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9/28/2016
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 Encyclopaedia Britannica

*1964Born on this day in 1964 in Newton, New Jersey, Janeane Garofalo stared in many movies and TV shows like the West Wing, The Truth About Cats & Dogs and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.

Janeane, the petite woman with the acerbic wit, was born in Newton, New Jersey, in 1964, and had many jobs before breaking into show biz.
She worked as a bike messenger, a shoe salesperson (no doubt with Al Bundy's disposition), waitress and temp secretary.
Watching David Letterman on TV inspired her to write comedy, and by 1985 she was doing stand up comedy. As such, Janeane has become a cult figure, giving a voice to a generation, venting her frustration at TV, dating, relationships, life in general and anything that ticks her off in particular.
Janeane did sketches on "The Ben Stiller Show" (1992) (an Emmy winning, but canceled show). She would continue to collaborate with Ben Stiller in future projects.
Janeane received 2 Emmy nominations for her work on "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992), developing her signature character: a smart, cynical woman with a razor wit.
She was not happy with her "Saturday Night Live" (1975) stint in 1994, and was vocal about it (of course). Transferring her persona from TV to the big screen, she moved on to movies, basically playing the character she had defined for herself.
In Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) she portrayed a smart, cynical, successful businesswomen with a razor wit, and this time with swear words (in the movie she had developed a brand of cigarettes with fast-burning paper, for the gal on the go; in real life it is alleged she smokes Marlboros).
 
*1963Volusia County resident since 1970, Florida resident since 1964 and known as the person with more useless knowledge than the encyclopedia, William P Coats (Phil Coats) A.K.A. pcoats, was born on this day in 1963. 
*1780French politician Élie, Duc Decazes, born this day in 1780, was an intimate adviser to King Louis XVIII and head of the moderate constitutional monarchists, who favoured the liberalization of censorship and electoral laws. 
*-551Teacher and philosopher Confucius was born. He dedicated most of his life to teaching, starting at the age of 22 when he opened his first school.  
2004Nate Olive and Sarah Jones arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border to complete the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the U.S. Pacific Coast. They started the trek on June 8. 
2004The U.S. Federal Reserve and the U.S. Secret Service introduced the first newly redesigned $50 bill.  
2000The U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in the United States. The pill is used to induce an abortion.  
1997The 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was held in New York City, NY. The official debut of the DVD format was featured.  
1995Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that transferred control of the West Bank.  
1994900 people were killed when an Estonian ferry capsized in the Baltic Sea.  
1994Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu was assassinated. He was the No. 2 man in the Institutional Revolutionary Party in Mexico.  
1992In Nepal, 167 people were killed when a Pakistani jetliner crashed.  
1991In response to U.S. President Bush's reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.  
1991Marion Barry, former mayor of the District of Columbia, was sentenced to six months in prison for possession of crack cocaine.  
1989Ferdinand E. Marcos died in Hawaii, in exile, at the age of 72.  
1987Mehdi Hashemi was executed for treason in an Iranian prison. Hashemi had at one time been a close aide to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.  
1985Rioting erupted in London's Brixton district that lasted for two days. The incident occurred after a black woman was shot by a police officer during a raid on her home.  
1984Bob Hope showed outtakes of his 34 years in television on NBC.  
1978Don Sherman, editor of Car & Driver, set a new Class E record in Utah. Driving the Mazda RX7 he reached a speed of 183.904 mph.  
1978Heavy fighting occurred in Lebanon between Syrian peacekeeping troops and Lebanese Christian militiamen.  
1974First Lady Betty Ford underwent a mastectomy to remove a lump in her breast.  
1972Communist China and Japan agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.  
1968The Atlanta Chiefs won the first North American Soccer League Championship.  
1967The first mayor of Washington, DC, Walter Washington, took office.  
1961"Dr. Kildare" premiered on NBC-TV.  
1961"Hazel" premiered on NBC-TV.  
1958Madagascar voted for autonomy within the French Community. 
1955The World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.  
1950The United Nations admitted Indonesia.  
1944"The Boys From Boise" was shown on WABD in New York as the first full-length comedy written for television.  
1939"Fleischmann Hour" aired for the last time on radio.  
1939During World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed upon a plan on the division of Poland.  
1936"Bachelor's Children" debuted on CBS Radio.  
1924The first around-the-world flight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle, WA. The trip took 175 days.  
1920 In what became known as the Black Sox Scandal, eight members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team were indicted by a grand jury on charges that they had thrown the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds in return for a bribe.  
1915The British defeated the Turks in Mesopotamia at Kut-el-Amara.  
1911Using the pretext of infringement of Italian interests in the Turkish provinces of Tripolitana and Cyrenaica (Libya), the Italian government issued an ultimatum to Turkey and declared war the next day. 
1892The first nighttime football game in the U.S. took place under electric lights. The game was between the Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary.  
1850The U.S. Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.  
1850U.S. President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young the first governor of the Utah territory. In 1857, U.S. President James Buchanan removed Young from the position.  
1787The U.S. Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval.  
1781The Siege of Yorktown began, eventually leading on October 19 to the British surrender by General Lord Cornwallis and the end of the American Revolution. 
1687The Turks surrendered Athens to the Venetians.  
1542California “discovered”. Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, known as the “discoverer” of California, landed this day in 1542 near what is now San Diego and became the first European to set foot on the west coast of what would become the United States. 
1066England was invaded by William the Conqueror who claimed the English throne.  
351Roman Emperor Constantius II defeated the usurper Magnentius in the Battle of Mursa, the bloodiest battle of the 4th century. 
-48Pompey the Great was murdered on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt.  
Asterisks (*) denotes birthday

Famous Birthdays
1992 - Skye Bartusiak
1987 - Hilary Duff
1968 - Naomi Watts
1967 - Mira Sorvino
1967 - Moon Unit Zappa
1966 - Maria Canals-BarreraActress
1964 - Janeane Garofalo
1963 - William P Coats
1952 - Sylvia KristelActress
1938 - Ben E. KingSinger
1935 - Koko Taylor
1934 - Brigitte Bardot
1925 - Arnold Stang
1924 - Marcello Mastroianni
1923 - William WindomActor
1909 - Al Capp
1901 - Ed Sullivan

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