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In History, 08-04

Today in…

1693, Benedictine monk Dom Perignon is said to have invented champagne. I wonder what he did to celebrate.

1753, George Washington became a Master Mason, a fact conveniently overlooked by those who wish to portray all of our founding fathers as devout Christians.

1901, Louie Armstrong was born in New Orleans, LA

1929, Yasser Arafat was born in Jerusalem – or so he claimed. His birth certificate states that he was born on August 24th, in Cairo. In 1994, after leading the most infamous terrorist organization ever for twenty-five years, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, proving that some Norwegians really are as stupid as Ole and Sven in the jokes we tell. In honor of Yasser Arafat on his birthday, let us all chant the now-ubiquitous slogan, “Islam is a religion of peace.”

2005-08-04 at 8:00 AM MT | |