On this date in 1778, British forces began withdrawing from Philadelphia. I mean, for goodness sake, how many cheese steak sandwiches can you eat?

The War of 1812 began on this date, some time ago... not exactly sure when.

On this date in 1815, Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo.
Without this tremendous loss, we never would have had one of Abba's biggest songs.
He then uttered those famous words, "Well, I guess I'll just go sell olive oil."
For him, his Waterloo was actually Waterloo.

On this date in 1873, Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for trying to vote in the 1872 presidential election. As punishment, they promised to put her face on a $1 coin.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter and Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev signed the SALT-2 treaty in Vienna. Pepper was easily approved, but allowing them to add salt to their food was a close vote.


Blake Shelton celebrates birthday number 42 today. Here we go a Gwen. Thanks to "The Voice," we've all gotten to know him a bit better. But of course, not enough to have to buy him a gift.

The birthday judges are giving former figure skater Kurt Browning a 5-3.

The very pale and bizarre Carol Kane turns 66 today. She's often visited by ghosts, because she makes them feel tan. Recently, she played The Penquin's mother on "Gotham."

Isabella Rossellini hits 66 today and, I'm not sure, but I think she's Italian.

Sir Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings) celebrates his 76th birthday today.
He was 25% of the Fab Four.
We love him, yeah, yeah, yeah.
He was told seven years ago that "no I won't feed you, no I won't need you, when you're 64."
We don't know what kind of day he has planned today, but yesterday... all his troubles seemed so far away.
These days, every day is a hard day's night.

National Splurge Day -- a day to treat yourself excessively, to anything you want. And, to excess if you desire. Isn't that a great thing? Maybe, you're on a diet, and that special dessert is too many calories. Maybe, you want to buy a steak, and the budget is a little tight. Toss out the reservations, and go for it today. Treat yourself to whatever you want and to excess. The origins of National Splurge Day are shrouded in a bit of mystery. The website Holiday Insights claims the origins are unknown, some fingers point to Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith, a Chicago-area "eventologist" who is believed to have started the holiday back in 1994. Love the idea or hate it, there are ways to splurge on a budget. 


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