Feb. 16: Kim Jong-il


bd-jong-ilKim Jong-il (1941-2011): former “supreme leader” of North Korea, best known for his signature 18-inch platform shoes and pompadour hairdo; regarded as part immortal by his subjects, he claimed to have invented the hyperbaric chamber, Kentucky Fried Chicken and parts of the Internet. A seventh-degree black belt in golf, he reported hitting 11 holes-in-one the first time he played.

This video shows a news report speculating that his funeral in 2011 was attended by a mysterious “giant.”

Other Feb. 16 birthdays:

Edgar Bergen (1903-1978): ventriloquist, played a key role in the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings investigating communism with his longtime dummy Charlie McCarthy.

Sonny Bono (1935-1998): starred on “Sonny & Cher” TV show before becoming a U.S. congressman then dying at age 53 by slamming into a tree while skiing.

LeVar Burton, 58: actor, played Lt. Kunta Kinte, a former slave who escaped onto a spaceship in “Star Trek: The Roots Generation.”

Ice-T, 57: actor-rapper, found fame and controversy with his 1992 song “Cop Killer” before becoming a TV cop on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”

This Day in Revisionist History:

On this day in 1959, Fidel Castro overthrew Cuban President Batista, who was found in a ditch outside Havana with first-degree cigar burns over 60 percent of his body.

On this day in 1804, a U.S. fleet raided Tripoli Harbor in direct violation of the harbor’s strict “Make No Wake” policy.

On this day in 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was founded by a guy who had been kicked out of a rival club called the Benevolent and Protective Order of Sea Monkeys.

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