SF Bay Area: Emperor Norton's 197th birthday party, February 3rd


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All Hail Norton the First, Emperor of the United States, and Protector of Mexico!


I’ll bet the true year was 197 ago.

Was I close?

We don’t have groundhogs here in California, so drinking a toast to the Emperor seems like an appropriate way to celebrate the day. Cheers!

This page’s headline says February 2nd. The current BoingBoing.net front page version says February 3rd (which is the date the actual party is, according to http://www.emperorsbridge.org/ – but just in case, you can start celebrating early.)

Wikipedia and http://www.emperorsbridge.org/ say his actual birthday was probably February 4th, probably in 1818 instead of the 1819 that’s on his gravestone.


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Before Emperor Norton, there was Lord Timothy Dexter.

"I am the first in the East, the first in the West, and the greatest philosopher in the Western world!”

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