Feb. 7: Charles Dickens


bd-dickens-charlesCharles Dickens (1812-1870): author, best known for his novel about boozing in London and Paris, “Cocktail of Two Cities.”

Other Feb. 7 birthdays:

Eubie Blake (1883-1983): piano wizard whose popular songs included “I’m Just Wild About Harry Potter.”

Chris Rock, 50: stand-up comedy superstar whose greatest movie success is playing a zebra in animated “Madagascar” movies.

Ashton Kutcher, 37: actor, played a dim-witted young John Quincy Adams in “That 1770s Show.”

This Day in Revisionist History:

On this day in 1839, Sen. Henry Clay of Kentucky declared “I had rather be right than president,” thus insuring his defeat in the race for the White House in 1840.

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