Saturday, October 07, 2006

On This Day in History

Some good and some bad stuff that happened on October 7:
1714 - Beer tax riots in Alkmaar, Netherlands.
1769 - English explorer, Captain Cook, discovers New Zealand.
1780 - American Revolutionary War: Battle of Kings Mountain American Patriot militia defeat Loyalist irregulars led by British colonel Patrick Ferguson in South Carolina.
1916 - Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland University 222-0 in the most lopsided victory in American college football.
1919 - KLM of the Netherlands was founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.
1940 - Germany invades Romania.
1942 - U.S. and British government announce establishment of United Nations.
1949 - German Democratic Republic (East Germany) formed.
1949 - One of the earliest television shows, "Ford Theater" debuts
1950 - United States forces cross the 38th parallel.
1951 - David Ben-Gurion forms Israeli government.
1957 - Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" debuts.
1958 - U.S. manned space-flight project renamed Project Mercury.
1959 - Far side of the Moon seen for first time, compliments of U.S.S.R.'s Luna 3.
1960 - Second Kennedy and Nixon debate Cold War foreign policy in the second of four scheduled debates.
1960 - Tony Plutonium born.
1963 - John F. Kennedy signs ratification for nuclear test ban treaty.
1968 - Hollywood adopts the movie ratings system.
1982 - Cats opens on Broadway and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.
1984 - NFL running back Walter Payton breaks Jim Brown's rushing record.
1985 - The "Achille Lauro" is hijacked by Palestinian terrorists.
1996 - The Fox News Channel, an American cable news network, is launched.
2001 - Start of U.S. invasion of Afghanistan with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.
2003 - California recall: California governor Gray Davis is recalled from office and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
2004 - King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates.

How's this for an odd combination of good and evil birthdays to share?
1471 - King Frederick I of Denmark and Norway (d. 1533)
1853 - James Whitcomb Riley, American poet (d. 1916)
1885 - Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d.1962)
1888 - Henry A. Wallace, Vice President of the United States (d. 1965)
1897 - Elijah Muhammad, American Black Muslim leader (d. 1975)
1900 - Heinrich Himmler, Nazi official and leader of the SS (d. 1945)
1905 - Andy Devine, American actor (d. 1977)
1931 - Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop and Nobel Laureate
1943 - Oliver North, U.S. Marine and politician
1951 - John Cougar Mellencamp, American singer
1952 - Vladimir Putin, 2nd President of Russia
1955 - Yo-Yo Ma, French-born cellist
1959 - Simon Cowell, English recording executive
1960 - Tony Plutonium, blogger
1968 - Toni Braxton, American singer
1968 - Thom Yorke, English singer (Radiohead)


At 3:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my #1 son also shares your birthday

Happy birthday and have a great one

Cindy Lee

At 7:41 AM, Blogger jw said...

Happy Birthday!

And many more!

At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, my friend. Here's to at least 46 more.

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Tony Plutonium said...

Thanks, guys! And Cindy Lee - give #1 a happy birthday from me - we'll put him in the "good" category with Desmond Tutu and Yo-Yo Ma and not the evil category with Himmler and Cowell.

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hippo birdie two ewes, TP!

I want to see the Celebrity Deathmatch between the 10/7 celebrants. Tutu v. North should be especially entertaining, but Ma vs. Mellencamp and Braxton v. Yorke should be good undercard material.

My bet: Bohr over Himmler in the 4th, KO.

At 5:21 PM, Blogger tmay245 said...

Feliz Cumpleanos, amigo! Have a great 45, or a colt 45 and celebrate the Beer tax riots.. Speaking of beer, I made it to the Denver Beer fest and got backstage passes from a frat brother turned brewer. We had a fun time, we drank some beer, then drank some more beer, then went to a party and drank more beer, then we went out and drank some tequila. I'm glad he lives far, far away in Kentucky, I know my wife would leave me if he lived in the same town.

At 9:42 PM, Blogger Tony Plutonium said...

PC - Actually, I want to see Andy Devine throwing down on Vlad Putin!

TM - Saw the photos - looks like a dynamite time! There's a pretty big beerfest at the old Durham Bulls ballpark every fall that I have yet to make it to (was Saturday, as a matter of fact) - there are quite a few fine microbrewers around here now (although yes, I realize that in Colorado microbrews are kinda like Starbucks). Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill is one of the first microcanners (although once again, the real first was Dales Pale Ale in CO).

At 3:41 PM, Blogger mapgirl said...

Nobody can top Yo Yo Ma.

Hope you had a GREAT bday.



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