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Monday, November 22, 2010

Today in History -- November 23

534 BC – Thespis of Icaria becomes the first actor to act out the part of a character—as opposed to being a narrator or commentator—on the Greek stage. This new style of drama will become known as "tragedy."

1499 – Perkin Warbeck—who had the very bad judgment to pretend to be the lost son and heir of King Edward III of England—is hanged by King Henry VII, who is not amused.

1644 – John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a philosophical and moral attack on censorship, except when the censored statements at issue are critical of the Transportation Security Administration.

1804 – Future lawyer, Senator, Mexican War general, U.S. President, and law-school namesake Franklin Pierce is born in a log cabin at Hillsborough, New Hampshire

1859 – Future gunman William "Billy the Kid" Bonney is born at New York City.
              "Too mean to live,
              "Too young to die.
              ".He did anyway."

1876 – William "Boss" Tweed is handed over to Federal debtors’ prison after being captured in Spain. He is held on $3 million bond.

1889 – The earliest known progenitor of the iPod music device—called a "jukebox"—is put into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco. Songs are a nickel apiece but you can only listen to them once.

1992 – Roy Acuff, the pioneer fiddler, singer, and music publisher who invented the Nashville music industry, dies at age 89. Here’s him doing his 1936 hit, The Great Speckled Bird:

On that same day, future Disney pop star Destiny Hope "Miley" Cyrus is born at Nashville, Tennessee. This is proof positive that the idea of progress in human affairs is illusory.


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