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The Daily F Bomb, New Year’s Eve 2013


What were the best things that happened in 2013?  

What were the worst things that happened in 2013?

What was the funniest political moment of 2013?

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions this year?

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On This Day

In 1695,  a window tax was levied in England, causing many householders to brick up windows to avoid paying it (which probably made their candle bills skyrocket).

In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia into the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.

In 1907, the first Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration took place, except that it was called Longacre Square in those days.

In 1946, Harry S. Truman officially declared the end of hostilities in World War II.

In 1960, the farthing ceased to be legal tender in the U.K.

In 1983, AT&T Bell System was broken up by the evil interfering United States Government. No fear, they seem to be trying to get back together.

In 1999, Boris Yeltsin resigned as President of Russia, leaving Vladimir Putin as acting President.

In 1999, the U.S. Government handed over control of the Panama Canal and Canal Zone to Panama.

Born on This Day

1617 – Bartolome Esteban Murillo – Spanish painter (d. 1682)

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1720 – Charles Edward Stuart, pretender to the British throne (d. 1788)

1738 – Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, British general (d. 1805)

1751 – Giovanni Lampi I, Austrian/Italian painter (d. 1830)

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1753 – Abraham van Strij I, Dutch painter (d. 1826)

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1842 – Giovanni Boldini , Italian painter (d. 1931)

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1844 – Ricardo Balaca, Spanish painter (d. 1880)

1856 – Wojciech Kossak, Polish painter (d. 1942)

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1861 – René Prinet, French painter (d. 1946)

1864 – Hans am Ende, German impressionist landscape painter (d. 1918)

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1869 – Henri Matisse, French painter (d. 1954)

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1881 – Max Pechstein, German painter (d. 1955)

1908 – Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian Holocaust survivor (d. 2005)

1909 – Jonah Jones, American jazz trumpeter (d. 2000)

1930 – Odetta, American singer (d. 2008)

1930 – Jaime Escalante, American teacher (d. 2010)

1937 – Sir Anthony Hopkins, Welsh actor

1938 – Rosalind Cash, American actress (d. 1995)

1941 – Sarah Miles, English actress

1943 – John Denver, American singer and songwriter. (d. 1997)

1943 – Sir Ben Kingsley, English actor

1943 – Pete Quaife, English bassist (The Kinks) (d. 2010)

1947 – Burton Cummings, Canadian keyboardist (The Guess Who)

1947 – Tim Matheson, American actor

1948 – Joe Dallesandro American actor

1951 – Tom Hamilton, American bassist (Aerosmith)

1959 – Paul Westerberg, American musician (The Replacements)

1963 – Scott Ian, American guitarist (Anthrax)

1965 – Gong Li, Chinese actress

1977 – Psy, South Korean singer and rapper, much parodied

Died on This Day

1655 – Janusz Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian noble and magnate (b. 1612)

1676 – Nicolaes Molenaer, Dutch painter (b. 1630)

1705 – Catherine of Braganza (b. 1638)

1877 – Gustave Courbet, French painter (b. 1819)

1889 – Joseph Coomans, Belgian painter (b. 1816)

1911 – Grigoriy Myasoyedov, Russian painter (b. 1834)

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1917 – Federico Zandomeneghi, Italian painter (b. 1841)

1920 – Albert Roelofs, Dutch painter (b. 1877)

1938 – Richard N Roland Holst, Dutch artist/painter (b. 1868)

1969 – George Lewis, American clarinetist (b. 1900)

1971 – Pete Duel American actor (b. 1940)

1971 – Marin Sais, American actress (b. 1890) (old pic, new caption)

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1980 – Raoul Walsh, American film director (b. 1887)

1985 – Ricky Nelson, American singer (b. 1940)

1993 – Brandon Teena, American murder victim (b. 1972)

1997 – Billie Dove, American actress (b. 1903)

2000 – Alan Cranston, American politician (b. 1914

2001 – Eileen Heckart, American actress (b. 1919)

Today is

National Champagne Day

New Year’s Eve


  1. Gee

    Where’s my party hat?

    What were the best things that happened in 2013?

    What were the worst things that happened in 2013?

    What was the funniest political moment of 2013?

    Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions this year?

    To me?  To anybody?  I guess the best news is how many states are going to marriage equality.

    Worst thing was the typhoon.

    Either White Santa Claus or masturbating fetuses.


  2. Floja Roja

    No better way to celebrate than by shooting your AR-15 into the air to bring in the new year, right?

    Best thing in 2013 was gay marriage busting out all over.  

    The worst thing in 2013 was the war on the poor + increased racism + the revelation that most people approve of rape and defend the rapist’s right to do it.

    The funniest moment was either calves like cantaloupes, Bachmann speechifying in Egypt, or the masturbating fetuses.

    My resolution never changes: Don’t vote Republican. It’s so easy to keep.

  3. Avilyn

    Loved the hovers though 😀


    What were the best things that happened in 2013?  To me, or politically?  :-)  Politically, I’d have to say the end of DOMA, the spread of marriage equality, the election of Cory Booker, and the senate blowing up the filibuster on presidential appointments.  Personally?  Hm.  Got an unexpected but appreciated raise this year, had a wonderful holiday with my in-laws last week, and my father in-law’s successful surgery to replace his pacemaker.

    What were the worst things that happened in 2013?  Politically:  Continued austerity, Christie’s re-election, the Republican party still exists, the filibuster still exists for legislation, extreme weather events due to climate change.  Personally:  Hm.  Got a new manager I’m not crazy about thanks to a re-org at work.  My favorite relatives are moving from 10 minutes away to several hours away (semi-retiring to Massachusetts).

    What was the funniest political moment of 2013?  Well, since Gee brought it up, the masturbating fetuses was pretty funny.  The Rand Paul plagiarism incidents and his response to it was pretty good too.

    Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions this year?  Nah, I never keep them so I stopped bothering to make them ages ago.

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