob Ford, Muhammed Ali, Shaq, Pink Floyd...

March 6: today in history (via Wikipedia)

1834 – "York, Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto." Thanks for giving us Rob Ford!

1857 – "The Supreme Court of the United States rules in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case." Despite the disaster of the decision itself, it's also poisoned political opinion to this day. "Worst decision since Dred Scott!" is said about too many decisions, far too often.

1964 – "Nation of Islam's Elijah Muhammad officially gives boxing champion Cassius Clay the name Muhammad Ali." So one man had the two coolest, catchiest names of all time.

1981 – "After 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time." When of the few tv giants who knew when to quit.

Notable quotes (via BrainyQuote unless otherwise sourced)

"He looked at me as if I were a side dish he hadn't ordered."

"A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor."

- Ring Lardner (March 6, 1885 – September 25, 1933)

"In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value." - Alan Greenspan (born March 6, 1926)

"You can either invade a country or leave them alone and trade with them. When goods cross borders, armies don't." - John Stossel (born March 6, 1947)

"I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok." - Shaquille O'Neal (born March 6, 1972)

Song of the Day

Happy 68th, David Gilmour!

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