Jan. 31: Jackie Robinso...

  Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947; also broke lots of tackles as seen in this footage from his college football-playing days at UCLA. Other Jan. 31 birthdays: Carol Channing, 94: underwent multiple breast jobs to prepare for her role in “Hello,...

Jan. 30: Franklin D. Ro...

  Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945): 32nd president, three-time White House wheelchair basketball champion. Other Jan. 30 birthdays: Gene Hackman, 85: actor, won Oscar playing a guy who got syphilis from a Parisian hooker in “The French Infection.” Vanessa Redgrave, 78: actress,...

Hibernate: Winter survi...

Could be just my imagination — a possible bipolar hallucination — but it seems like as I get older, winter keeps getting colder. Single-digit temperatures. The ever-present fear of frozen pipes, frostbite and flu. Wild wind-chill factors whipping raw ice molecules right up into your...

Jan. 29: William McKinl...

William McKinley (1843-1901), only U.S. president to die of gangrene, approximately eight days after being shot by alleged anarchist Leon Czolgosz. In a historic case of swift justice, his assassin was electrocuted just six weeks after McKinley fell dead. Other Jan. 29 birthdays: Thomas...

Jan. 28: Jackson Polloc...

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), legendary American artist known for his motto: “Paint fast, die young and leave some good-looking canvases.” A leader of the abstract expressionist movement known for his unique style, some paint he dripped and slapped onto a canvas in 1948 (“Number 19”)...

Romney rebuts robot all...

By John Breneman Mitt Romney pulled the plug on a third presidential run today, dogged by past allegations that he is, in fact, a robotic humanoid with Teflon hair manufactured in China by the Koch brothers. According to top-secret documents: The strapping, anatomically correct Romney is...

Jan. 27: Mikhail Barysh...

Mikhail Baryshnikov, 67: ballet superstar, six-time league MVP for the Pittsburgh Pirouetters. Other Jan. 27 birthdays: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): composer, best known for operas “The Marriage of Figaro” and his stormy followup “The Messy Divorce of Figaro.” This Day in...

Jan. 26: Douglas MacArt...

Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964): U.S. military general, uttered the fame words “I shall return” before going to the bathroom at a bar in the Philippines. Other Jan. 26 birthdays: Paul Newman (1925-2008): actor, lost to a pool-playing chimp in “The Color of Monkey,” ate too many...