Saturday, May 29, 2010

On This Day in History

On this day 40 years ago, in a small town in Kentucky, I was born. No matter how many times I do the math, I can't believe I'm 40. I don't feel 40.

Curious about what else might have happened on all the May 29th dates in history, I did a little research and here's what I found:

In 1453, Constantinople fell to the Turks, who renamed it Istanbul.

In 1660, Charles II was restored to the English throne after 11 years of commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell. It happened to be Charles' 30th birthday. (Interesting, since I just started watching the first season of The Tudors.)

In 1765, U.S. patriot Patrick Henry presented the Virginia Resolutions and said, "If this be treason, make the most of it." It was his 29th birthday.

In 1790, Rhode Island became the last of the original 13 colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state.

In 1903, Bob Hope was born.

In 1917, John F. Kennedy was born.

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first mountain climbers to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.

In 1958, Annette Bening was born in Topeka, Kansas.

In 1959, actor Adrian Paul (of TV's Highlander) was born.

Okay, everyone, play along. What historic things happened on your date of birth? With whom do you share a birthday?

And for everyone in the U.S., have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy those cookouts! I know I will.


flchen1 said...

Happy birthday, Trish!!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Thanks, Fedora. And congrats on capturing the golden one. Whatever will you do with him today?

flchen1 said...

Hmm... I think the kids would enjoy hanging out with him--it's been awhile ;) He'd better get ready to shake those tail feathers!

As for my birthday, in 1803, the Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans. In 1977, Djibouti and Vietnam join the UN. In 1996, NeXT merges with Apple Computer :) LOL! Who knew?

Are you doing anything special to celebrate this one, Trish?

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

HAPPY BIG 4-0 Trish!

Don't worry, 40 is the new 30. ;-) And as any mechanic will tell you, it's not the years, it's the MILEAGE!

I happen to share a bday with Steven Spielberg and Brad Pitt. I'm slightly younger than Steve and slightly older than Brad... and a LOT POORER than both of them! :-P


limecello said...

Happy birthday, Trish!!!

Lovely post :D And wow - Patrick Henry was only 29? Gah.
As for the Tudors- I like the show :X but am somewhat glad it's the last season. Love Henry Cavill though. I actually liked Jonathan Rhys Meyers less and less with each season/episode- so maybe he's doing a good job? :X Also couldn't stand the girl who played Anne B.

Anyway, yay! I hope you have a fantastic day and get to eat as much cake and ice cream as you want :)

Congrats on the GR, Fedora!

Kim in Hawaii said...

Trish, you are in good company!

This was a fun exercise in personal history.

I share a birthday with Shelly Long, Rick Springfield plus two spouses in my neighborhood.

Plus on my birthday in history:

1305 – William Wallace, Scottish patriot, is excuted for high treason by Edward I of England.

1775 – King George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion.

1839 – The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares for war with Qing China.

1990 – Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western "guests" - I do remember this!

Jane said...

Happy Birthday, Trish. I hope you get all you desire. Apparently I share a birthday with Nero, but we don't share the same traits. In 1903 the Wright brothers make their first attempt to launch the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk.

Congrats, Fedora.

barb said...

Happy Birthday Trish and I say life begins then

I must say first that I share a birthday with my brother as we are twins ...... I also am a couple of years older than Rod Stewart.... I looked for something romantic and found this ....Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning begin corresponding ..... also this....Actress Mary Pickford marries actor Douglas Fairbanks

Congratulations Barbara

Helen said...

Congrats Fedora have fun with him

Happy Birthday Trish I do hope you have a wonderful day. As for things that happened on my birthday 2nd April
1956 The first episode of As The World Turns started
1972 Charlie Chaplin returns to the USA after a self imposed exile
As for people born on 2nd April
1725 Casanova
1805 Hans Christian Andersen
1914 Alec Guiness
1929 Catherine Gaskin
1939 Marvin P Gaye

Have Fun

Helen said...

