Thursday, December 21, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things That Happened in History Today (My Birthday)

1620 - The Mayflower, and its passengers, pilgrims from England, landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts.

1849 - The first ice-skating club in America was formed -- in Philadelphia, PA.

1913 - Readers of the New York World Sunday edition were treated to a crossword puzzle as an added feature of the Fun supplement.

1914 - Marie Dressler, Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Mack Swain appeared in the first six-reel, feature-length comedy. The film was directed by Mack Sennett and was lovingly titled, Tillie’s Punctured Romance.

1944 - Horse racing was banned in the United States until after World War II.

1945 - U.S. General George Patton died in a German hospital this day. ‘Old Blood and Guts’, whose Third Army swept across France and into Germany after the Normandy Invasion, had been injured in a car crash near Mannheim, Germany twelve days earlier. He is buried among the soldiers who died in the Battle of the Bulge in Hamm, Luxembourg.

1966 - The Beach Boys received a gold record for the single, Good Vibrations. A-one, and a-two and... “...I’m pickin’ up good vibrations. She’s givin’ me excitations...”

1967 - The Rolling Stones LP, Their Satanic Majesties Request, was released. It cost $50,000 to produce and came complete with a 3-D photograph of the Stones on the cover.

1981 - Cincinnati defeated Bradley 75-73 in seven overtimes! The game became the longest collegiate basketball game in the history of NCAA Division I competition. The marathon game was played in Peoria, IL. If it can play there... it can play anywhere!

1984*- Erika Was Born

1985 - Bruce Springsteen’s album, Born in the USA, passed Michael Jackson’s Thriller to become the second longest-lasting LP in the top 10. It stayed there for 79 weeks. Only The Sound of Music, with Julie Andrews, lasted longer: 109 weeks.

1988 - Pan Am World Airways Flight 103 was the target of a terrorist attack this day. The jet exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland killing 259 passengers and crew, plus eleven people who were on the ground at the site of the crash. (In Jan 2001 Libyan Abdel Baset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi was found guilty of planting the bomb that blew up the plane.)

1991 - The Soviet Union formally ceased to exist and was dissolved into Russia and fourteen other independent countries. The U.S. supported the change and pledged to extend as much help as possible to the new Russian state under Boris Yeltsin.

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  1. You might wanna re-think the date on #10, d'oh!

    Happy Birthday Erika!

  2. A good list. Happy TT and also Happy Birthday to you too. :)

  3. Happy Birthday!!!!!! Did you know Born in the USA was the first CD ever made for mass sales?

  4. Happy Birthday to you Erika :)

  5. H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y !!!!

    and Superior list!

  6. Thanks! I wanted to give credit for my source on this one, but I "X-ed" out too quickly!