Thursday, October 14, 2010

October 14 is the best day of the year

. . . because it is my birthday, of course!

Many incredible events happened on this day (yes, even more incredible than me...) with some more memorable than others. For instance:

*1066 - William the Conqueror wins the Battle of Hastings

*1322 - Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England, forcing recognition of Scotland's independence

* 1582 - This day did not exist this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal, or Spain because of implementation of the Gregorian calendar

* 1789 - George Washington proclaims the first Thanksgiving Day(!)

* 1806 - The Battle of Jena: France defeats Prussia --- and an important event for young Hegel

*1843 - The British arrest Daniel O'Connell for conspiracy

*1912 - Teddy Roosevelt shot by an assassin while campaigning in Milwaukee. He continued to deliver his speech...with the bullet still lodged in him

*1926 - A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh is published for the first time

*1933 - Nazi Germany withdraws from the League of Nations

*1947 - Chuck Yeager is the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound

*1962 - the Cuban Missile Crisis begins

* 1963 - the first time a newspaper uses the term "Beatlemania"

* 1964 - Martin Luther King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

* 1969 - Britain introduces the 50 pence coin, replacing the ten shilling note

* 1979 - the first Gay Rights March on Washington, DC

* 1982 - Ronald Reagan declares a 'War on Drugs'

* 1994 - Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres receive the Nobel Peace Prize

There are also several famous people who share my birthday, including:

James II of England and VII of Scotland (1633)

William Penn (1644)

Eamon de Valera (1882)

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890)

E. E. Cummings (1894)

Hannah Arendt (1906)

C. Everett Koop (1916)

Roger Moore (1927)

Ralph Lauren (1939)

Cliff Richard (1940)

Thomas Dolby (1958)

Steve Coogan (1965)

Famous deaths on this day include Harold Godwinson (1066, King of England), Errol Flynn (1959), Bing Crosby (1977), Leonard Bernstein (1990), and Lou Albano (2009).
October 14th is World Standards Day, World Organ Donation Day(?!), and National Education Day in Poland.


Alan said...

A belated happy birthday! I recommend reading "since feeling is first" by e. e. cummings in celebration!

Matt said...

Happy (now late) birthday Thom. My best wishes for a happy and productive year, and congratulations on your other recent honors, too. They are all well deserved.