Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Happy Birthday To Me

I received a wonderful birthday card today - a friend made all these little individual cards depicting events that have occurred on my birthday. (Thanks, D.) So this is what's been going down on August 1:

1498 - Christopher Columbus lands on "Isla Santa" (Venezuela)
1774 - The element oxygen is discovered by Wilhelm and Priestley
1785 - Caroline Herschel becomes first woman discoverer of a comet
1834 - Slavery abolished in British empire
1867 - Blacks vote for first time in a state election in South (Tennessee)
1873 - The first cable streetcar in America begins operation on Clay Street Hill in San Francisco
1902 - The United States buys the rights to the Panama Canal from France
1944 - Anne Frank makes the last entry in her diary
1960 - Aretha Franklin makes her first secular recordings, which includes "Today I Sing the Blues"
1964 - Beatles' "Hard Day's Night" single goes to #1
1971 - Sonny and Cher debuts on television
1978 - The soon-to-be Dr. Sarah Williams is born
1981 - MTV broadcasts its first video, "Video Killed The Radio Star" by the Buggles

There has also been a lot of war on my birthday, but why dwell on that? All hail me, it's my birthday!


Hilaire said...

A very happy birthday!

Sarah said...