SCOTTY's QUOTES OF THE DAY    ..     - 1 -     "The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind"     - Humphrey Bogart     - 2 -     "An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.     A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves"     - Bill Vaughan             .. ..          PADDY's BEER OF THE DAY    ..     Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale,   brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing.     It is an American IPA with an ABV of 6.8%.         .. ..          LILLY's WINES OF THE DAY    ..     - 1 -     Salon blanc de blancs.     It is a Champagne from Champagne, France,   priced at approximately $350 per bottle.         - 2 (A little easier on the wallet) -     Gosset NV Brut Excellence.   It is a Champagne priced at approximately $40 per bottle.         .. ..          FAMOUS BIRTHS ON DECEMBER 31st    ..     695 Muhammad bin Qasim, Syrian general (d. 715)         1378 Callistus III, (Alfonso the Borja), Pope (1455-58) (d. 1458)         1491 Jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557)         1514 Andreas Vesalius, Belgian anatomist (Fabrica) (d. 1564)         1540 Silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal, theologist (Tre libri)         1552 Simon Forman, English occultist and astrologer (d. 1611)         1572 Emperor Go-Yōzei of Japan, (d. 1617)         1585 Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, Spanish military leader, 24th Governor of the Duchy of Milan (d. 1645)         1668 Herman Boerhaave, Dutch physician, botanist (d. 1738)         1704 Carl Gotthelf Gerlach, German organist (d. 1761)         1720 Charles Edward Stuart, Italian husband of Princess Louise of Stolberg-Gedern (d. 1788)         1724 Franz Joseph Oehlschlagel, composer         1738 Charles Cornwallis, First Marquess Cornwallis, English general "fire when ready Gridley", 3rd Governor-General of India (d. 1805)         1741 Gottfried August Bürger, German poet d.(1794)         1741 Isabella Maria, Princess of Parma, wife of future Holy Roman emperor (d. 1763)         1763 Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, French admiral (d. 1806)         1776 Johann Spurzheim, German physician (d. 1832)         1799 Thomas Taglichsbeck, composer         1805 Marie d' Flavigny Agoult (Daniel Stern), French author (Knife) (d. 1876)         1815 George Gordon Meade, American Major General (Union Army) (d. 1872)         1818 Maria J Small-Gartmann, actress         1825 Francis Trowbridge Sherman, Brigadeer General (Union volunteers) (d. 1905)         1826 Henry Hiles, composer         1830 Alexander Smith, Scottish poet (d. 1867)         1830 Isma'il Pasha, Egyptian politician, Kedive of Egypt (1863-79) (d. 1895)         1838 Emile Loubet, premier, president of France (1892, 1899-1906)         1846 Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, Dutch anarchist (Right for all)         1846 Richard Kleinmichel, composer         1851 Henry Carter Adams, American economist (d. 1921)         1855 Giovanni Pascoli, Italian classicist poet (d. 1912)         1857 King Kelly, American baseball player (d. 1894)         1859 Max Fiedler, composer         1860 Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist, co-founder (Texaco) (d. 1937)         1863 Alfredo Panzini, Italian author (Dizionario Moderno)         1864 Robert Grant Aitken, American astronomer (Binary Stars) (d. 1951)         1869 Henri Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Nord, French impressionist painter (Odalisque) (d. 1954)         1870 Thomas Connolly, MLB baseball umpire for 50 years         1874 Ernest Austin, composer         1877 Lawrence Beesley, English journalist and author (d. 1967)         1878 Elizabeth Arden, Canadian businesswoman, founder (Elizabeth Arden, Inc.) (d. 1966)         1878 Horacio Quiroga, Uruguayan-Argentinian author, poet (El Crimen del Otro), and playwright (d. 1937)         1880 Fred Beebe, American baseball player (d. 1957)         1880 George Marshall, American general and politician (Marshall Plan), 50th United States Secretary of State (Nobel Prize laureate 1953) (d. 1959)         1881 Colin G Fink, American chemist (electro chemistry)         1881 Jacob Israel de Haan, Dutch poet, writer (Pipelines, Jewish Song)         1881 Max Pechstein, German "entartet" painter, graphic artist (The Bridge) (d. 1955)         1882 Ben Jones, American horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway)         1882 David Cohen, Dutch historian, chairman (Jewish Council)         1882 Martin O'Meara, Irish-Australian soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1935)         1884 Bobby Byrne, American baseball player (d. 1964)         1885 Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1970)         1892 Jason Robards Sr, American actor (Acapulco)         1893 J M Blankenberg, South African cricketer         1893 Max Lamberty, Flemish sociologist, author (Flemish Resurrection)         1894 Ernest John Moeran, British composer         1894 Pola Negri (Barbara A Chalupiec), Polish-American actress (Madame Dubarry)         1896 Ronald Adam, English actor (Phantom Shot)         1897 Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart)         1899 Gaston Glass, Paris France, film executive         1899 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican composer (Sensemaya), conductor, and violinist (d. 1940)           ..     ..   1901 Júlia Báthory, Hungarian designer(d. 2000)         1901 Nikos Ploumpidis, Greek activist (d. 1954)         1902 Lionel Daunais, Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 1982)         1904 Chuck Gardiner, English NHL goalie (Vezina winner)         1904 Nathan Milstein, Russian concert violinist (Phila Orch 1942)         1904 Umm Kulthum, Egyptian singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1975)         1905 Guy Mollet, French socialist premier (1956-57)         1905 Jule Styne, English-American composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony) (d. 1994)         1905 Tadeusz Breza, writer         1906 Erna Bogen, Hungarian foils (Olympic-bronze-1932)         1908 Marko Rothmuller, composer         1908 Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian Holocaust survivor, nazi hunter (Wiesenthal Center) (d. 2005)         1909 Jonah Jones, American trumpet player (d. 2000)         1910 Carl Dudley, American director and producer (d. 1973)         1910 Dick Kollmar, American actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What)         1910 Roy Rowland, film director         1911 Dal Stivens, Australian author (d. 1997)         1912 John Frost, Indian-English Major General (d. 1993)         1914 Pat Brady, American actor (Roy Rodgers Show)         1915 Sam Ragan, American journalist, author, and poet (d. 1996)         1916 Suzy Delair, French actress (Utopia, White Paws)         1917 Wilfrid Noyce, English mountaineer (d. 1962)         1918 Virginia Davis, American actress (d. 2009)         1919 Tommy Byrne, American baseball player (d. 2007)         1920 Rex Allen, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1999)         1921 Lynn Compton, American jurist (Sirhan Sirhan prosecutor) and commissioned officer (Easy Company, 101st Airborne) (d. 2012)         1922 Joan McCracken, American actress (Claudie Story of a Marriage)         1922 Rex Allen, American cowboy singer (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor)         1924 Taylor Mead, American actor         1924 Victoria Draves, American platform, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1948)         1926 Billy Snedden, Australian politician (d. 1987)         1927 Dieter Noll, writer         1928 Amarillo Slim (Thomas Preston), American hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event) (d. 2012)         1928 Hugh McElhenny, NFL halfback (SF, Minnesota, Giants, Detroit)         1928 Ross Barbour, American singer (4 Freshmen)         1928 Siné, French cartoonist         1928 Veijo Meri, writer         1929 Mies Bouman, Dutch television hostess (Open the Village)         1929 Peter Barker Howard, cricketer         1929 Peter May, English cricketer         1929 Sidney Greenbaum, grammarian         1930 Ala Odetta (Odetta Holmes), American singer-songwriter (Sanctuary), guitarist, and actress (d. 2008)         1930 Jaime Escalante, Bolivian-American educator (d. 2010)         1931 Bob Shaw, Irish sci-fi author (Orbitsville, Ragged Astronauts, Vertigo) (d. 1996)         1932 George Schlatter, TV producer (Laugh-in)         1933 Edward Bunker, American author, screenwriter, and actor (d. 2005)         1934 Ameer Muhammad Akram Awan, Indian Islamic scholar         1934 Noel Tyl, American astrologer         1935 Peter Allan, Australian cricketer         1935 Rolf Haufs, writer         1937 Anthony Hopkins, Welsh-American actor (Elephant Man, Hannibal, Magic, Bounty) and composer         1937 Avram Hershko, Israeli biologist (Nobel Prize laureate)         1937 Barry Hughes, Welsh footballer and manager         1937 Nicolas Born, writer         1938 Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Dutch speed skater (world champ)         1938 Henricus G Wijmans, Dutch graphic artist         1938 Rosalind Cash, American actress (Omega Man, Wrong is Right) and singer (d. 1995)         1939 Afaq Hussain, Pakistani cricketer         1939 Willye White, American long jumper (Oly-silver-56, appeared in 5 Olympics)         1940 Mani Neumeier, German drummer and singer (Guru Guru)         1940 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut         1941 Alex Ferguson, Scottish footballer and manager         1941 Milkha Singh, Indian cricketer         1941 Sarah Miles, English actress (Ryan's Hope, Big Sleep, Venom)         1941 Sean S. Cunningham, American director, screenwriter, and producer         1941 Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish football manager         1942 Andy Summers, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Police, Zoot Money's Big Roll Band)         1943 Ben Kingsley, English actor (Gandhi, Betrayal, Maurice, Schindler's List)         1943 John Denver, American singer-songwriter (Rocky Mt High, Country Boy), guitarist (The John Denver Band, Chad Mitchell Trio), and actor (d. 1997)         1943 Pete Quaife, English bass player (The Kinks) (d. 2010)         1944 Neil Ross, English-American voice actor         1944 Taylor Hackford, American director (Devil's Advocate) and producer         1945 Barbara Carrera, Nicaraguan actress and model         1945 Claude D Marks, Argentina Argent, FALN member (FBI most wanted)         1945 Connie Willis, American author         1945 Diane von Fürstenberg, Belgian-American fashion designer         1945 Taylor Hackford, director (Idolmaker, Officer & a Gentleman)         1945 Vernon Wells, Actor (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior)         1946 Barbara Carrera, Managua Nicaragua, actress (Angelica-Dallas)         1946 Pius Ncube, Zimbabwean Archbishop, human rights advocate         1947 Burton Cummings, Canadian keyboard player and songwriter (The Guess Who)         1947 Rita Lee, Brazilian singer-songwriter and actress (Os Mutantes)         1947 Tim Matheson, American actor (Animal House, Fletch, Up the Creek)         1948 Donna Summer, American singer-songwriter (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio) (d. 2012)         1948 Joe Dallesandro American actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein)         1948 René Robert, Canadian ice hockey player, NHL         1948 Tony Hamilton, rocker (Aerosmith)         1948 Viktor Mikhailovich Afanasieyv, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11, TM-18)         1949 Ellen Datlow, American anthologist and editor         1949 Seub Nakhasathien, Thai environmentalist (d. 1990)         1949 Susan Shwartz, American author         1950 Inge Helten, German sprinter (Olympic-bronze-1976)           ..     ..   1950 Robert Bryan Gilder, American PGA golfer (1980 Canadian Open)         1951 Fermin Goytisolo, Musician (KC & the Sunshine Band)         1951 Michael Allen Bantom, American basketball player (Olympic-silver-1972)         1951 Tom Hamilton, American bass player and songwriter (Aerosmith)         1952 Vaughan Jones, New Zealand mathematician         1953 James Remar, American actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club)         1953 Jane Badler, American actress (Fine Gold, Easy Kill, V)         1953 Michael Hedges, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1997)         1954 Alex Salmond, Scottish politician, 4th First Minister of Scotland         1954 Hermann Tilke, German race car driver, engineer, racing circuit architect         1955 Dawood Ibrahim, Indian crime boss         1956 Martin Joseph Fettman, American Astronaut (STS 58)         1956 Steve Rude, American writer and comic illustrator         1957 David Allen Ogrin, American PGA golfer (1994 Byron Nelson-2nd)         1958 Bebe Neuwirth, American actress (Lilith-Cheers, Jumanji)         1958 Geoff Marsh, Australian cricketer         1959 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (d. 1981)         1959 Baron Waqa, Nauruan politician and musician         1959 Bebe Neuwirth, American actress (Lilith-Cheers, Damn Yankees)         1959 Liveris Andritsos, Greek basketball player         1959 Paul Westerberg, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Replacements)         1959 Phill Kline, American politician         1959 Ron Bennington, American radio host         1959 Val Kilmer, American actor (Top Secret, Top Gun, Willow, The Doors)         1960 Broderick Dyke, Australia, tennis star         1960 John Allen Muhammad, American murderer (d. 2009)         1960 Steve Bruce, English footballer         1961 Joanna Johnson, actress (Caroline-Bold & Beautiful)         1961 Nina Li, Chinese actress         1961 Rick Aguilera, American baseball player, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)         1962 Don Diamont, American actor (Brad-Young & Restless)         1962 Heather McCartney, American-English potter, activist         1962 Tyrone Corbin, American basketball player, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks)         1963 Ed Simmons, NFL tackle (Washington Redskins)         1963 Konishiki Yasokichi, American sumo wrestler         1963 Scott Ian, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, The Damned Things, Damnocracy)         1964 Denis Hickey, Australian cricketer         1964 Klari MacAskill, Hungarian kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96)         1964 Liz Masakayan, American WPVA volley (Best of Beach-3rd-1994)         1964 Lowri Turner, British TV presenter         1964 Michael McDonald, American comedian (MADtv, actor (The Heat), and director         1964 Winston Benjamin, West Indian cricketer         1965 Julie Doucet, Canadian underground cartoonist         1965 Li Gong, Chinese actress (2046)         1965 Michelle Dobek, American golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-45th)         1965 Nicholas Sparks, American author (The Notebook)         1965 Tony Dorigo, English footballer         1966 Lisa Joyner, American journalist         1966 Paula Barbieri, model, actress (Dangerous), girlfriend of OJ Simpson         1967 Brad Daluiso, NFL place kicker (NY Giants)         1968 Gerry Dee, Canadian comedian and