U.S. HISTORY ~ FIRST SECRETARY OF STATE ON THIS DATE IN 1790

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U.S. President George Washington (far left) sits with members of his Cabinet who were appointed in 1789 and 1790. The members are (left to right) Secretary of War Henry Knox, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, and Attorney General Edmund Randolph.

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IT’S KURT RUSSELL’S BIRTHDAY ~ 60 TODAY

 
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Kurt Russell’s first acting roles were as a child in television such as the lead role in  
the western series The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (1963–1964). In the 1970s he signed a ten-year contract with the Walt Disney company, where he became the
studio’s top star of the ’70s. In 1979, Russell was nominated for an Emmy Award for
the made-for-television film Elvis. In 1983, he was nominated for a Golden Globe
Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for  
his performance in the 1984 film, Silkwood. During the 1980s, Russell was cast in  
several films by director John Carpenterin the futuristic action film Escape From New York, the horror film The Thing (1982), and the dark comedy/action film Big Trouble in Little China (1986). In 1994, he had a starring role in the military/science fiction film Stargate.

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Kurt Russell with his father Bing Russell (left)  who was a character
actor best-known for playing Deputy Clem Foster on Bonanza. Bing
was also the owner of the Portland Mavericks Baseball Club, a minor
league team that began play in the Class A Northwest League in 
1973 after the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast league moved 
to Spokane, Washington.

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Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley

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Kurt Russell with co-stars ,left to right, Meryl Streep and Cher

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Kurt as U.S. Marshall Wyatt Earp in TOMBSTONE (1993)

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STAR TREK STAR ~ BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1920

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James Montgomery "Jimmy" Doohan was an Irish-Canadian character and voice
actor best known for his role as Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in
the TV and film series Star Trek. Following his success with Star Trek, he
supplemented his income and showed continued support for his fans by
making numerous public appearances. On July 20, 2005, Doohan died
at his home in Redmond, Washington. He was 85. 

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                    beam me up scotty

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WASHINGTON MONUMENT DEDICATED ON THIS DATE IN 1885

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The Washington Monument (above) is a pillar located near the west end of the
National mall in Washington, D.C. It was built to commemorate the first U.S.
president, George Washington. It is made of marble, granite, and sandstone
and is the world’s tallest stone structure, standing 555 feet 5⅛ inches.There
are taller monumental columns, but they are not all stone.

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The Washington Monument under construction around 1860

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The Washington Monument was dedicated on a wintry day before George
Washington’s birthday.The celebration, shown above, lasted into the night,
and ended with the first fireworks display to be held on the grounds. The
monument would not open to the public for another three years,however,
to allow for the completion of the interior stairwell and elevator.

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Arial view of the Washington Monument

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PORTLAND’S MATT GROENING IS 57 TODAY

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Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening, cartoonist, screenwriter and producer was
born in Portland, Oregon, the middle of five children. He attended Ainsworth
Elementary School and Lincoln High School. From 1972 to 1977, Groening
attended Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington. Groening is the
creator of the comic strip Life in Hell as well as two successful television
series, The Simpsons and Futurama. Groening has won 11 Primetime
Emmy Awards, ten for The Simpsons and one for Futurama.

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