Birthdays are in a minor key today.
Born in 1755, Gilbert Stuart was the portrait painter whose work you see every day:
I am just beginning Ron Chernow's new biography of Washington. Chernow is one of the best biographers going, the author of Alexander Hamilton, Titan (about John D. Rockefeller), and The House of Morgan (about J.P. Morgan and the investment bank he founded).
It is also idiot rocker Ozzy Osbourne's birthday,born in 1948, but I have my standards.
Good grief. What would Gibbon have to say about this sort of thing as evidence of Decline and Fall?