Wednesday, August 01, 2007

This Date in History

In honor of my 28th (source NyTimes):

On this date in:

1790 The first U.S. census was completed, showing a population of nearly 4 million people.

1876 Colorado was admitted to the union as the 38th state.

1907 The U.S. Air Force had its beginnings as the U.S. Army Signal Corps established an aeronautical division.

1914 Germany declared war on Russia at the onset of World War I.

1936 The Olympic games opened in Berlin with a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler.

1943 Race-related rioting erupted in New York City's Harlem section, resulting in several deaths.

1946 President Harry S. Truman signed the Fulbright Program into law, establishing the scholarships named for Sen. J. William Fulbright.

1946 The Atomic Energy Commission was established.

1957 The United States and Canada reached agreement to create the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).

1966 Charles Joseph Whitman shot and killed 15 people at the University of Texas before he was gunned down by police.

1978 Pete Rose's 44-game hitting streak - the second longest in major league history - came to an end as the Cincinnati Reds star went hitless in a game against the Atlanta Braves.

1981 The music video cable channel MTV made its debut.

1995 Westinghouse Electric Corp. struck a deal to buy CBS for $5.4 billion.

2001 Pro Bowl tackle Korey Stringer died of heat stroke, a day after collapsing at the Minnesota Vikings' training camp.

2004 The federal government warned of possible al-Qaida terrorist attacks against specific financial institutions in New York City, Washington and Newark, N.J.

2004 Alexandra Scott, a young cancer patient who started a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, sparking a nationwide fund-raising campaign, died at her home in Wynnewood, Pa., at age 8.

2005 Saudi Arabia's ruler, King Fahd, died; Crown Prince Abdullah, the king's half brother, became the country's new monarch.

2005 President George W. Bush used a recess appointment to install John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, bypassing the Senate after a testy standoff with Democrats.

2005 Baltimore Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro was suspended for 10 days following a positive test for steroids.

86 Jack Kramer
Tennis Hall of Famer

77 Geoffrey Holder
Actor, director

76 Ramblin' Jack Elliott

76 Tom Wilson
Cartoonist ("Ziggy")

74 Dom DeLuise
Actor, comedian

71 Yves Saint Laurent
Fashion designer

70 Alfonse D'Amato
Former U.S. senator, R-N.Y.

65 Giancarlo Giannini

54 Robert Cray
Blues guitarist

49 Michael Penn
Rock singer

48 Joe Elliott
Rock singer (Def Leppard)

47 Chuck D
Rapper (Public Enemy)

47 Suzi Gardner
Rock singer, musician (L7)

45 Jesse Borrego

44 Coolio

43 Adam Duritz
Rock singer (Counting Crows)

42 Sam Mendes

41 George Ducas
Country singer

(Deceased) Birthdays:
85 Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
8/1/1744 - 12/18/1829
French biologist

68 William Clark
8/1/1770 - 9/1/1838
American explorer; partner of Meriwether Lewis

63 Francis Scott Key
8/1/1779 - 1/11/1843
American lawyer and composer of U.S. national anthem

66 Richard Henry Dana
8/1/1815 - 1/6/1882
American lawyer and author

72 Herman Melville
8/1/1819 - 9/28/1891
American novelist, short story writer and poet

82 Robert Todd Lincoln
8/1/1843 - 7/26/1926
American son of Abraham Lincoln; served as Secretary of War under Presidents Garfield and Arthur

58 Meir Kahane
8/1/1932 - 11/5/1990
American-born Israeli rabbi; founded the Jewish Defense League

54 Ron Brown
8/1/1941 - 4/3/1996
American politician and Commerce secretary (1993-96)

53 Jerry Garcia
8/1/1942 - 8/9/1995
American rock and roll guitarist and songwriter

63 Claudius
8/1/10 BC - 10/13/AD 54
Roman emperor (AD 41-54)

Gotta love Claudius, Lamarck, and Melville. Not to mention Chuck D and Sam Mendes. But screw Francis Scott Key--America the Beautiful should the national hymn.

Cincy my hometown even makes the list (with Charlie Hustle).


At 10:28 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

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At 10:31 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

Happy Birthday!

Barbara Sher's self-help tome is called I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It. In one sense it's designed for beginners -- young people who are just learning how to identify meaningful goals to pursue. But in my opinion, every one of us periodically needs to revisit the mode described in the book's title. For instance, maybe you've accomplished a dream you've worked on for months or years, and require a jumpstart as you seek your next big project. Or maybe some desire that motivated you for a long time has faded in its intensity, and you're feeling blah and apathetic, in need of redirection. Does any of this apply to you, Leo? I bet it does.


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