The Jesuits received their charter from Pope Paul III in 1540. The Stockton-Darlington Railway began the world's first locomotive-hauled passenger service in 1825. A Southern Railway mail train called Old 97 jumped the track in 1903, providing the inspiration for this:
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(Of course, Hank's version wasn't a patch on my grandfather's, but no one ever recorded his.)
Born today: Cosimo di Medici (1389-1464), Dith Pran (1942-2008) and Meat Loaf (1947).
Yom Kippur begins at sundown.