Monday, April 9, 2007

Monday Thursday Thirteen

I was inspired by Virginia's Thursday Thirteen last week so I decided to try out my birthdate! She found somewhere in Bloggerville someone who suggested typing your birthday, just the month and day, into the Wikipedia. The result? Events that occured on that day many many moons ago, as well as people who were born (and died) on that day. Fun! Here are some of the results:
  1. 1935 - Dr. Robert Smith takes his last drink, and Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, United States, by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob. Amazing what one person can start with their actions.
  2. 1940 - World War II: Italy declares war on France and the United Kingdom; U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt denounces Italy's actions; German forces, under General Erwin Rommel, reach the English Channel; Canada declares war on Italy; Norway Surrenders to German forces. Gee, a lot of military action in the world on that day!
  3. 1944 - In baseball, 15-year old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the youngest player ever in a major-league game. Fifteen years old? For some reason that was really shocking to me!
  4. 1991 - In what was dubbed "The Mother of All Parades," New York City hosts a parade welcoming back troops from Operation Desert Storm.
  5. 1922 - Judy Garland, American musical actress was born. (d. 1969)
  6. 1965 - Elizabeth Hurley, British actress born.
  7. 1978 - Shane West, American actor (ER, A Walk to Remember, etc.) born.
  8. 1982 - Tara Lipinski, American figure skater born.
  9. 1982 - Leelee Sobieski, American actress (Joan of Arc, Never Been Kissed, etc.) born.
  10. 323 BC - Alexander the Great died. (b. 356 BC)
  11. 2002 - John Gotti, American gangster died. (b. 1940)
  12. 2004 - Ray Charles, American musician died. (b. 1930)
  13. 1977: Killer perch outwitted by electric rod. (Kent, UK). Somehow I found this hilarious! Obviously since it was year before I was born things were just not exciting enough yet that this kind of thing was newsworthy! Hee hee

1 comment:

Virginia said...

Judy Garland! Very cool! Of course I've never seen her in anything except The Wizard of Oz...and whatever happened to Tara Lipinski?! She was from Houston, I believe (or our neighboring suburb of Sugar Land, actually). I heart Wikipedia! :)