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Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

What a time May 31, 1859, was. On that day, the fa­mous clock known as Big Ben rung out for the first time over the Houses of Par­lia­ment in West­min­ster, Lon­don.

The name “Big Ben” orig­i­nally just ap­plied to the bell but later came to re­fer to the clock it­self. The name is be­lieved to come from ei­ther Sir Ben­jamin Hall, the Lon­don com­mis­sioner of works at the time, or heavy­weight boxer Ben­jamin Caunt, also the largest of his kind.

The woman who fa­mously sang “Happy Birth­day, Mr. Pres­i­dent” had a birth­day her­self June 1, 1926.

Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, bap­tized Norma Jeane Baker, was born in Los An­ge­les. She be­came known for such movies as “Gen­tle­man Pre­fer Blondes,” “How to Marry a Mil­lion­aire” and “Some Like It Hot.” She was also no­tably mar­ried to base­ball great Joe DiMag­gio and, later, play­wright Arthur Miller.

Speak­ing of movies, on June 2, 1989, the boys’ prep school drama “Dead Po­ets So­ci­ety” (star­ring Robin Wil­liams and par­tially filmed in nearby Delaware) was re­leased.

The film earned Wil­liams an Academy Award nom­i­na­tion for Best Ac­tor, one of four nom­i­na­tions the film would re­ceive, in­clud­ing Best Di­rec­tor and Best Picture. The movie won for Best Orig­i­nal Screen­play. Wil­liams played John Keat­ing, a charis­matic English teacher who en­cour­ages his stu­dents to em­brace life pas­sion­ately a la the great po­ets.

So go out there and seize the day!

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