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So what should we toast today? It’s a tough one. In 1737, John Hancock, the first man to sign the American Declaration of independence was born. His signature has gone on to become one of the most famous in American History and gave rise to a great Chris Farley bit in the movie Tommy Boy (“It’s Herbie Hancock. Duh!”) Some historians believe the first English parliament formally convened on this day in 1265. Consequently, on January 24th, 1265, those same historians believe the first case of political gridlock was reported. In 1789, Georgetown University in Washington D.C. was founded. In…

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January 22nd marks the 226th birthday of one George Gordon Byron, better known to literature buffs and overly dramatic high school teachers with over-inflated senses of self-worth everywhere as the poet and writer, Lord Byron. During his lifetime, Lord Byron wrote prolifically. So prolifically, in fact, that when his publisher re-published his life works in 1832, 3 years after his death, it took up FOURTEEN BOOKS to print it all. In his life, he was a mega-celebrity, with his wife actually coining the term “Byromania.” If my name worked that well with “mania,” I would hope it would become a…

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