Happy birthday and many happy returns Richard Heagren-Gibbs and Nhan Adam Tran. Born on the same day, across the years. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
February 1: Imbolc (Northern Hemisphere); Lughnasadh (Southern Hemisphere); Feast day of St. Brigit of Kildare (Western Christianity)
- 1411 – The First Peace of Thorn was signed, ending the Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War.
- 1896 – Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohèmepremiered at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, eventually becoming one of the most frequently performed operas internationally.
- 1946 – As a result of a compromise between the major powers within the United Nations, Norwegian politician Trygve Lie (pictured)was elected as its first Secretary-General.
- 1968 – Photographer Eddie Adams took his Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of the summary execution of Viet Cong prisoner Nguyen Van Lem, which helped build opposition to the Vietnam War.
- 1991 – On final approach to Los Angeles International Airport, USAir Flight 1493 accidentally collided with a smaller aircraft and caught fire, killing 34 people.
- 481 – Vandal king Huneric organises a conference between Catholic and Arian bishops at Carthage.
- 1327 – Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer.
- 1411 – The First Peace of Thorn is signed in Thorn, Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights (Prussia).
- 1662 – The Chinese general Koxinga seizes the island of Taiwan after a nine-month siege.
- 1709 – Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
- 1713 – The Kalabalik or Tumult in Bendery results from the Ottoman sultan's order that his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized.
- 1790 – In New York City, the Supreme Court of the United States convenes for the first time.
- 1793 – French Revolutionary Wars: France declares war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
- 1796 – The capital of Upper Canada is moved from Newark to York.
- 1814 – Mayon Volcano in the Philippines erupts, killing around 1,200 people, the most devastating eruption of the volcano.
- 1835 – Slavery is abolished in Mauritius.
- 1861 – American Civil War: Texas secedes from the United States.
- 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
- 1876 – A murder conviction effectively forces the violent Pennsylvanian Irish anti-owner coal miners, the "Molly Maguires", to disband.
- 1884 – The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
- 1893 – Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey.
- 1897 – Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul.
- 1908 – King Carlos I of Portugal and his son, Prince Luis Filipe are killed in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon.
- 1918 – Russia adopts the Gregorian Calendar.
- 1920 – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police begins operations.
- 1924 – The United Kingdom recognizes the USSR.
- 1942 – World War II: Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar of German-occupied Norway, appoints Vidkun Quisling the Minister President of the National Government.
- 1942 – World War II: U.S. Navy conducts Marshalls-Gilberts raids, the first offensive action by the United States against Japanese forces in the Pacific Theater.
- 1942 – Voice of America, the official external radio and television service of the United States government, begins broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers.
- 1946 – Trygve Lie of Norway is picked to be the first United Nations Secretary General.
- 1946 – The Parliament of Hungary abolishes the monarchy after nine centuries, and proclaims the Hungarian Republic.
- 1957 – Felix Wankel's first working prototype (DKM 54) of the Wankel engine runs at the NSU research and development department Versuchsabteilung TX in Germany
- 1960 – Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.
- 1965 – The Hamilton River in Labrador, Canada is renamed the Churchill River in honour of Winston Churchill.
- 1968 – Vietnam War: The execution of Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem by South Vietnamese National Police Chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan is videotaped and photographed by Eddie Adams. This image helped build opposition to the Vietnam War.
- 1968 – Canada's three military services, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, are unified into the Canadian Forces.
- 1968 – The New York Central Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad are merged to form the ill-fated Penn Central Transportation.
- 1972 – Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
- 1974 – A fire in the 25-story Joelma Building in Sao Paulo, Brazil kills 189 and injures 293.
- 1974 – Kuala Lumpur is declared a Federal Territory.
- 1978 – Director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.
- 1979 – Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst is released from prison after her sentence is commuted by President Jimmy Carter.
- 1979 – The Ayatollah Khomeini is welcomed back to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.
- 1982 – Senegal and the Gambia form a loose confederation known as Senegambia.
- 1989 – The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
- 1990 – Humanitas publishing house is founded in Bucharest, shortly after the Romanian Revolution, by the philosopher Gabriel Liiceanu.
- 1991 – A runway collision between USAir Flight 1493 and SkyWest Flight 5569 at Los Angeles International Airport results in the death of 34 persons, and the injury of 30 others.
- 1992 – The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal court declares Warren Anderson, ex-CEO of Union Carbide, a fugitive under Indian law for failing to appear in theBhopal Disaster case.
- 1993 – Gary Bettman becomes the NHL's first commissioner
- 1996 – The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
- 1998 – Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne becomes the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
- 2001 – Putrajaya, the Malaysian administrative city, is declared a Federal Territory.
- 2002 – Daniel Pearl, American Journalist, South Asia Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, kidnapped January 23, 2002, is beheaded and mutilated by his captors.
- 2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
- 2004 – 251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
- 2004 – Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to Federal Communications Commission censorship guidelines.
- 2005 – King Gyanendra of Nepal carries out a coup d'état to capture the democracy, becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
- 2009 – A prolonged period of snowfall begins in the British Isles, with some areas experiencing their largest snowfalls since 1991.
