Saturday, April 15, 2006

Birthday Meme

First - we're apparently done with spring and into summer. The high temperature today was 95 (35 C), breaking a record from 1894. The normal high is 80 (26 C). They're predicting it will be just as hot tomorrow.

This meme has been making the rounds, and, since I have no interesting knitting content to show you, here it is. (Actually, my knitting group met this afternoon at Valletta Kafe in Pleasanton for a yarn swap - I came home with more than I took, but it was much better quality, so definitely a good thing!)

So here's the meme: Do a Wikipedia search of your birthdate, minus the year; list three interesting events, three people who were born, and three people who died on that day. Like almost everyone else who has done this meme, I had trouble limiting my choices to 3, so I didn't!

Interesting events:
1954 - Elvis Presley makes his debut as a public performer.
1956 - A Joint Resolution of the U.S. Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing "In God We Trust" as the U.S. national motto.
1974 - Watergate Scandal: US President Richard M. Nixon releases subpoenaed White House recordings after being ordered to do so by the United States Supreme Court.
1975 - Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m.
1990 - The first Saturn automobile rolls off the assembly line. (I drive a Saturn Vue.)

People who were born:
1818 - Emily Brontë, English novelist (d. 1848)
1939 - Peter Bogdanovich, American film director
1941 - Paul Anka, Canadian singer and composer
1947 - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-born actor and Governor of California
1956 - Delta Burke, American actress
1960 - Richard Linklater, American director
1961 - Laurence Fishburne, American actor
1963 - Lisa Kudrow, American actress
1971 - Tom Green, Canadian comedian and actor
1974 - Hilary Swank, American actress
1984 - Kevin Pittsnogle, American basketball player

People who died:
1718 - William Penn, English founder of the Province of Pennsylvania (b. 1644)
1898 - Otto von Bismarck, German chancellor (b. 1815)
1918 - Joyce Kilmer, American poet (b. 1886) ("I think that I shall never see/a poem as lovely as a tree....")
1983 - Lynn Fontanne, English actress (b. 1887)
1989 - Lane Frost, American bull rider (b. 1963)
1996 - Claudette Colbert, French-American actress (b. 1903) (one of the stars of my favorite movie, It Happened One Night)

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