April 21st, 2006

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On My Birthday... (November 25)

I was always under the impression that my birthday was a pretty boring day.. I mean, no giant celebrities were born on it or anything.

Then I saw a couple birthday memos on my flist.
So I decided to try it myself.
I went to wikipedia.org and typed in the month and day of my birth... and this is some of the more interesting stuff that popped out... (plus some added commentary)


Special Events:

1034 - Malcolm II of Scotland dies. Duncan, the son of his second daughter, inherits the throne ahead of Macbeth, the son of his eldest daughter.
Yep... as in King Duncan and Macbeth from a certain Shakesperean play... 

1758 - French and Indian War: British forces capture Fort Duquesne from French control.
*shrugs* What can I say? Thanks to Mr. Aros, I'm now a bona-fide Amercan history buff.

1783 - American Revolutionary War: The last British troops leave New York City three months after the signing of the Treaty of Paris.
*shakes angry hypocritical fists* Damn Yankees...

1874 - The United States Greenback Party is established as a political party consisting primarily of farmers affected by the Panic of 1873.
American History, ahoyhoy

1940 - Woody Woodpecker first appears, in the film "Knock Knock".
Ahahahahah! Ahahahahah! Ahaaaaahaaaaha!

1944 - World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's store in Deptford, UK, killing 160 shoppers.
'Cause shopping at Woolworth's was a favorite pastime of the Allied scum... or something.

1947 - Red Scare: The "Hollywood Ten" are blacklisted by Hollywood movie studios.
McCarthyism fascinates me. A nice, steaming cup of Communism, anyone?

1952 - Agatha Christie's murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London and eventually becomes the longest continuously-running play in history.
Eeeeee! Da Mistress o' Mystery!

1960 - The Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic are assassinated .
Remember kiddies... publicly opposing your friendly neighborhood dictator will get you shot.

1963 - President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
And so is any hope of figuring out the whole Kennedy Curse/Conspiracy/Orgy thing.

2002 - US President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Act into law.
*weeps and weeps and weeps...*

Oh, and Jessie's birthday is filled with natural disasters and catastrophe... pass it on.

2348 B.C. - The epic Great Flood, (Noah´s Flood) began on this date according to the Old testament Chronology of Bishop James Ussher.
o_O Dude... trippy.
 

1667 - A deadly earthquake rocks Shemakha, Caucasia, killing 80,000 people.

1703 - The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the British Isles, reaches its peak intensity and maintains it through November 27. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people perish in the mighty gale.

1926 - The worst, deadliest tornado outbreak in U.S. November history strikes on Thanksgiving day. 27 twisters of great strength reported in the midwest, including the strongest November tornado, an F4, that devastates Heber Springs, Arkansas. 51 deaths in Arkansas alone, 76 deaths and over 400 injuries in all.

1950 - The "Storm of the Century", a violent snowstorm, paralyzes the northeastern United States and the Appalachians, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West Virginia records 57 inches of snow. 323 people die due to the storm.

1839 - Disastrous cyclone slams India with terrible winds and a 40 foot storm surge, literally wiping out the port city of Coringa, never to be entirely rebuilt again. Powerful winds level everything in sight, the storm wave sweeps inland tens of miles, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths resulted from the disaster, making this one of history´s greatest catastrophes.

1987 - Supertyphoon Nina pummels the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that swallows entire villages. at least 1,036 deaths attributed to the storm.

1996 - An Ice storm strikes the central U.S. killing 26 people. Powerful windstorm affects Florida, winds gust over 90 mph, toppling trees and flipping trailers.

2000 - 2000 Baku earthquake took place.


 
Births:

1835 - Andrew Carnegie, British-born industrialist and philanthropist
As in "Carnegie Hall." Score!

1844 - Karl Benz, German engineer
Mercedes-
Benz, anyone?

 
1846 - Carrie Nation, American temperance advocate
Hated alcohol. Liked to attack saloons with a hatchet.

 1914 - Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player
*sings* Oh, where'd you go / Joe DiMaggio / Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you / Woo-woo woo...

1920 - Ricardo Montalban, Mexican actor
O.M.F.G...
Khaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnn!
Khan in Star Trek II... and the grandpa in the Spy Kids movies

1920 - Noel Neill, American actress
Frequent actress in many Superman-related things. Look for her cameo in the upcoming Superman Returns.

1944 - Ben Stein, American actor, game show host, and political consultant
Bueller? ...Bueller? ...Bueller?

1951 - Bill Morrissey, American musician
Born in Hartford, CT... that's like, 6-10 minutes away from me...

1960 - John F. Kennedy, Jr., American publisher
November 25 is Kennedy Day!

1971 - Christina Applegate, American actress
Crap. And I had just told Mom that the Babysitter's dead...

1981 - Barbara and Jenna Bush, daughters of U.S. President George W. Bush
Oh dear god... *gigantic facepalm*


Deaths
:
1920 - Gaston Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile pioneer
Yes... that
Chevrolet.

1968 - Upton Sinclair, American journalist, politician, and writer
Ooh! I love The Jungle! Meatpacking gross-out fest and socialist propaganda all in one.. what could be better?

1981 - Jack Albertson, American actor
a.k.a. Grandpa Joe from the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. *salutes*


Observances:

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Hmmmmmm...




...And there is my birthday in a nutshell.
Not too shabby, eh?

P.S. Me stepmom shares her birthday with John Cleese. ^_^

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