- 1261 – Walter de Stapledon, English bishop (d. 1326)
- 1459 – Conrad Celtes, German scholar (d. 1508)
- 1462 – Johannes Trithemius, German cryptographer (d. 1516)
- 1552 – Edward Coke, English jurist and MP (d. 1634)
- 1635 – Marquard Gude, German archaeologist (d. 1689)
- 1648 – Elkanah Settle, English poet and playwright (d. 1724)
- 1659 – Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch explorer (d. 1729)
- 1663 – Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, Filipino nun (d. 1748)
- 1687 – Johann Adam Birkenstock, German composer and violinist (d. 1733)
- 1690 – Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian composer (d. 1768)
- 1701 – Johan Agrell, Swedish-born German composer (d. 1765)
- 1710 – Konrad Ernst Ackermann, German actor (d. 1771)
- 1761 – Christian Hendrik Persoon, South African mycologist (d. 1836)
- 1763 – Thomas Campbell, Irish theologian (d. 1854)
- 1764 – George Duff, English Royal Navy officer (d.1805)
- 1796 – Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich, Swiss poet (d. 1865)
- 1801 – Émile Littré, French lexicographer (d. 1881)
- 1820 – George Hendric Houghton, American clergyman (d. 1897)
- 1841 – William Davenport, American magician (d. 1877)
- 1844 – G. Stanley Hall, American psychologist (d. 1924)
- 1851 – Durham Stevens, American diplomat (d. 1908)
- 1859 – Victor Herbert, Irish composer (d. 1924)
- 1871 – Hellmer Hermandsen, Norwegian rifle shooter (d. 1958)
- 1872 – Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (d. 1949)
- 1872 – Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer. (d. 1927)
- 1873 – Joseph Allard, Canadian fiddler (d. 1947)
- 1873 – John Barry, Irish Victoria Cross recipient(d. 1901)
- 1874 – Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Austrian writer (d. 1929)
- 1878 – Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer and architect (d. 1955)
- 1878 – Milan Hodža, Slovak politician (d. 1944)
- 1882 – Louis Stephen St. Laurent, Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1973)
- 1884 – Bradbury Robinson, American football player (d. 1949)
- 1884 – Yevgeny Zamyatin, Russian writer (d. 1937)
- 1887 – Charles Nordhoff, English-born author (d. 1947)
- 1888 – Charles January, American soccer player (d. 1970)
- 1894 – John Ford, American director and producer (d. 1973)
- 1894 – Lucian Grigorescu, Romanian post-impressionist painter (d. 1965)
- 1894 – James P. Johnson, American composer (d. 1955)
- 1895 – Conn Smythe, Canadian businessman and sportsman (d. 1980)
- 1897 – Denise Robins, English romance novelist (d. 1985)
- 1898 – Leila Denmark, American pediatrician and supercentenarian (d. 2012)
- 1901 – Frank Buckles, last surviving American veteran of World War I (d. 2011)
- 1901 – Clark Gable, American actor (d. 1960)
- 1902 – Therese Brandl, Nazi concentration camp guard (d. 1947)
- 1902 – Langston Hughes African-American poet and author (d. 1967)
- 1904 – S. J. Perelman, American humorist (d. 1979)
- 1905 – Emilio G. Segrè, Italian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1989)
- 1906 – Adetokunbo Ademola, Nigerian Chief Justice (d. 1993)
- 1906 – Hildegarde, American actress and singer (d. 2005)
- 1907 – Günter Eich, German lyricist (d. 1972)
- 1907 – Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer (d. 1993)
- 1908 – George Pal, Hungarian-born director and producer (d. 1980)
- 1908 – Louis Rasminsky, Canadian economist, bank governor (d. 1998)
- 1909 – George Beverly Shea, Canadian singer
- 1910 – Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, Tibetan politician (d. 2009)
- 1915 – Stanley Matthews, English footballer (d. 2000)
- 1917 – A. K. Hangal, Indian actor (d. 2012)
- 1917 – Eiji Sawamura, Japanese baseball player (d. 1944)
- 1918 – Muriel Spark, Scottish author (d. 2006)
- 1918 – Ignacy Tokarczuk, Polish archbishop (d. 2012)
- 1920 – Mike Scarry, American football player and coach (d. 2012)
- 1921 – Patricia Robins, English writer
- 1921 – Peter Sallis, English actor
- 1922 – Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano (d. 2004)
- 1923 – Ben Weider, Canadian businessman and author (d. 2008)
- 1924 – Richard Hooker, American author (d. 1997)
- 1924 – Emmanuel Scheffer, German-Israeli football coach and manager (d. 2012)
- 1926 – Shane Devine, American federal judge (d. 1999)
- 1927 – Jimmy Andrews, Scottish footballer (d. 2012)
- 1928 – Tom Lantos, American politician (d. 2008)
- 1928 – Stuart Whitman, American actor
- 1930 – Shahabuddin Ahmed, President of Bangladesh
- 1930 – Mario Beaulieu, Canadian politician (d. 1998)
- 1930 – Hossain Mohammad Ershad, Bangladeshi politician
- 1931 – Iajuddin Ahmed, President of Bangladesh
- 1931 – Boris Yeltsin, 1st President of the Russian Federation (d. 2007)
- 1932 – Jan Ramberg, Swedish law professor and judge
- 1934 – Nicolae Breban, Romanian novelist and essayist
- 1934 – Bob Shane, American singer (The Kingston Trio)
- 1936 – Azie Taylor Morton, American politician (d. 2003)
- 1937 – Antonis Christeas, Greek basketball player (d. 2011)
- 1937 – Don Everly, American musician (Everly Brothers)
- 1937 – Garrett Morris, American comedian
- 1937 – Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show)
- 1938 – Sherman Hemsley, American comedian and actor (d. 2012)
- 1939 – Fritjof Capra, Austrian physicist
- 1939 – Claude François, French singer (d. 1978)
- 1939 – Paul Gillmor, American politician (d. 2007)
- 1939 – Del McCoury, American musician (Del McCoury Band)
- 1939 – Joe Sample, American pianist (The Crusaders)
- 1940 – Bibi Besch, Austrian-American actress (d. 1996)
- 1940 – Hervé Filion, Canadian harness racer
- 1941 – Karl Dall, German television host
- 1941 – Jerry Spinelli, American children's author
- 1942 – Terry Jones, Welsh actor and writer
- 1942 – Muna Wassef, Syrian actress and UN Goodwill ambassador
- 1943 – Fred Barnes, American pundit, journalist and political commentator
- 1944 – Lucian Boia, Romanian historian
- 1944 – Mike Enzi, American politician
- 1944 – Petru Popescu, Romanian-American writer, director and movie producer, author of best-selling novels
- 1944 – Dick Snyder, American basketball player
- 1944 – Burkhard Ziese, German football manager (d. 2010)
