Saturday, August 3, 2013

I Share My Birthday With Some Pretty Cool People...

I share my birthday (August 6th) with some cool people; my childhood friends Michael Needham and Debbie Goodson Jackson and high school friend Dustin Ensminger. As well as some pretty cool famous people: Clara Bow, Sir Alexander Fleming, Lucille Ball, Robert Mitchum, Andy Warhol, Soleil Moon Frye, M. Night Shyamalan, Ginger Spice, Catherine Hicks, Lord Tennyson, George Stroumboulopolis.

Some neat events happened on my birthday: General George Washington establishes the Badge of Military Merit, known today as the Purple Heart. Nineteen-year-old Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel, completing the journey in 14 hours 31 minutes. 1934 U.S. troops leave Haiti, which had been occupied since 1915. The Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Bolivia gains independence from Spain. First autobahn opens in Germany. Jamaica gains independence from the UK.  Stevie Wonder involved in car crash, goes into a 4 day coma. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act which outlaws discriminatory voting practices which had been used to stop African-American voting. Beatles release "Help" album in U.K.  The Curiosity rover controlled by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, lands safely on the surface of Mars.

Sadly, Rick James and John Hughes passed away on this day.