Saturday, February 28, 2009

On That Day In History

I was born on January 27--which makes me, as I like to say, Aqueerius.
Here are some other important events that happened that day:

1825: The US Congress approves Indian Territory--in present-day Oklahoma--clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the "Trail of Tears."
1870: The first women's fraternity, Kappa Alpha Theta, is formed at DePauw University.
1888: The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C..
1951: Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flats.
1967: Apollo 1 - Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee are killed in a fire during a test of the spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center.
1967: More than sixty nations sign the Outer Space Treaty banning nuclear weapons in space.
1967: The Doors self titled debut album is released.
1973: Paris Peace Accords officially end the Vietnam War.
1996: Germany first observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

And here are some other important people born that day:

1756: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
1832: Lewis Carroll, English author.
1850: Edward J. Smith, captain of the Titanic.
1885: Jerome Kern, American composer.
1908: William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate.
1912: Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher and Diana Ross' second husband.
1918: Skitch Henderson, bandleader.
1918: Elmore James, blues musician.
1921: Donna Reed, actress.
1930: Bobby Blue Bland, singer.
1933: Mohamed Al-Fayed, billionaire businessman.
1936: Troy Donahue, actor.
1940: James Cromwell, actor.
1944: Nick Mason, Pink Floyd drummer.
1948: Mikhail Baryshnikov, dancer.
1949: Ethan Mordden, author.
1959: Keith Olbermann, news presenter .
1961: Marciso Rodriguez, fashion designer.
1964: Bridget Fonda, actress.
1965: Alan Cumming, actor.
1980: Marat Safin, tennis player.
1987: Zuleidy, Spanish porn star.

These other important people, sadly, died on January 27th:

1595: Sir Francis Drake, explorer.
1837: Alexander Pushkin, poet.
1851: John James Audubon, naturalist and ornithologist.
1901: Giuseppe Verdi, composer.
1910: Thomas Crapper, inventor.
1922: Nellie Bly, journalist and writer.
1967: Roger Chaffee - Crew of Apollo 1.
1967: Virgil "Gus" Grissom - Crew of Apollo 1.
1967: Edward White - Crew of Apollo 1.
1972: Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer.
1993: Andre the Giant, professional wrestler and actor.
2004: Jack Paar, television show host.
2009: John Updike, novelist.


Lou said...

Jeez it all happens on January 27 ay?

Berry Blog said...

You forgot just one grandfather was born on Jan 27th. He was a blustery old local cop whose bark was worse than his bite. He was the town's foremost sidewalk lawyer and justice of the peace, and notary public. I had to be 18 at 6 years old to stand up as a witness to civil unions with my grandmother, the parakeet.

This is the man who loved me more than anybody in the world and when he found out I was gay, figured that cutting off cakes, pies, ice cream and candy in the house would straighten me out. He was sure it was his fault I was a goddamned pansy because he filled me with "swill".

Happy belated birthday.

Joy said...

You and Keith on the same day! Quite an interesting list born on your day!

Btw, why are you posting this now instead of on your birthday? Just curious, fellow air-head sign!! :-)

Bob said...

I saw a post on, lou's site, and she gave me the idea. I am Wikipedia-challenged and didn't know you could look up a date.
So I looked and posted. I didn't want to wait til next year!

Anonymous said...

Nothing more appealing than a man with intellect!