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Reader Lenore Schuller writes in: “Why have you skipped December 6th?” She refers to the Who2 birthday index, in which every day of the year has at least one celebrity birthday… except for December 6th. Out of our 2500+ profiles, no famous person was born on that day.We’ve resisted (so far) the urge to hunt down one famous person born on that day and profile them. December 6th will just have to make it into the database on its own merits.
A side note to the confirmation of John Roberts, Jr. as Chief Justice of the United States: rather interesting how few Chief Justices there have been in American history, considering that the post has existed since John Jay first took it in 1789.Roberts is only the 17th man to hold the post (if you toss out William Cushing, who either took the job for a few days and then resigned, or turned it down altogether, in 1796). Wikipedia has a good clear list.
According to BBC News today, the Vatican has reported that the last words of Pope John Paul II were: “Let me go to the house of the Father.”The revelation is part of a chronicle of the last months of the pope’s life. The chronicle begins with an entry from 31 January 2005.His final words were uttered on the evening of the day he died, 2 April 2005.
We’ve been taking a closer look at the birthdate of Alexander Hamilton, founding father and duelling victim. Some sources say he was born in 1757, but others insist on 1755.[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2225:]]
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