1.24.2007

On this day in history


I was eight hours old when Johnny Rotten took the stage

41
Roman Emperor Caligula is assassinated by the Praetorian Guards

76
Hadrian, Roman Emperor, is born

1679
King Charles II of England disbands Parliament

1848
James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill, California Gold Rush begins

1857
The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia

1862
Edith Wharton, American writer, is born

1908
Robert Baden-Powell founds the boy scouts

1916
In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad, the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional.

1918
Oral Roberts, American evangelist, is born

1924
St. Petersburg, Russia is renamed Leningrad.

1925
Maria Tallchief, American ballerina, is born

1927
Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film, The Pleasure Garden, in England

1941
Neil Diamond, American singer, is born

1944
Klaus Nomi, German synth-pop messiah, is born

1965
Winston Churchill dies

1966
An Air India Boeing 707 jet crashes on Mont Blanc, on the border between France and Italy, killing 117

1977
Massacre of Atocha in Madrid, during the Spanish transition to democracy

1978
A blogger is born

Another blogger is born on this day, but I'll spare her the indignity of mentioning the year!

1984
The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale

1986
L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology founder and general crackpot, dies

Wapping dispute. Newspaper workers in London launch ultimately unsuccessful strike against Rupert Murdoch's News International

1989
Ted Bundy, American serial killer, is executed

1993
Thurgood Marshall, first black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies

2003
The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation

2006
Disney agrees to purchase Pixar in an all-cash deal, making Steve Jobs the largest shareholder in Disney

2007
Annamaria takes a silly idea way too far

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annamaria at 6:41 AM

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at Wednesday, January 24, 2007 4:32:00 PM Anonymous rich said...

Neil Diamond and Klaus Nomi... so much cooler than anyone I share my birthday with! :)

 
at Thursday, January 25, 2007 2:14:00 PM Blogger Kurt said...

ummmmmmmm.
I was going to take the other side of that equation involving Neil Diamond and link him with L Ron Hubbard and Oral Roberts as people who, while not directly impacting my life, have had a negative effect on it...
good and bad in all things I guess.
Happy Birthday Bloggers!

 
at Thursday, January 25, 2007 2:53:00 PM Blogger annamaria said...

Kurt! How can you hate on Neil Diamond like that? Sweet Caroline? Kentucky Woman? How is it even possible that these songs don't fill your heart with joy and happiness? Clearly you are not human.

Besides, Rich shares his birthday with George Hamilton and Miss Cleo. My birthday is indisputably cooler.

 
at Monday, January 29, 2007 9:34:00 AM Blogger Kurt said...

sorry annamaria. i wasn't trying to deny the coolness of your day. neil just struck me wrong somehow and he slid right into the same category with Barry Manilow, Liza Minelli and Babs Streisand - there is no denying the talent these folks have and they are supreme entertainers but for a young little hippie wannabe back in the 70s, their cool didn't mesh with mine.
I know the words to both the Diamond songs you mentioned, plus probably several more from having heard them so many times. But I saw his performances on so many variety shows of the time - Dinah Shore, Mike Douglas, Flip Wilson Show, et al. He struck me as an old Donnie Osmond. Gimme Johnnie Cash instead...

 

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