- 1945 – Serge Joyal, Canadian politician
- 1946 – Chris Clark, American singer
- 1946 – Elisabeth Sladen, English Actress (d. 2011)
- 1946 – Gerhard Welz, German footballer
- 1947 – Mike Brant, Israeli singer (d. 1975)
- 1947 – Normie Rowe, Australian singer
- 1947 – Jessica Savitch, American journalist (d. 1983)
- 1948 – Rick James, American musician and composer (d. 2004)
- 1950 – Mike Campbell, American guitarist and producer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
- 1951 – Sonny Landreth, American guitarist and songwriter
- 1952 – Owoye Andrew Azazi, Nigerian general (d. 2012)
- 1952 – Jenő Jandó, Hungarian pianist
- 1953 – Brendan Batson, English footballer
- 1954 – Chuck Dukowski, American musician (Black Flag)
- 1954 – Bill Mumy, American actor and musician
- 1955 – Ernie Camacho, American baseball player
- 1956 – Brahmanandam, Indian film actor
- 1956 – Exene Cervenka, American musician (X)
- 1956 – Mike Kitchen, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- 1957 – Renae Jacobs, American voice actress
- 1958 – Luther Blissett, English footballer
- 1958 – Ryo Horikawa, Japanese voice actor
- 1958 – Jackie Shroff, Indian actor
- 1961 – Volker Fried, German field hockey player
- 1961 – Daniel Tani, American engineer and astronaut
- 1962 – José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (d. 2004)
- 1962 – Tomoyasu Hotei, Japanese guitarist (Boøwy and Complex)
- 1963 – Takashi Murakami, Japanese artist
- 1964 – Jani Lane, American musician and songwriter (Warrant) (d. 2011)
- 1964 – Mario Pelchat, Canadian singer
- 1964 – Linus Roache, English actor
- 1965 – Sherilyn Fenn, American actress
- 1965 – Brandon Lee, American actor (d. 1993)
- 1965 – Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
- 1966 – Donna Edmondson, American model
- 1966 – Michelle Akers, American soccer player
- 1966 – Vasilis Dimitriadis, Greek footballer
- 1966 – Rob Lee, English footballer
- 1967 – Meg Cabot, American author
- 1967 – Patle Shishupal Natthu, Indian politician
- 1968 – Kent Mercker, American baseball player
- 1968 – Lisa Marie Presley, American singer and actress
- 1968 – Mark Recchi, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1968 – Pauly Shore, American comedian
- 1969 – Gabriel Batistuta, Argentine footballer
- 1969 – Andrew Breitbart, American publisher and conservative political commentator (d. 2012)
- 1969 – Brian Krause, American actor
- 1969 – Joshua Redman, American musician
- 1969 – Patrick Wilson, American musician (Weezer)
- 1970 – Yasuyuki Kazama, Japanese racing driver
- 1970 – Nicoleta Matei (Nico), Romanian singer
- 1970 – Malik Sealy, American basketball player (d. 2000)
- 1971 – Harald Martin Brattbakk, Norwegian footballer
- 1971 – Michael C. Hall, American actor
- 1971 – Ajay Jadeja, Former Indian cricketer
- 1971 – Jill Kelly, American pornographic actress
- 1971 – Hynden Walch, American actress
- 1971 – Ron Welty, American musician (The Offspring and Steady Ground)
- 1971 – Zlatko Zahovič, Slovenian footballer
- 1972 – Yoshi DeHerrera, American TV personality
- 1972 – Kami, Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer) (d. 1999)
- 1973 – Andrew DeClercq, American basketball player
- 1973 – Yuri Landman, Dutch experimental luthier
- 1973 – Makiko Ohmoto, Japanese voice actress
- 1973 – Óscar Pérez, Mexican footballer
- 1974 – Walter McCarty, American basketball player
- 1974 – David Meca, Spanish long distance swimmer
- 1975 – Big Boi, American musician (Outkast)
- 1975 – Katerina Thanou, Greek sprinter
- 1976 – Phil Ivey, American poker player
- 1977 – Kevin Kilbane, Irish footballer
- 1977 – Robert Traylor, American basketball player (d. 2011)
- 1978 – Domenick Davies, Welsh-born German rugby player
- 1978 – Tim Harding, Australian singer (Hi-5)
- 1979 – Julie Augustyniak, American soccer player
- 1979 – Valentín Elizalde, Mexican singer (d. 2006)
- 1979 – Rachelle LeFevre, Canadian actress
- 1979 – Juan Silveira dos Santos, Brazilian footballer
- 1980 – Keitani Graham, Micronesian wrestler (d. 2012)
- 1980 – Héctor Luna, Dominican baseball player
- 1980 – Moisés Muñoz, Mexican footballer
- 1980 – Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2005)
- 1981 – Rob Austin, English racing driver
- 1981 – Luis Lamá, Angolan footballer
- 1981 – Graeme Smith, South African cricketer
- 1982 – Gavin Henson, Welsh rugby player
- 1982 – Shoaib Malik, Pakistani cricketer
- 1982 – Kim Jong-wook, South Korean singer
- 1983 – Iveta Benešová, Czech tennis player
- 1983 – Kevin Martin, American basketball player
- 1983 – Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Belgian cyclist
- 1983 – Andrew VanWyngarden, American musician (MGMT)
- 1984 – Darren Fletcher, Scottish footballer
- 1984 – Lee Thompson Young, American actor
- 1985 – Jodi Gordon, Australian actress and model
- 1985 – Rachael Scdoris, American dog musher
- 1985 – Karine Sergerie, Canadian Taekwondo world champion
- 1985 – Dean Shiels, Northern Irish footballer
- 1986 – Lauren Conrad, American reality TV personality
- 1987 – Montario Hardesty, American football player
- 1987 – Heather Morris, American actress and dancer
- 1987 – Sebastian Boenisch, Polish footballer
- 1987 – Giuseppe Rossi, Italian footballer
- 1987 – Wu Jingyu, Chinese taekwondo practitioner
- 1988 – Brett Anderson, American baseball player
- 1988 – Mark Healey, English computer games developer
- 1989 – Ricky Pinheiro, Portuguese footballer
- 1990 – Laura Marling, English singer-songwriter
- 1991 – Luca Caldirola, Italian footballer
- 1994 – Anna-Lena Friedsam, German tennis player
- 1994 – Skylar Laine, American singer
- 1248 – Henry II, Duke of Brabant (b. 1207)
- 1328 – King Charles IV of France (b. 1294)
- 1542 – Girolamo Aleandro, Italian cardinal (b. 1480)
- 1563 – Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia
- 1590 – Lawrence Humphrey,English clergyman and educator
- 1673 – Elizabeth Fones, English-born American pioneer (b. 1610)
- 1691 – Pope Alexander VIII (b. 1610)
- 1718 – Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury (b. 1660)
- 1733 – King Augustus II of Poland (b. 1670)
- 1734 – John Floyer, English physician and writer (b. 1649)
