1. A person who is unable to make up his or her mind on an issue, esp. in politics; a person who is neutral on a controversial issue.2. A Republican who refused to support the party nominee, James G. Blaine, in the presidential campaign of 1884.
Mugwump originates in the 19th century as a term for a Republican who refused to support the party nominee, James G. Blaine, in the presidential campaign of 1884. It is a rough adoption from the Algonquian (tribe native to the Massachusetts region) word muggumquomp, "war leader". In his 1959 novel "Naked Lunch" American author William S. Burroughs uses mugwump as the name of a bizarre creature.
- The guy that just happens to own every stock that ever takes off. A self-proclaimed Warren Buffet.
Brock: Hey Rod, you see WFR up 49%?? Trading at $25!!
Brock: I bought that like 3 months ago at 5 bucks... Put every dollar I had into it after I graduated Duke.
Rod: Awesome. Thanks for the tip... stock douche.
- transcontinental railroad: a golden spike linked the Union Pacific and Central Pacific lines at Promontory Summit (1869)
- J. Edgar Hoover: became director of the FBI; he held the post until his death 48 years later (1924)
- Nazi book burnings: as part of Goebbels' "synchronization of culture," some 25,000 "un-German" volumes were destroyed in a single day (1933)
- Micronesia: adopted a constitution, becoming a self-governing federation (1979)
- Nelson Mandela: South Africa's first black president was sworn in to office (1994)
- John Wilkes Booth 1838 - Stage actor, assassinated President Abraham Lincoln
- Montgomery Blair 1813 - Politician, lawyer
- Ottmar Mergenthaler 1854
- Fred Astaire (Frederick Austerlitz) 1899 - Film and stage dancer, choreographer, singer, actor
- Dimitri Tiomkin 1899 - Film score composer and conductor
- David O. Selznick 1902 - Film producer ("Gone with the Wind")
- Maybelle Carter ("Mother Maybelle" Carter) 1909 - Country musician (Carter Family)
- Charles McGraw (Charles Butters) 1914 - Actor
- Arthur Kopit 1937 - Playwright
- Sid Vicious 1957 - Musician (Sex Pistols)
- "Bono" (Paul Hewson) 1960 - Musician (U2)
- Suzan-Lori Parks 1963 - Playwright
- Jason Brooks (Jason Maxwell Brooks) 1966 - Actor ("Days of our Lives")
- Young MC 1967 - Rapper
- Amanda Borden 1977 - Gymnast
- Kenan Thompson 1978 - Actor ("Saturday Night Live")