Daily post : On this day 30th December

Quote of the day :

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
~ British-Canadian author, Stephen Leacock (b. 1869)

Picture of the day :

Only a mossy log, but I liked the composition.


Youtube video of the day :

Given two of The Monkees have a birthday today, what else but a clip of them singing ‘I’m a believer’.


Born on this day…

Born today :

  • Author, Rudyard Kipling
  • Author, Stephen Leacock
    In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies.
  • Author, L. P. Hartley CBE
    The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
  • Singer and songwriter, Patti Smith
  • Singer and songwriter, Bo Diddley
  • Musician, singer and Songwriter, Jeff Lynne (ELO)
  • Actor, singer and songwriter, Michael Nesmith (Monkees)
  • Actor and singer, Davy Jones (Monkees too!)
  • Actor, Jack Lord
  • Actor, Jason Behr
  • Actor, Fred Ward
  • Actress and singer, Tracey Ullman
  • Actress, Eliza Dushku
  • Actress, Kristin Kreuk
  • Golfer, Tiger Woods
  • Roman emperor, Titus (b.39)

Also on this day in history

1879 : Premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera, "The Pirates of Penzance", at the Royal Bijou Theatre, Paignton, Devon. That was despite only one rehearsal of the still unfinished opera, no overture for it nor proper costumes and a dearth of sheet music.

1911: Sun Yat-sen was elected the first president of the Republic of China.

1922: Soviet Russia is renamed the USSR.

1924 : Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galactic systems.

1985 : IBM released version 3.2 of their PC-DOS operating system.

Fact of the day from Reference.com

It is estimated that the average English speaker’s active vocabulary ranges between 15,000 and 50,000 words, while the passive vocabulary (the words a speaker understands but doesn’t use) can include up to 100,000 words.

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