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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 26: Mother Theresa, After Hours

August 26: today in history (from Wikipedia)

1748 – "The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania." Coffee and cookies were then served in the basement.*

1789 – "The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen is approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France." Isabel Paterson didn't coin "the humanitarian with the guillotine" out of thin air.

1920 – "The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote." This started off well for the U.S., electing Harding and Coolidge. Not so great ever since; but really, it wasn't so great before anyway.

Notable quotes:

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."

- Mother Theresa (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997)

"If an investigative reporter finds out that someone has been robbing the store, that may be 'gotcha' journalism, but it's also good journalism." 

- Benjamin C. Bradlee (born August 26, 1921)

 "I went to school for clothing and textiles and thought this is what I was going to do. Then I started working in costumes and literally said, 'I don't know if I can take the actors.'"

- Melissa McCarthy (born August 26, 1970)

Song of the Day:

Happy 70th birthday Maureen Tucker of the Velvet Underground!

 

* Heard the "coffee and cookies" joke about Lutherans in a Lutheran Mutual radio commercial some ten years ago.

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