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Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Well, if I write a post about my mom’s birthday, I can’t leave out dear old dad. So, here’s to you, Dad! Happy Birthday and I love you. Here is a recap of other reasons July 1st is so special:

Other important and/or famous people such as Estée Lauder, Sydney Pollack, Twyla Tharp, Terrance Mann, Dan Aykroyd, Princess Diana, Pamela Anderson, Missy Elliott, and Liv Tyler were also born on this day.

Not only is this my dad’s birthday, but it is also Canada Day, Ghana Republic Day, and many Saints days around the world.

July 1st is the 183rd day of this year and the half way marker of this leap year.

Some past famous days in history include the following:

  • 1858 – The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg begins.
  • 1870 – The United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence.
  • 1881 – The world’s first international telephone call takes place between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States.
  • 1921 – The Communist Party of China is founded.
  • 1931 – United Airlines began service (as Boeing Air Transport).
  • 1962 – Independence of Rwanda.
  • 1972 – The first Gay Pride march in England takes place.
  • 1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman.
  • 1980 – O Canada officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • 1984 – The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA.
  • 1991 – The Warsaw Pact is officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague.
  • 1997 – The People’s Republic of China resumes sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule.
  • 2000 – The Oresund Bridge, connecting Sweden and Denmark, opens for traffic.
  • 2007 – Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces. With the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. The ban is also put into effect in Australia.

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Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is my Mom’s birthday! Past 50 and still looking gorgeous. monkey In honor of one of the most extraordinary women I know, here is a recap of what has happened in past years on this day:

JUNE 18th

  • 1429 – French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeat the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay. This turns the tide of the Hundred Years’ War.
  • 1767 – Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island.
  • 1778 – American Revolutionary War: British troops abandon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1812War of 1812: the U.S. Congress declares war on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • 1873 – Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
  • 1953 – The Republic of Egypt is declared and the monarchy is abolished.
  • 1981 – The AIDS epidemic is formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California.
  • 1983 – Space Shuttle program: STS-7, Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.

My mom shares her birthday with the following famous people:

Roger Ebert, Paul McCartney, Isabella Rossellini, Carol Kane, Nathan Morris of Boys II Men, and Blake Shelton.

Not too shabby for the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years!)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I LOVE YOU!

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