actor         1968 Luciano Szafir, Brazilian actor         1969 Are Kalvø, Norwegian author         1969 Dominik Diamond, Scottish newspaper columnist, television and radio host         1969 Lance Reddick, American actor         1969 Martha Byrne, actress (Lily-As the World Turns)         1970 Bryon Russell, American basketball player, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)         1970 Carlos Morales Quintana, Spanish husband of Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark         1970 Chandra West, Actress (White Noise)         1970 Dan Howe, Canadian canoeist (Olympics-96)         1970 Danny McNamara, English singer-songwriter (Embrace)         1970 Dunstan Anderson, NFL defensive end (Dolphins, NO Saints, Rhein Fire)         1970 Edwin Huizinga, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen, Emmen)         1970 Jorge Alberto da Costa Silva, Brazilian footballer         1970 Michel Brunet, Canadian ice dancer (1996 Canadians-2nd)         1970 Sven Kretschmer, German footballer         1971 Brent Barry, American basketball player, NBA guard (LA Clippers)         1971 Erin Warren, American luger (Olympics-1994)         1971 Esteban Loaiza, Mexican baseball player         1971 Heath Shuler, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins, NO Saints)         1971 Ricardo López Felipe, Spanish footballer         1972 Chris Parker, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)         1972 Cole Ford, NFL kicker (Oakland Raiders)         1972 Joseph Mulrey McIntyre, American singer-songwriter (New Kids on the Block) and actor         1972 Kelvin Kinney, defensive end (Washington Redskins)         1973 Crystal Knight, American porn actress and model         1973 Curtis Myden, Canadian 200m & 400m swimmer (Oly-2 bronze-96)         1973 George Jones, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)         1973 Hiroyuki Miura, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)         1973 Malcolm Middleton, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Arab Strap)         1973 Shandon Anderson, American basketball player         1974 Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist         1974 Ryan Sakoda, Japanese American professional wrestler         1974 Tony Kanaan, Brazilian race car driver         1975 Cole Ford, kicker (Oakland Raiders)         1975 Rami Alanko, Finnish ice hockey player         1975 Rob Penders, Dutch footballer         1975 Sander Schutgens, Dutch runner         1975 Toni Kuivasto, Finnish footballer           ..     ..   1976 Craig Reucassel, Australian comedian, member of The Chaser         1976 Luis Carreira, Portuguese motorcycle racer (d. 2012)         1976 Steve Byers, Actor (Immortals)         1977 Donald Trump Jr., American businessman, son of Donald and Ivana Trump         1977 Ildiko Kecan, Hungarian Model, Miss Hungary Universe (1997)         1977 PSY, South Korean singer-songwriter (Gangam Style), producer, and dancer         1977 Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer         1978 Papoose, American rapper         1979 Bob Bryar, American drummer (My Chemical Romance, Gerardolopoly)         1979 Elaine Cassidy, Irish actress (The Others)         1979 Paul O'Neill, English race car driver         1980 Carsten Schlangen, German runner         1980 Jesse Carlson, American baseball player         1980 M-Dogg 20, American wrestler         1980 Matt Cross, American professional wrestler         1980 Richie McCaw, New Zealand rugby union player         1981 Jason Campbell, American football player         1981 Matthew Pavlich, Australian rules footballer         1982 Craig Gordon, Scottish footballer         1982 Julio DePaula, Dominican baseball player         1982 Luke Schenscher, Australian basketball player         1982 The Rocket Summer, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer         1983 Mariana Renata, French-Indonesian actress         1984 Brittany Beede, American wrestler and model         1984 Paul Rodriguez, American skateboarder and actor         1984 Édgar Lugo, Mexican footballer         1985 Jan Smit, Dutch singer         1985 Jonathan Horton, American gymnast         1986 Bronson Pelletier, Canadian actor         1987 Danny Holla, Dutch footballer         1987 Javaris Crittenton, American basketball player         1987 Émilie Le Pennec, French gymnast         1988 Jada Stevens, Adult film Actress         1989 Roisin Kelly, Actress (Children of the Mist: The Lost Tribe)         1990 Patrick Chan, Canadian figure skater         1991 Bojana Jovanovski, Serbian tennis player         1991 Camila Giorgi, Italian tennis player         1992 Caroline Kovac, Actress (Silent Night)         1992 Lauren Mandel, Actress (Sweet Jesus)         1993 Sandra Itzel, Actress (El Color de la Esperanza)         1994 Fynn McKay, Actor (Crashing the Wake)         1995 Gabby Douglas, American gymnast         1997 Samantha Sadoff, Actress (Monsters University)         1999 Emman Buquid, Chef (Junior MasterChef: Pinoy Edition)         2000 Makoa Dacascos, Actor (Final Approach)         2005 Lakshmi Tatma, Indian deformed girl         .. ..