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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Birthday Musings!

I know, this has absolutely nothing to do with anti-PETA slogans or illegal immigration debate (if you can call one man shouting and fuming about something one-sidedly a "debate") - but I took a day off from writing blogs (on purpose, unlike the days where I simply forget or have no time) and wanted to share some information about my birthday.

Yes, it was my "golden birthday" - the birthday where the age you are turning is the day in the month of your birthdate.

So since it was October 24th - it's pretty obvious how old I am today.

Here's some information on this day in history:

Historical Events:

October 24th, 1861 - The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States is completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express.

October 24th, 1901 - Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagra Falls in a barrel.

October 24th, 1911 - Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.

October 24th, 1917 - The day of the Russian revolution, The Red Revolution.

October 24th, 1926 - Harry Houdini's last performance, which was at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.

October 24th, 1929 - "Black Thursday" stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.

October 24th, 1935 - Italy invades Ethiopia.

October 24th, 1945 - Founding of the United Nations.

October 24th, 1947 - Walt Disney testifies to the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.

October 24th, 1973 - Yom Kippur War ends.

October 24th, 2003 - Concorde makes its last commercial flight.

Shared Birthdays:

10/24/1632 - Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch microbiologist

10/24/1855 - James S. Sherman, Vice President of the United States

10/24/1887 - Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Queen of Spain

10/24/1891 - Rafael Molina-Trujillo, President of the Dominican Republic

10/24/1915 - Roger Milliken, American millionaire

10/24/1930 - The Big Bopper, American singer

10/24/1930 - Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia

10/24/1947 - Kevin Kline, American actor

10/24/1981 - Tila Tequila, American model

10/24/1984 - Kaela Kimura, Japanese model and singer

People Who Died on My Birthday:

10/24/1537 - Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII of England

10/24/1601 - Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer

10/24/1669 - William Prynne, English Puritan leader

10/24/1852 - Daniel Webster, American lawyer and politician

10/24/1944 - Louis Renault, French automobile manufacturer

10/24/1957 - Christian Dior, French fashion designer

10/24/1972 - Jackie Robinson, baseball player

10/24/1991 - Gene Roddenberry, American television producer

10/24/1997 - Don Messick, American voice actor

10/24/2005 - Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist

All in all, it's a weird day. And United Nations Day, officially. And the anniversary of "Black Thursday". Still can't believe how many important people died on my birthday. I advise everyone to take a few moments and Wikipedia their own birthday. You just might learn something interesting...


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