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Thursday, September 17, 2009

It's ON!

So, having been challenged to the task by Eebee (sorta...) I too have decided to find out what significance my birthday has for the human race in general. Thus I am about to do a search for 15 February. Here goes...



Well, Eebee, it appears that disaster follows in my wake too.

  • 1898 - USS Maine exploded and sank in Havanna harbour, killing 260 people.
  • 1933 - Giuseppe Angara tried to kill Franklin D. Roosevelt, shot at him, missed and instead killed Chicago mayor, Anton J. Cermak.
  • 1942 - Singapore fell to the Japanese after the British surrendered, resulting in the capture of 80 000 prisoners of war and the start of the Sook Ching massacre.
  • 1961 - Sabena flight 548 crashed in Belguim, resulting in the deaths of the entire United States figure skating team, their coaches and families; 73 deaths in total.
  • 1970 - A Dominican DC9 plummetted from the heavens and crashed into the sea during take-off from Santo Domingo; 102 dead.
  • 1982 - An oceanic oil rig, Ocean Ranger, sank during a storm off Newfoundland, killing 84.

On the plus side though:

  • 1764 - St. Louis, Missouri was established! While this means little to me, I'm sure many of you St. Louis'ians are rather chuffed! ;)
  • 1879 - American President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill that permitted female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. Go women-folk!
  • 1971 - Decimalisation of British coinage was completed on Decimal Day. Yay for the Brits! They finally saw the light and converted to a LOGICAL decimal system! 10 points!
  • 2003 - The worlds biggest peace protest action against the Iraq war took place in over 600 cities worldwide involving an estimated 8 million to 30 million people taking part!
  • 2005 - Youtube was launched in the United States! Where would we be without it!! :D

Famous people...?

  • Ice-T!
  • Jane Seymour!
  • Matt Groening!
  • Birdman! (not too proud of that one...)
  • Toto (An italian who was really Italy...)
  • A whole stack of other folks who might be famous...somewhere...but I know nothing about.

1 comment:

  1. Dude Matt Groening covers up for all the other (rather ominous) events incl women arguing in court...

    *eebee runs away covering his gentlemens region*