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Paths of the Wise
- Many a true word is spoken in jest.
- English Proverb
Paths of the Not-So-Wise
- He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame - - maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
- Bad analogies on high school papers
Milestones on this Date in History
1480: Italian duchess Lucrezia Borgia
1857: Lawyer Clarence Darrow
1882: Symphony conductor Leopold Stokowski
1922: Actress Barbara Hale
1947: Actor James Woods
1953: Canadian Actor Rick Moranis
1963: TV Host Conan O'Brien
Music on this Date in History
1819: Franz von Suppe was born in the Croatian seaport of Split . Von Suppe became a well-known conductor and composer for the theater. The most popular von Suppe works are the "Poet and Peasant" and "Light Cavalry" overtures.
1944: Leonard Bernstein's ballet "Fancy Free" - about sailors on shore leave - was premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The music was so well-received that Bernstein reworked the material into a musical called "On the Town."
World Events on this Date in History
1775: American patriot Paul Revere began his famed ride through the Massachusetts countryside, crying out "The British are coming!" to rally the Minutemen.
1906: An earthquake struck San Francisco, collapsing buildings and igniting fires that destroyed much of what remained of the city. By the time it was over three days later, almost 500 people were dead and more than a quarter of a million were homeless.
1949: The Republic of Ireland formally declared itself independent from Britain.