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]


All Grown Up

Filed under: — Kate @ 12:49 pm EST

One of the people in this photo…

…graduated from high school this week.

Can you guess which one? The answer after the jump. (more…)


Cheer Up, Sleepy Jean

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:28 pm EST

I have several college students who work in my office. Yesterday, I overheard them whispering about the meaning of “4/20,” like it was some big secret. So as I walked out into the other room, I quietly said “Everybody knows that.”

They all giggled, of course. Then I mentioned how I’d once been dragged to a George Clinton concert on 4/20, and ended up almost suffocating.

“George Clinton?” one of them asked, “Who’s that?”

“George Clinton. You know, Parliament? Funkadelic. The P.Funk All-Stars. One of the grandfathers of funk.”

Getting only blank stares, I just mumbled “Oh, nevermind.”

Then the discussion somehow turned to music that’s appropriate for kids. Someone brought up Dave Matthews Band (though I can’t imagine why…), and how there are always a lot of kids at those concerts. She said it surprised her, since DMB songs have a lot of language that isn’t appropriate for kids.

“Oh good lord,” I thought, and then asked aloud “Would you rather have your kids listening to Britney Spears?”

“Good point,” she replied.

Then I told them that I grew up listening to my parents’ music; lots of folk and Motown, some Simon & Garfunkel, CSNY, Billy Joel, Elton John, etc. [This isn’t to say that my parents weren’t strict about the language in any new songs to which I might have been listening. They just sort of forgot it was also present in some of their music. I used that argument to my benefit once I got a little older.]

But I digress. So anyway, as an afterthought I said “Oh, and the Monkees! I loved the Monkees!”

Blank stares again. “What’s the Monkees?”



I’m Too Old to Have Another Birthday

Filed under: — Kate @ 12:04 am EST

Happy birthday to Holz! Happy birthday to me!

As Holz put it to me earlier, “We’re not even in a new age bracket. We’re just in our late twenties.” Translation: we’re old.

So in honor of the anniversary of our births, here’s some completely useless information about the birthday song: Fun Facts—Happy Birthday to You.