TODAY MARKS THE 200th ANNIVERSARY OF
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE BY GIOACHINO ROSSINI.
AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*With growing concern about the Zika Virus, the first confirmed case has been reported in South Africa.
*Bosnia and Herzegovina have applied to join the European Union.
*As part of an ongoing renewal of diplomatic relations, the United States and Cuba have agreed to resume commercial air traffic between the two countries. US President Barack Obama has announced he hopes to visit the country in March.
TERRIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES...
*Bombs, sucidal and otherwise, still seem to be terrorists current weapon du jour.
*Author Umberto Eco (The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum) has passed away.
*Actor George Gaynes (The Police Academy franchise, Punky Brewster, Tootsie) has taken his last bow on life's stage.
*Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away.
*Former United Nations' Secretary General Boutros-Boutros-Ghali is no longer with us.
*Author Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman, which was actually Mockingbird's FIRST draft) has passed away.
*Singer/actress Vanity ("Nasty Girl", The Last Dragon) has taken her final bow on life's stage.
*Angela Raiola, aka "Big Ang" (Mob Wives) has passed away.
*Actor Johnny Duncan (1949's Batman and Robin, The Caine Mutiny, Spartacus) has taken his last bow on life's stage.
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
eligible" to do so.
*An Illinois judge will soon decide whether or not they are qualified to decide whether or not Republican hopeful Ted Cruz is eligible to run for President. Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta CANADA of a Cuban father and an American mother.
*As part of an ongoing renewal of diplomatic relations, the United States and Cuba have agreed to resume commercial air traffic between the two countries. President Obama has announced he hopes to visit the country in March.
*Despite what Texas state and local laws allow, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will NOT permit any open or concealed carry firearms at their events!
*Amongst the 2016 Grammy winners are Ed Sheeran for Song of the Year ("Thinking Out Loud"), Taylor Swift's 1989 for Album of the Year, former US President Jimmy Carter for Best Spoken Word (Full Life: Reflections at 90) and "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars for Record of the Year.
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