Tuesday, August 07, 2007

NFB: On This Day in History

I was tagged by my friend Katy to do this MeMe. It's a bit challenging but GOOGLE is your friend!

On this day in History...

Today is Tuesday, August 7, 2007. This is the 219th day of the year, with 146 days remaining in 2007.

Fact of the Day: climate

Climate (the word) is from Greek term meaning "slope or inclination of the earth and sky from the equator to the poles," i.e. a zone of the earth occupying a particular elevation (a clime). The word as referring to an atmospheric/weather condition was first mentioned by Shakespeare in 1611.

Feast day of St. Donatus of Arezzo, St. Victricius, Saints Agapitus, Sixtus II and Felicissimus, St. Dogmetius the Persian, St. Albert of Trapani, St. Claudia, and St. Cajetan or Gaetano.

Colombia: Battle of Boyaca.

Cote d'Ivoire: National Day.

1782 - George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart.

1789 - The U.S. War Department was established by Congress.

1794 - The Whiskey Rebellion took place, a fight over excise taxes imposed on whiskey-making.

1807 - The first serviceable steamboat, the Clermont (called by some "Fulton's Folly," made its first journey, traveling from New York City to Albany.

1934 - In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the government can neither confiscate nor ban James Joyce's novel "Ulysses."

1942 - U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.

1959 - The U.S. launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth.

1960 - The Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) achieved independence from France.

1964 - Congress overwhelmingly passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which allowed the President to use unlimited military force to prevent attacks on U.S. forces.

1998 - A massive truck bomb exploded outside the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, and another truck bomb detonated outside the U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224 people, including 12 Americans, and wounding more than 5,500. The United States accused Saudi exile Osama bin Laden, a proponent of international terrorism against America, of masterminding the bombings.

2000 - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore selected Connecticut senator Joseph Lieberman to be the first Jewish vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket.

1742 - Nathanael Greene, general American Revolutionary War.

1876 - Mata Hari (Gertrud Margarete Zelle), Dutch-born dancer, courtesan, double agent.

1903 - Louis Leakey, British archaeologist.

1942 - Garrison Keillor, American humorist, radio host.

1957 - Oliver Hardy, American film comedian who teamed up with Stan Laurel to form the comic team of Laurel and Hardy.

Tagging: Anyone who wishes to do this!



At 7:22 PM, Anonymous TitanKT said...

Actually, Jen, it may be a little more fun if you look up your birthday... um, I'm thinking now I must've failed to include the instructions which are that you put your birthday in Wikipedia and then pick three events, two famous people who share your birthday and one holiday that falls on your birthday. And there was a bunch of other stuff that you're supposed to do listing links to other people's blogs, which you could probably skip.

If you don't want to start over, and I don't blame you... it's still kind of fun to look up your birthday on Wikipedia.

Sorry I didn't put the rules on, though. My fault!

At 10:30 AM, Blogger wheresmymind said...

mmm...Whiskey Rebellion!!

At 4:03 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Ahhh, well I'll try to remember for my birthday then! :)


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