- 1743 – Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer (b. 1657)
- 1750 – Bakar, Georgian Prince and politician (b. 1699)
- 1761 – Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French historian (b. 1682)
- 1768 – Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, Englis cavalry officer (b. 1685)
- 1793 – William Wildman Shute Barrington, English statesman (b. 1717)
- 1832 – Archibald Murphey, American politician (b. 1777)
- 1850 – Edward Baker Lincoln, American son of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1846)
- 1851 – Mary Shelley, English author (b. 1797)
- 1893 – George Henry Sanderson, American politician (b. 1824)
- 1897 – Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist (b. 1826)
- 1903 – George Gabriel Stokes, Irish physicist (b. 1819)
- 1908 – King Carlos I of Portugal (b. 1863)
- 1922 – William Desmond Taylor, American actor and director (b. 1872)
- 1928 – Hughie Jennings, American baseball player and manager (b. 1869)
- 1936 – Georgios Kondylis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1878)
- 1940 – Philip Francis Nowlan, American writer (b. 1888)
- 1940 – Zacharias Papantoniou, Greek writer (b. 1877)
- 1944 – Piet Mondriaan, Dutch painter (b. 1872)
- 1945 – Prince Kiril of Bulgaria (b. 1895)
- 1949 – Nicolae Dumitru Cocea, Romanian journalist, novelist, critic and left-wing political activist (b. 1880)
- 1949 – Herbert Stothart, American composer, song writer (b. 1885)
- 1954 – Yvonne de Bray, French actress (b. 1889)
- 1957 – Friedrich Paulus, German general (b. 1890)
- 1958 – Clinton Davisson, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
- 1959 – Madame Sul-Te-Wan, American actress (b. 1873)
- 1963 – Fleetwood Lindley, American witness (b. 1888)
- 1966 – Hedda Hopper, American actress and columnist (b. 1885)
- 1966 – Buster Keaton, American actor (b. 1895)
- 1968 – Jacob van der Hoeden, Dutch-Israeli scientist (b. 1891)
- 1970 – Alfréd Rényi, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1921)
- 1976 – Werner Heisenberg, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
- 1976 – George Whipple, American scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1878)
- 1979 – Abdi İpekçi, Turkish journalist (b. 1929)
- 1980 – Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
- 1981 – Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., American businessman (b. 1892)
- 1981 – Geirr Tveitt, Norwegian composer (b. 1908)
- 1986 – Alva Myrdal, Swedish politician, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
- 1987 – Alessandro Blasetti, Italian film director (b. 1900)
- 1988 – Heather O'Rourke, American actress (b. 1975)
- 1989 – Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918)
- 1991 – Carol Dempster, American actress (b. 1901)
- 1991 – Phil Watson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1914)
- 1992 – Jean Hamburger, French surgeon and essayist (b. 1909)
- 1995 – Richey James Edwards, lyricist and guitarist (Manic Street Preachers) (b. 1967)
- 1997 – Herb Caen, American columnist (b. 1916)
- 1999 – Paul Calvert, Canadian baseball pitcher (b. 1917)
- 1999 – Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (b. 1907)
- 1999 – Barış Manço, Turkish musician (b. 1943)
- 2001 – André D'Allemagne, Canadian political observer and essayist (b. 1929)
- 2002 – Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (b. 1925)
- 2003 – Michael P. Anderson, American astronaut (b. 1959)
- 2003 – David Brown, American astronaut (b. 1956)
- 2003 – Kalpana Chawla, American astronaut (b. 1961)
- 2003 – Laurel Clark, American astronaut (b. 1961)
- 2003 – Rick Husband, American astronaut (b. 1957)
- 2003 – Willie McCool, American astronaut (b. 1961)
- 2003 – Ilan Ramon, Israeli astronaut (b. 1954)
- 2003 – Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist and band leader (b. 1922)
- 2004 – May O'Donnell, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1909)
- 2005 – John Vernon, Canadian actor (b. 1932)
- 2006 – Dick Bass, American football player (b. 1937)
- 2006 – Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat (b. 1931)
- 2007 – Whitney Balliett, American jazz critic (b. 1926)
- 2007 – Ray Berres, American baseball player (b. 1907)
- 2007 – Ahmad Abu Laban, Danish Muslim leader (b. 1946)
- 2007 – Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-born composer (b. 1911)
- 2007 – Seri Wangnaitham, Thai choreographer (b. 1937)
- 2008 – Beto Carrero, Brazilian businessman and entertainer (b. 1937)
- 2010 – Justin Mentell, American artist and actor (b. 1982)
- 2011 – Les Stubbs, English fotballer (b. 1929)
- 2011 – Douglas Haig,(actor) (b. 1920)
- 2011 – Knut Risan, Norwegian actor (b. 1930)
- 2011 – Derek Rawcliffe,English clergyman and author (b. 1921)
- 2012 – Don Cornelius, American TV host (b. 1936)
- 2012 – Mike Kelley, American visual artist (b. 1954)
- 2012 – Wisława Szymborska, Polish poet, Nobel laureate (b. 1923)
Holidays and observances
- Air Force Day (Nicaragua)
- Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery (Mauritius)
- Christian Feast Day:
- Earliest day on which National Wear Red Day can fall, while February 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Friday in February (United States)
- Federal Territory Day (Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, Malaysia)
- Heroes Day (Rwanda)
- Imbolc (Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, and some Neopagan groups in the Northern hemisphere)
- Memorial Day of the Republic (Hungary)
- National Freedom Day (United States)
- The first day of Quebec Winter Festival, celebrated until February 17 (Quebec City)
- The start of Black History Month (United States and Canada)
- The start of LGBT History Month (United Kingdom)
- The start of National Bird-Feeding Month (United States)
Al Gore finds the media out of love with him on his book tour. Selling his TV station to oil-backed Al Jazeera (which bought the access Gore won through his political connections) seems to have woken many to his hypocrisy.
Wait until they start to check his record on climate change scaremongering.
Craig Thomson was a union official, purportedly representing workers.
He then became a Labor MP, purportedly representing workers.
