Friday, April 07, 2006

On This Day in History

Here's one of those meme thingies making the rounds. If you're so inclined, consider yourself tagged.

Go to Wikipedia and search on your birthday, omitting the year. Then list 3 facts, 2 births and 1 death from that date in history. Here are the ones that jumped out at me:

August 17

FACTS
1807 - Robert Fulton's first American steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.

1969 - Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage. (My name is Camille, and we had just visited the area a couple of months earlier. Coincidence?)

1998 - Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship

BIRTHS

1786 - Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and soldier (d. 1836)
1893 - Mae West, American actress and playwright (d. 1980)

DEATH

1983 - Ira Gershwin, American lyricist (b. 1896

1 Comments:

Blogger kimananda said...

Hey, that's a cool idea...I don't know if I'll post about it, but I'm off to look at the idea now. Thanks!

4:10 PM  

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