In 1905, Sinn Fein was formed by Arthur Griffith, with the goal of independence for all of Ireland. In 1925, The Grand Ole Opry debuted as the WSM Barn Dance. In 1975, Timor-Leste declared its independence. In 1995, Bill Clinton signed legislation repealing the federal 55-mph speed limit.
William Blake (1757-1827), poet/artist/philosopher; Friedrich Engels (1820-95), social philosopher; Claude Levi-Strauss (1908-2009), social anthropologist; Berry Gordy (1929- ), Motown Records founder; Randy Newman (1943- ), composer; Paul Shaffer (1949- ), bandleader; Ed Harris (1950- ), actor; Jon Stewart (1962- ), TV personality; Trey Songz (1984- ), singer
In 1979, Billy Smith of the New York Islanders became the first goalie in NHL history to be credited with a goal. After an opposing player mistakenly hit the puck into his own team's net, Smith was awarded the goal as the last Islander to touch the puck.
Songwriter Randy Newman was nominated for an Academy Award a record 15 times without winning before finally getting an Oscar for the original song "If I Didn't Have You" from Monsters, Inc. in 2002.
"Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing." – Claude Levi-Strauss
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