So where does his lawyer get off with this nasty put-down of prison officers simply doing their job by conducting the standard strip search?:
These two goons put on rubber gloves, one stood in front of him, one stood behind him, and they said ‘take off your shirt’ ... He had to take all of his clothes off and stand naked in front of these two galoots…
Of course, since Thomson - former union official and Labor MP - is charged with ripping off union members, I should be less surprised (although he does protest his innocence).
Prison officers in NSW are represented by the Public Service Association of NSW. Will it speak in defence of its members who have been so publicly abused? Let’s hear from the PSA general secretary Anne Gardiner, a Greens member.
Nice line from Premier Barry O’Farrell, although I rather think further jibes at Thomson are best left unsaid:
“I think Mr Thomson and his lawyer need to calm down a bit - after all, the allegations surrounding Craig Thomson are that he was all too ready to take his clothes off in front of strangers in exchange for money.”
Not a line you’d expect, especially about a film starring our Hugh:
Odd, that this one line is all you need know about the film’s box office potential. Yet it got made.
Kevin Rudd noisily defends Julia Gillard over a conspiracy theory that - with this publicity - many others will be slower to dismiss:
KEVIN Rudd says he believes Julia Gillard knew nothing of Craig Thomson’s impending arrest when she nominated September 14 as the election date.The opposition has suggested Ms Gillard may have been tipped off by police, and sought to lock in the election date to hedge against the possibility of a by-election in Thomson’s seat of Dobell.“I don’t think that’s the case and I’d be highly surprised if anyone knew of the activities of the police in what they did with Craig Thomson yesterday,” he told Seven’s Sunrise program, as he returned to a regular slot on the network.
CABINET Minister Tony Burke was unceremoniously dumped from Seven’s Sunrise program by email yesterday afternoon to make way for Kevin Rudd’s return to the show that made him a political star.
Mr Rudd faced off against his old sparring partner Joe Hockey on Sunrise this morning after agreeing early last month to resume duties with the network.
Barack Obama sure picks them. First he lost his first pick for Secretary of State, thanks to Susan Rice’s bizarre attempts to explain away the Benghazi terrorist attack.
Now his pick for Defence Secretary, Chuck Hagel is in deep strife after a flustering performance during confirmation hearings:
Between withering attacks from former colleagues on his past positions on the Iraq war and Israel, Chuck Hagel, a Republican ex-senator, said he supported “containment” of Iran’s nuclear programme.Mr Obama rejects the Cold War-era doctrine, insisting the US will prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon. After being handed a note by an aide, Mr Hagel said he had misspoken, adding: “We don’t have a position on containment.” He was corrected by Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate armed service committee, who told him: “We do have a position on containment, which is we do not favour containment.”Mr Hagel also surpised the hearing by saying that Iran, led by an autocratic ayatollah, had “an elected, legitimate government, whether we agree or not”.He later retracted the word “legitimate” after the White House refused to agree with his description. Mr Hagel said he merely meant that Iran had been recognised by the UN and maintained diplomatic relations with many western countries.
Playing back to Hagel his comments about America being a bully was also excruciating:
Another whoopsie on Iran being “legitimate”:
This exchange on his former claim that the surge in Iraq would be the “most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam” was particularly damaging:
CNN reports that even Democrat senators were “very surprised” and “perplexed” by Hagel’s performance and “shocked” at how “ill-prepared” he seemed.
Mere money cannot change culture:
A STRATEGY to tackle child sex abuse in Aboriginal communities has failed despite the investment of tens of millions in taxpayer dollars over five years to address the problem, a scathing report by the NSW Ombudsman has found…
- Many Aboriginal communities may not be safe for children, and better government services are not the answer. The real problem is the culture, too often valorised.
- The Gillard Government’s royal commission into child sexual abuse in institutions seems too focused on rehashing abuses committed decades ago, often by men now dead or jailed, andseems set to ignore the worst abuse of children right now. Abuse in Aboriginal communities which we can still stop.
How dare that wicked Tony Abbott mention his family. The Guardian sniffs out evil:
DURING the speech Abbott also aired his credentials as a family man. “I want the best possible life for my three daughters, as we all do for our children. I want it to be easier for them than it was for (my wife) Margie to have a family and keep a career,” he said. The Prime Minister has no children and Abbott has been criticised for snide remarks about this.
Is the Guardian suggesting that having no children is shameful?
Or does it fear many voters may think a family man could understand their own situation better than the childless - and that those voters are morons who should be put back in their box?
Is Abbott never to mention or show his family between now and the election?
A LEADING figure within the ultra-orthodox Jewish movement that governs yeshiva colleges in Australia has ridiculed victims of sex abuse, likening the impact of child molestation to the “embarrassment” of diarrhoea and insisting victims are “not that damaged”.The comments by Rabbi Manis Friedman, a prominent New York-based leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, were condemned by Sydney Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia, as an attempt to “theologically trivialise” the impact of child sex abuse…In a video-taped interview posted on YouTube this week and since removed, Rabbi Friedman questions whether sexual abuse is a big averiah (sin) and why victims of abuse feel damaged. “You are not that damaged—cut it out,” he said. “If in fact you did do an averiah, so do two mitzvois (good deeds). Regain your balance.”Rabbi Friedman suggests abuse was endemic within the ultra-orthodox community, saying “there is hardly a kid who comes to a yeshiva, to a program, that hasn’t been molested”. In a lengthy and at times rambling interview, the rabbi recalls the case of an abuse victim who sought his advice on whether to tell his fiance about his experiences.“He said: ‘Do I have to tell that I was molested?’. I said: ‘Do you have to tell that you once had diarrhoea?’ It’s embarrassing but nobody’s business.”The rabbi also recalls a conversation he had with a girl who confided in him that she was molested when she was nine. “So? Nobody is allowed to touch you? What are you, holy?” he said. “I said to this girl . . . ‘Do you think you are the only one who was molested? Do you think your mother and grandmother back in Russia made it through their teenage years without being molested by a shegetz? Why are you so fragile?”Shegetz is a derogatory word for a non-Jewish man.
There is a kernel of an argument here which the full video makes clearer - that we too quickly treat the sexual abuse of children, which is unforgivable, as a catastrophe from which they cannot and should not be expected to recover. That we risk reducing such children for ever after to a permanent status of helpless, damaged victim, robbed of agency.
But that kernel of sense seems buried here in a callus of indifference. Some of the Rabbi’s comments seem to me heartless, likely to humiliate and silence a child in need of help, and likely to comfort her - or his - abuser. For this reason, I condemn them.
