Friday, March 30, 2007

Birthday Wiki factoids

Is it stealing, or just copying in a show of admiration? Thanks, Sassylime, for a fun idea! My birthday is May 10th. Let's just see what happened on this auspicious date in history:
1503 - Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman Islands and names them Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles there.
1774 - Louis XVI becomes King of France (why? See deaths!)
1801 - First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States(no historical post is complete w/out some pirate-y thing!)

1869 - The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah (not Promontory Point, Utah) with the golden spike.(I’ve visited there!, no not in 1869, gosh)
1908 - Mother's Day is observed for the first time (Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, USA).
1933 - Censorship: In Germany, the Nazis stage massive public book burnings.
1940 - World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1954 - Bill Haley and the Comets release "Rock Around the Clock", the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the charts.
1994 - Nelson Mandela becomes the first black president of South Africa.
563 BC - Siddhartha Gautama, later Buddha (d. 483 BC)
1838 - John Wilkes Booth, American actor and assassin of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1865)
1899 - Fred Astaire, American dancer and actor (d. 1987)
1946 - Donovan, Scottish musician
1955 - Mark David Chapman, American assassin of John Lennon
1957 - Sid Vicious, English bassist (The Sex Pistols) (d. 1979)
1958 - Rick Santorum, U.S. Senator
1960 - Bono, Irish singer (U2)
1965 - Linda Evangelista, Canadian supermodel
1774 - King Louis XV of France (b. 1710)
1818 - Paul Revere, American patriot (b. 1735)
1863 - Stonewall Jackson, American Confederate general (b. 1824)
1977 - Joan Crawford, American actress (b. 1905)
1999 - Shel Silverstein, American poet and composer (b. 1930)
Holidays and observances
Confederate Memorial Day in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Mother's Day in much of South America, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, and Singapore.

The first possible day on which Pentecost may fall.


Emily said...

quite a few crazy characters! assassins, singers, dancers, actresses, writers. wow! :)

Nettie said...

That is a lot to happen on one day. Early wishes for a happy birthday!