Thursday, March 05, 2009

Happy Birthday to me

Hooray for birthdays! It's been a good one :-)

By the way, according to the NY Times:

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On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. (Go to article.)

On March 5, 1908, Sir Rex Harrison, the Academy Award-winning English stage and film actor, was born. Following his death on June 2, 1990, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)

Editorial Cartoon of the Day

On March 5, 1870, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about women in business. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)

On this date in:

1770 The Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers, taunted by a crowd of colonists, opened fire, killing five people.

1867 An abortive Fenian uprising against English rule took place in Ireland.

1868 The Senate was organized into a court of impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson.

1933 The Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote in German parliamentary elections, enabling it to join with the Nationalists to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.

1953 Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at age 73 after nearly three decades in power.

1963 Country music singer Patsy Cline died in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn., at age 30.

1970 A nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.

1982 Comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose at age 33.

1997 Representatives of North Korea and South Korea met for first time in 25 years, for peace talks in New York.

2001 Vice President Dick Cheney underwent an angioplasty for a partially blocked artery.

2004 Martha Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone Systems Inc. stock just before the price plummeted.

2006 AT&T Inc. announced it was buying BellSouth Corp., a big step toward resurrecting the old Ma Bell telephone system.


  1. Yes, happy birthday! I was going to send a text or a Racebook message or even a traditional phone call, but my phone is on the fritz today. I suppose this will have to do!

    PS - Awesome banner on the wall! ("Unit 6: The World in Crisis: 1914-1945") I wonder how the post-9/11 crisis will compare in tomorrow's history.

  2. Um, yeah. Not Racebook, Facebook.

    glad you had a wonderful birthday...

  4. glad you had a great birthday! I can't believe you were only 20 when we first met. Time flies!



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