The Gillard Government’s carbon trading plans are in tatters after two developments in Europe overnight, leaving it staring at billions of dollars in Budget deficits.
First, the EU carbon trading scheme to which the Government linked Australia from 2015 has been rocked with fresh evidence of fraud:
Two board members at Deutsche Bank, including the lender’s co-chief executive, have been drawn into a police investigation into tax evasion related to the group’s carbon trading business...The investigation is centred on 25 of the bank’s staff, according to German prosecutors, and involves allegations of tax evasion, money laundering and obstruction of justice linked to carbon trading certificates.
But worse, the price for carbon credits has plunged again - to just $4.45 a tonne, a fraction of the current Australian price of $23.
European Union carbon permits had their biggest ever monthly drop as nations in the bloc may object to a regulatory plan to temporarily cut the volume of supply sold at auctions through 2015.Carbon permits for December declined 10 percent today to close at a record 3.42 euros .... The contract fell 49 percent this month...
This is a disaster for the Gillard Government, whose decision to set our own price at $23 a tonne looks even more reckless.
But also remember how Climate Change Minister Greg Combet hailed the agreement last year to link the Australian carbon scheme to Europe’s from 2015, when the carbon tax will turn into a price set by trading instead:
“Linking the Australian and European Union systems reaffirms that carbon markets are the prime vehicle for tackling climate change and the most efficient means of achieving emissions reductions.” Mr Combet said…“It is further evidence of strong international cooperation on climate change and will build further momentum towards establishing a robust international carbon market.”
And Combet gave this assurance:
Mr Combet repeated he was confident of the Treasury modelling, which predicts a $29 a tonne carbon price in 2015/16.He was asked if the government would face a budget shortfall, in contrast to the $9.4 billion of revenue it had predicted the floating price would generate in the 2015/16 budget.“It is three years away and the Treasury modelling is something that we stand by,” Mr Combet said.
Now Combet’s mendacious spin has been shattered. The European market is not “efficient” but possibly corrupt.
More seriously, the international price is virtually certain to be not $29 two years from now, but much, much less. The price will probably be so low that it will drive no move to green power.
It will also force the Government to slash its carbon tax compensation to consumers - or else rack up massive losses from funding handouts pegged at a $23 tonne tax through the sale of carbon allowances that must fall to worth, what, $10 to keep us competitive?
Under present rules, Australian companies can buy 50 per cent of carbon credits from overseas: 37.5?per cent can be from the European market and 12.5 per cent can be even cheaper international permits.
Take New Zealand’s:
Spot permits in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) fell 6.5 percent week-on-week to close Thursday at NZ$2.45 ($2.05), the lowest weekly closing price ever recorded as fresh supply continued to find its way to the market.
To summarise. The Government’s carbon price from 2015 is almost certain to be:
- higher on average than prices overseas.- too low to fund the current compensation to consumers, leaving the Budget short of billions of dollars.- too low to drive any big cut in emissions.
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Suspended Labor MP Craig Thomson is arrested and charged with the first of what police say will be 150 offences involving fraud. This is a man Labor spent $300,000 and huge political capital in defending.
TONY JONES: Did Tony Abbott go too far when he accused the Prime Minister of running a protection racket for Craig Thomson?…TONY JONES: Protection racket is a neatly chosen phrase though isn’t it? It has connotations of criminality, even Mafia-style behaviour. It wasn’t a slip of the tongue, was it?…TONY JONES: So political protector. You confine it to that, do you? Because protection racket could imply some form of criminality, some form of, for example, perverting the course of justice behind the scenes. There’s no allegation that the Prime Minister’s done anything like that or used her power in any way to change the course of the investigation, is there?…TONY JONES: Let’s get it straight what the allegation is. There’s no suggestion at all is there, or allegation that the Prime Minister used her power as Prime Minister inappropriately in any way to affect the investigations into Craig Thomson?…TONY JONES: Does the Coalition have any evidence at all the Prime Minister’s decision to lock in September 14 as the election date was in any way motivated by prior knowledge of what was about to happen to Craig Thomson, his arrest and being charged?…TONY JONES: ... are you at all concerned about the way Mr Thomson has been treated, about the circus around his arrest, the dragging in of television cameras along with five police to arrest him at home when surely they could have rung him up and asked him simply to present himself at the police station?…TONY JONES: Well his lawyer denies, I believe, that he was given a prior opportunity to present himself to the police and says this is some kind of colosseum-like circus that’s been constructed with a media alongside. Are you at all worried at all that that could in any way impair due process?
(Thanks to reader But of Course.)
ABC radio host Jon Faine opens his program today with this comment on the charging of Craig Thomson:
Despite the frenzy of many media colleagues, they are merely procedural matters.
Move along, folks. Nothing to see.
A more interesting and relevant question: is an MP facing court action from Fair Work Australia and another 150 charges laid by police in any position between now and the election to properly represent his constituents? Should he not resign?
Craig Thomson was stripped naked and searched by court officers on the NSW Central Coast in an attempt to intimidate him, the embattled federal MP’s lawyer says…‘‘These two goons put on rubber gloves, one stood in front of him, one stood behind him, and they said ‘take off your shirt’,’’ [Chris] McArdle told Network Ten…Mr McArdle described the treatment of his client as ‘‘absolutely extraordinary intimidation of an innocent man’’.Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said that strip searches were a standard procedure for people coming into custody and that there were no reports of any use of force against Mr Thomson.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s Mark Kenny starts his report:
The surprise arrest of beleaguered former Labor MP Craig Thomson...
Er, a surprise to whom?
A partial backdown from a shameful and sinister assault on our free speech by people mad with power and self-importance:
ATTORNEY-General Nicola Roxon has admitted her proposed anti-discrimination laws were poorly drafted, confirming the government has dropped controversial provisions that would have prohibited offensive conduct.
Roxon has announced that the phrase “offends, insults or intimidates” may be removed from the definition of discrimination under the exposure draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012.But these changes don’t come close to going far enough…It’s worth noting is that no changes have been proposed regarding the reverse burden of proof under the draft Bill. In practical terms, a complainant need only make out the barest case – a prima facie case. This is the test courts usually employ to determine whether a claim should be dismissed before it is even heard. But under the draft Bill, the prima facie test is all the complainant needs to prove. The burden is then placed on the defendant to show that he is innocent of wrongdoing…Even if the “offends, insults or intimidates” clause is removed, the definition of discrimination would still include the word “harassing,” which is ambiguous enough to allow judicial interpretations that would infringe free speech.
