7/11/2006

Birthday Girl

Filed under: — Kate @ 6:32 am EST

Holz and I are another year older today!

(I know, I know, try to contain your excitement.)

So, in honor of our continued aging, here’s some useless information about 7/11 throughout history…

On July 11, 1274, Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland was born.

On July 11, 1533, Pope Clement VII excommunicated England’s King Henry VIII.

On July 11, 1767, John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States, was born.

On July 11, 1798, the current US Marine Corps was formed.

On July 11, 1804, Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr killed Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel near Weehawken, NJ.

On July 11, 1838, John Wanamaker, founder of Wanamaker’s department stores, was born.

On July 11, 1889, the city of Tijuana, Mexico was founded.

On July 11, 1899, American writer E. B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web, was born.

On July 11, 1914, Babe Ruth made his major league baseball debut with the Boston Red Sox.

On July 11, 1921, former US President William Howard Taft was sworn in as the tenth Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, becoming the only person to ever be both President and Chief Justice.

On July 11, 1934, Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani was born.

On July 11, 1959, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was born.

On July 11, 1969, David Bowie’s first hit single, Space Oddity, was released.

On July 11, 1979, after over six years in space, Skylab, the first American space station, reentered the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean and Australia.

On July 11, 1987, the world population reached 5 billion (according to the United Nations).

On July 11, 1991, there was a total solar eclipse in Hawaii. [I remember using a homemade pinhole projection viewer to watch the partial version of this eclipse during my birthday party.]

See Also:
-July 11 [Wikipedia]
-On This Day [NYT]
-On This Day [Encarta]
-This Day in History [The History Channel]
-July 11 [On-This-Day.com]

12 Responses to “Birthday Girl”

  1. Ellen Says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

  2. daveT Says:

    happidy birfday!

    i’m still older than you…

  3. Amber Says:

    Happy happy, Kate. Hope you have a wonderful fabulous celebration that includes all of your favorite things!

  4. Linds Says:

    Happy b-day to you, Holz and Al MacInnis.

  5. Lushy Says:

    Happy 7-11!!!

  6. Stan Says:

    Like I told Holz, I hope it was a happy one since I’m so late that it’s almost over.

  7. Heather Says:

    Happy birthday, Kate!!!!!!:)

  8. Kate Says:

    Thanks everyone!! :-)

  9. howard Says:

    Wow, how’d I miss that - happy belated birthday, you cancerous thing, you (or something like that). There was another birthday on the eleventh I think… oh yeah, this guy. Small world.

  10. Kate Says:

    Thanks Howard! :-)

  11. Ashley R Says:

    Ooh, whoops, sorry Kate I missed it. Happy Birthday early for next year then! ^_^

    Up until this year, you could have added that 7-11-1804 was the last time a sitting US vice-pres ever shot someone. ;)

  12. Kate Says:

    No worries, Ash. Thanks! :-)