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Friday, April 14, 2006

What happened on my birthday?

Brian over at Memento Moron has put out a call for a Birthday Meme (I didn't even know what a "meme" was until I started blogging). The idea is to go to Wikipedia and look up your birth date (excluding the year); then, list three interesting historical events that occurred on that day, two births, and one death. (I'm going to break the rules and put more than three events, because lots of interesting things happened on my birthday.)

So, here's mine for March 9:

  • 1841 - The Supreme Court of the United States rules in the Amistad case, concerning captive Africans who seized control of the slave-trading ship carrying them: the court rules that they had been taken into slavery illegally.
  • 1933 - Great Depression: The U.S. Congress begins its first 100 days of enacting New DealFranklin D. Roosevelt submits the Emergency Banking Act to Congress.
  • 1959 - The Barbie doll debuts (in honor of my little girls).
  • 1964 - The first Ford Mustang rolls off the assembly line at Ford Motor Company.
  • 1981 - Ketchup is declared a vegetable, to help public schools with the balanced meal plan.
  • 1986 - United States Navy divers find the largely intact but heavily-damaged crew compartment of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The bodies of all seven astronauts were still inside.
  • 2005 - Dan Rather presents his final broadcast of the CBS Evening News.


  • At 4/14/2006 10:39 AM, Blogger Bob said…

    You mean that the ketchup debaclr preceded the Reagan Presidency? Wow!

  • At 4/14/2006 11:05 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Nope. Reagan took office in January 1981.

  • At 4/19/2006 1:08 AM, Blogger activist kaza said…

    I always liked Benny too (another life-long GIANTs fan here) but think he might have been one of the biggest steroid abusers in baseball during his SF "comeback" years.

    Unfortunately, Barry is taking the heat at the moment for every one of those guys! Read Jim Leyland's comments in today's news for more perspective on this.


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