The government has dug itself in on these laws for too long – obviously unwilling to admit that the “offends or insults” test is too onerous because that would mean admitting by extension that Bolt was convicted under laws that were too restrictive. Back in 2011, government MPs and ministers lined up to condemn Bolt and endorse his conviction. So, blinded by their antipathy towards the popular conservative commentator, they have been sticking stubbornly to their proposed new laws despite widespread opposition and a range of eminent experts arguing that they will stifle free speech.Sadly, however, Ms Roxon says the government’s changes will only drop the “offends or insults” test from the other areas of anti-discrimination laws, such as age, gender and disability, and keep it in place for racial vilification. This is wrong-headed. The test for discriminatory language should be the same, in law, across all areas of discrimination. That is supposed to be the very purpose of this consolidation of the law.We can presume that the only reason the government doesn’t want to extend this sensible change to all areas of discrimination, is because it does not want to admit that Bolt was convicted under unreasonable laws – that Bolt was right.
Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis says Roxon’s planned laws against free speech remain outrageous - starting with reversing the onus of proof:
Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis says Roxon’s planned laws against free speech remain outrageous - starting with reversing the onus of proof:
Under clause 124 of the proposed bill, once a complainant establishes a prima facie case, then the onus of proof lies on the respondent to prove that he did not engage in the impugned conduct for a proscribed reason or purpose: “ ... it is to be presumed in the proceedings that the alleged reason or purpose is the reason or purpose (or one of the reasons or purposes) why or for which the other person engaged, or proposed to engage, in the conduct, unless the contrary is proved”.That is invariably the key issue in cases of this kind; to reverse the onus of proof on that question is to put the respondent in an “innocent until proven guilty” position.As well, under clause 8, the offending reason or purpose need not be the sole or even the predominant reason or purpose. It need only be one among several (otherwise innocent) reasons or purposes…While the Attorney-General may be about to beat a tactical retreat on clause 19(2) [which extends the law to conduct which “offends, insults or intimidates"], the same words are repeated elsewhere in the bill, in the re-enactment of the infamous section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act ...This would continue to prohibit conduct which “is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people”.This was, of course, the provision by which Andrew Bolt’s right of free speech was notoriously abridged…... the draft bill [also] makes the reach of anti-discrimination law much more invasive by expanding the categories of “protected attributes” and the “areas of public life” to which its provisions apply.Thus, the legislation provides for not only the existing and familiar grounds of protection from unfair discrimination such as race, gender and marital status; it includes vague new grounds such as political opinion and social origin.
JULIA Gillard’s strategy of announcing the election date seven months early was exposed twice yesterday by events that showed why it wasn’t a good idea.The first was that Tony Abbott was able to present his speech to the National Press Club with all of the ceremony and atmosphere of an election campaign launch, which galvanised his presentation and tone as the alternative prime minister…The second blow was the arrest of former Labor MP Craig Thomson on fraud charges…Gillard’s second day of Australia’s longest election campaign was spent arguing that it really wasn’t a campaign and refusing to comment about Thomson’s arrest. It’s hard to appear as a working prime minister putting pressure on the opposition, even if you are in a disaster zone, if you have to fend off questions about your political judgment and the arrest of your former colleague.Yet that was the whole point of ceding the advantage of announcing the election date: regain political momentum, focus on being in control and put pressure on Abbott to come up with detailed and costed promises.
Shanahan is a bit unfair on the second point. The Thomson scandal is not a product of the election announcement and would have been a massive embarrassment for Gillard in any event - and may well remain so all the way to election day. And there are still 225 days to go…
But on the first point he is clearly correct. Abbott looked pretty good, thanks in part to Gillard.
But the real problem for Gillard in this latest decision is that it is part of a pattern where she has been dismissive of processes, conveniently stretched precedent to suit herself, left ministers out to dry publicly, faced caucus revolts and dismally failed to implement unilateral decisions.
In late 2011, Gillard argued in cabinet against a recommendation to open offshore processing of asylum-seekers on Nauru, and then 12 months later announced offshore processing on Nauru; up to April last year, Gillard stood by former Labor MP Craig Thomson and former Speaker Peter Slipper, until overnight deciding a “line had been crossed”; Bill Shorten was told to argue publicly against a royal commission into child sexual abuse just before Gillard announced there would a royal commission; Gillard unilaterally insisted cabinet back a vote against Palestine in the UN, only to back down the next day in the face of a backbench revolt; after three years of insisting there would be a budget surplus as part of sound economic management, Gillard and Wayne Swan have conceded it is unlikely; and there is now Labor outrage in the Northern Territory over dumping long-term senator Trish Crossin and putting up Nova Peris, who wasn’t even a member of the ALP, as a Senate candidate.
All of these failures have been accompanied by comprehensive revelations of cabinet splits, challenges to the Prime Minister’s authority, descriptions of her judgments as “crazy” or “insane”, and complaints that she is not consulting her colleagues.
Gillard’s decision has bought her time and pushed the election back beyond the three years by an extra 3 1/2 weeks. She has narrowly extended her term and given herself the maximum time to defeat the Coalition.
She has also avoided looking indecisive as the year progressed, if she prevaricated and looked as if she was afraid to go to the polls. By July (the third anniversary of her calling the last election) the Coalition head-kickers would have been baying that she was scared to go to the people. It would not have been a good look.
But this caveat:
Her unorthodox decision to announce an election date more than seven months away appears bold and authoritative, but an announcement at the National Press Club is not legally or constitutionally binding. It is her present intention to go to September 14, but things can change.
One man presents science on the ABC. The other is a senior minister in the government that’s imposed the carbon tax.
You would expect both not to be so ignorant about the very basic data on global warming:
In the foolish hope that these two men may reconsider their opinions after consulting the evidence, here is data from the British Met showing no statistically significant warming for 16 years:
An admission from the godfather of global warming, NASA’s James Hansen:
The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade, which we interpret as a combination of natural variability and a slow down in the growth rate of net climate forcing.
