Go to www.Wikipedia.org Type in the day and month of your birth. Pick out the coolest stuff that happened on that day.
* 1192 - Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the de facto ruler of Japan. (Traditional Japanese date: July 12, 1192)
* 1680 - Pueblo Indians capture Santa Fe from Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt
* 1770 - James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
* 1772 - King Gustav III completes his coup d'etat by adopting a new Constitution, ending half a century of parliamentary rule in Sweden and installing him as an enlightened despot.
* 1831 - Nat Turner leads slave revolt in Southampton County, Virginia
* 1841 - The Venetian blind is first patented in the United States by John Hampson.
* 1852 - Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory
* 1856 - America's first consul to Japan, Townsend Harris, arrives in Shimoda. (Traditional Japanese date: July 21, 1856)
* 1858 - The Lincoln-Douglas debates begin
* 1863 - Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerillas Quantrill's Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
* 1878 - The American Bar Association is founded
* 1879 - The Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist reportedly appear to the people of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.
* 1888 - The first successful adding machine in the United States was patented by William Seward Burroughs.
* 1911 - The Mona Lisa was stolen by a Louvre employee.
* 1944 - Dumbarton Oaks Conference, prelude to the United Nations, begins.
* 1959 - President Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.
* 1968 - Soviet Union-dominated Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring; on the same day, Nicolae Ceauşescu, leader of Communist Romania, publicly condemns the Soviet maneuver, encouraging the Romanian population to arm itself against possible Soviet reprisals.
* 1971 - Black Panther George Jackson is shot and killed in the prison yard at California's San Quentin prison.
* 1986 - Carbon dioxide gas erupts from volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, killing over 1700 people up to 20 kilometers away.
* 1991 - Latvia declares its full independence from the Soviet Union.
* 1991 - Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
* 1993 - NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.
* 1998 - The United States destroys a pharmaceutical plant (erroneously believed to be a chemical weapons plant) in Sudan.
* 2001 - A sixth-century temple is discovered in central Mexico.
* 2002 - Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada, announces that he will not seek re-election and would resign within eighteen months.
* 2004 - A grenade attack on Bangladesh Awamee League, the bigest political party in Bangladesh kills 22 and injures more than a thousand, including party president Sheikh Hasina.
* 1165 - King Philip II of France (d. 1223)
* 1535 - Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1619)
* 1567 - Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva and saint (d. 1622)
* 1754 - William Murdoch, Scottish inventor (d. 1839)
* 1765 - William IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1837)
* 1904 - William "Count" Basie, American bandleader (d. 1984)
* 1906 - Friz Freleng, American movie animator (d. 1995)
* 1923 - Shimon Peres, Prime Minister of Israel, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
* 1930 - Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (d. 2002)
* 1932 - Melvin Van Peebles, American actor and screenwriter
* 1936 - Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player (d. 1999)
* 1938 - Kenny Rogers, American singer and actor
* 1939 - James Burton, American guitarist
* 1944 - Peter Weir, Australian film director
* 1952 - Joe Strummer, British musician and singer (The Clash) (d. 2002)
* 1954 - Ivan Stang, American writer
* 1956 - Kim Cattrall, English-born actress
* 1157 - King Alfonso VII of Castile (b. 1104/1105)
* 1153 - Bernard of Clairvaux, French theologian (b. 1090)
* 1271 - Alphonse of Toulouse, son of Louis VIII of France (b. 1220)
* 1581 - Sakuma Nobumori, Japanese retainer and samurai (b. 1527)
* 1614 - Elizabeth Báthory, the world's most prolific female serial killer (b. 1560)
* 1689 - William Cleland, Scottish poet and soldier
* 1940 - Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary (b. 1879)
* 1940 - Ernest Lawrence Thayer, American poet (b. 1863)
* 2005 - Robert Moog, American pioneer of electronic music (b. 1934)
Holidays and observances
* Ninoy Aquino Day - special holiday in the Philippines.
* Roman festivals - Consualia, in honor of Consus, is held
* RC saints - Pope Pius X
* Orthodox - Thaddaeus
My day isn't nearly as interesting as some folks' are. There were a LOT of mathematicians and chemists I've never heard of born on that date. They must have used up all the science knowledge for people born on this date.
This one came from sillymagpie:
Find your Celestial Choir
Well, the weekend comes to an end. I didn't get nearly as much done as I'd hoped I would, but still not a bad piece of work. We took the afternoon yesterday and went to the Phoenix Zoo, forgetting to bring along the camera (duh), but had a great time. It's already getting pretty hot here (88F today), but it was still a great day. sillymagpie got a few shots because she remembered HER camera, but her batteries went out shortly after passing through Monkey Village. Hee! So cute. By the time we got over to the Arizona Trail, though, all the native critters were underground and all we saw were a couple of common ravens. But through the zoo we got to see the golden tamarins and various monkeys and caught of a glimpse of the brand-new orangutan baby, and even the great male was out (my GOD, he's HUGE!!!). The macaws posed and the ocelot was pulling the "I'm staring at something you can't see" cat trick. It was a good day.
Now I'm making potato/leek soup with rice and chicken. Should be pretty good.