“The data confirms the existence of a ‘pause’ in the warming,” confirmed Professor Judith Curry, chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
There has been no warming since 1997 and no statistically significant warming since 1995.
Yet more (almost) confirmation, this time from global warming evangelist Phil Jones, of the Climatic Research Unit of Climategate notoriety, who jiggles the dates to produce a still-statistically insignificant trend:
I also calculated the trend for the period 1995 to 2009. This trend (0.12C per decade) is positive, but not significant at the 95% significance level.
Do Dr Karl and Emerson truly dispute this evidence? Are they so in denial?
PS: an apology would be nice.
Other data sets - some with controversial adjustments - dispute there have been 16 years of no warming. But Professor Ole Humlum has normalised and superimposed all five global monthly temperature estimates and produced a simple running 37 month mean of the average of all five temperature records. The result - more than a decade of no warming:
Other data sets - some with controversial adjustments - dispute there have been 16 years of no warming. But Professor Ole Humlum has normalised and superimposed all five global monthly temperature estimates and produced a simple running 37 month mean of the average of all five temperature records. The result - more than a decade of no warming:
Plotting a trend from 1997 would produce a trend line showing no statistically significant warming.
None of this is to say the world did not warm last century and will not resume warming at some stage. The point is that the world over the past 16 years has not warmed as climate models and warmist scientists predicted.
How could a Minister of the Gillard Government not know any of this after foisting a carbon tax on us to help “stop” global warming? He should be told.
(Thanks to readers Stephen and Janama.)
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The australian people will be winners of the next election .. but not before ..
Jesus took your beating at the cross so that you can receive the abundance of His blessings today (Isa 53:5).
This is a mosque in Iran..the yellow banner hanging in the background reads..."Death to Israel"......I have never in my life seen a house of prayer say death to a people....
We all witnessed a horrible performance by Senator Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing today. It would be best if Hagel withdrew himself and saved the Administration further embarrassment. Now, if the president were to ask me whom he should nominate, my recommendation would be Former Under Secretary of Defense, Michele Flournoy. She thoroughly impressed me with her competence and directness during several hearings before the HASC. I believe she would put good policy before politics and not be just an administration puppet. Now Hon. Under Secretary Flournoy, don't go and mess up my endorsement!
French sculptor Bruno Catalano is intriguing! I saw his work yesterday in Singapore. His bronze travelers figures lack mid-sections, and seem to be suspended in mid air. The lack of midsection represents Bruno Catalano's invitation to viewers to simply fill in the blanks. — in Singapore, Singapore.
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..."God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." —1Pe 5:5
Though already anointed as king over Israel, David went to the battlefield to deliver bread and cheese to his brothers at the command of his father, Jesse. As a result of his submission to his father’s instructions, David found himself to be at the right place at the right time, slaying Goliath in the valley of Elah.
Beloved, when we humble ourselves and submit to the authorities that God has placed over us, we will find ourselves like David, at the right place at the right time, doing great and mighty exploits for God!
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The Obama administration, the most corrupt Administration in recent history, is now donating money to journalist associations so they can setup trainings for journalists to learn how to report on Obamacare. Hit the share button so others can see this and comment below!http://www.breitbart.com/
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Day 20 | I will miss you.
It's moment like this that touches my heart very deeply.
It's Tyler's interview day today. I dressed him like a little man. Alannah and I walked with him into the school yard and Alannah said " I'm going to miss you Taiyah". As Tyler disappeared with his teacher into the classroom, I turned and walked away. As I didn't feel Alannah presence next to me, I turned around to look for her. I saw her. She stood there, tippie toe trying to catch a glimpse of her brother. My heart hurts. So much.
Tyler's interview went well. His teacher said she will be so lucky to have him in her class as he is so lovely and she even complimented how handsome he looks :)
I love this piece of song art I made yesterday for a song I'm working on. Had to share it before I uploaded it with the song (which isn't finished!). ;) I'm not singing right now due to a throat problem that the oral surgeon told me will take 10 - 14 days to heal. Sigh. Making more visual art instead. ;)
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With a 7 and a half month election called and a MP arrest, the past few days have been certainly been eventful and have illustrated this Governments inability to put the Australian people first. With both Houses sitting for the first time in 2013 next week, I am looking forward to fighting for my the residents in Dickson and holding the Government to account.
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Whilst there were some interesting things happening in Dobell this afternoon, I was meeting with primary producers/retailers Nicky and Wade. Since the introduction of the carbon tax, Nicky and Wade have seen a significant increase in their operating costs. The Liberal Coalition Government has a positive plan to deliver a strong and prosperous economy and a safe and secure Australia, including abolishing the carbon tax.
Stories from Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt
A group portrait of members of the 52nd Battalion.
We know one of the men in this photo, Sergeant John Alexander Spence, who is sitting in the centre of the front row. Sgt Spence was a labourer from Fremantle in Western Australia and had previously served in the Australian Navy. He enlisted in August 1915 originally with the 12th Battalion but they were transferred to the newly formed 52nd Battalion in March 1916. This photo was taken almost nine months later when the unit was stationed in Vignacourt for two weeks.
Spence was quickly promoted to Sergeant not long after his arrival on the Western Front, following a battle at Mouquet Farm. In August 1917 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty during the battle. He led his men ‘with great courage’ to capture two enemy field guns. He was again recognised for being an outstanding soldier in April 1918 when he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery for his actions in the front lines at Dernancourt.
It was only a few days after he was awarded the medal that he suffered a severe wound to his thigh from a shell burst. The wound was bad enough to send him to hospital in England and then on home to Australia. He never returned to the Western Front.
Sgt John Alexander Spence also appears in these other photos from the Thuillier collection:
The monkey in the photo is believed to be the 8th Field Ambulance unit mascot, ‘Jenny’. The 8th Field Ambulance were in Vignacourt at the same time as the 52nd Battalion. Jenny succumbed to the harsh cold of the Somme winter only a few weeks after this photo was taken.
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The top 3 contenders on Israel's MasterChef reality show.
First place went to Tom (Centre) a German-born convert to Judaism. Second place went to Salma Fayoumi, a Muslim Arab woman. Third place went to Jackie Azoulay, an Orthodox Jewish woman.
Gotta love the diversity in Israel!
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