You know how much I love Rod Stewart LOL

Have Fun

Anna Sugden said...

Happy Birthday, Trish!! I have to say I've enjoyed being in my 40's so much more than my 30's!

We have a Bank Holiday these weekend too - not Memorial Day, but what was originally called Whit Weekend, to honour Whitsun. We have several of these public holidays over here. Including one in August.

I know I was born on the last bank holiday to be held at the beginning of August - it was moved to the end of the month after I was born.

August 5th:

Marilyn Monroe died in 1962

The nuclear test ban treaty was signed in 1963 - on the day I was born!

Mark McGwire hit his 500th home run in 1999

The tide began to turn on women's suffrage in 1920

American Bandstand debuted in 1957

Lots of other fun stuff - I've enjoyed reseraching it!

I share a birthday with:

Neil Armstrong
John Huston
Elephant Man
Joan Hickson
Robert Taylor
Loni Anderson
Maureen McCormick
Mark Mulder
Carl Crawford
And - Herb Brooks (the man behind Miracle on Ice!)

Lots of famous people seem to have died on this date including Richard Burton and Alec Guinness

It's Independence Day in Burkina Faso and Thanksgiving in Croatia

MJFredrick said...

Happy birthday!!!!!!!!

The most memorable thing for me, a native Texan, is that Sam Houston's army defeated Santa Ana in the Battle of San Jacinto, thus ensuring Texas's independence. Because of that, we celebrate Fiesta in San Antonio every year, right around my birthday.

How cool that you share a birthday with JFK. I share mine with Iggy Pop and Tony Danza :-/

PJ said...

Happy Birthday, Trish! My 40's were good, full of adventure and fun, but my 50's have been even better. Think of all you have to look forward to! :) Enjoy!

On my birthday, September 20:

1853: Elisah Graves Otis sold his first elevator.

1881: Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as President of the United States.

1946: The first Cannes Film Festival was held in Cannes, France.

1958: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (with gorgeous and sexy Paul Newman) was released.

1973: Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in straight sets in the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match.

1984: "The Cosby Show" premiered on television.

A few of the people I share my birthday with:

Sophia Loren

Guy LaFleur (for VAnna: legendary Hall of Fame hockey player. We share a birthday and a birthdate)

"Jelly Roll" Morton
Upton Sinclair
Alexander the Great

Anna Sugden said...

Ooh PJ - Guy LaFleur, no less! Very cool.

MJ! Great to see you!

MJFredrick said...

You, too, Anna! I'm with you--my 40s are better than my 30s were.

Joan said...

Happy Birthday Trish!!!

Aunty's right though I'D heard that 50 was the new 30 so 40 must be the new 20 :-)

April 13th.

1204 Constantinople fell to the 4th Crusaders...where the found the 3rd, 3nd and 1st Crusaders hanging out in a hooka bar

1796 The first elephant ever seen in the US arrives from was a long swim

1861 Ft. Sumter surrenders to the Confederates

1870 The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded

1902 JC Penney opened his first store...I love that man..and his store!

1970 The oxygen tank explode on Apollo 13...and the rest as they say, is one of my favorite movies

1976 The US Treasury...clever people that they are...introduced the $2 bill.


Guy Fawkes

FW Woolworth (I'm sensing a retail theme here)

Butch Cassidy (Again with the gorgeous Paul Newman)

Samuel Beckett...a fine Irish lad

And Thomas Jefferson whose FABULOUS memorial was also dedicated on April 13..

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Fedora, that's cool about the Louisiana purchase.

We're going out to dinner tonight, and tomorrow there's a big family cookout with the Milburn clan. Hubby took the day off yesterday and we had a fun day -- went out to eat lunch, went to see Iron Man 2, then to Steak & Shake for milkshakes. Last night, we watched Leap Year. I'd seen it in the theater, but he hadn't seen it before. I think it's a cute romantic comedy.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Cindy, LOL about the mileage. And those are some pretty impressive folks with whom to share a birthday.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Lime, yeah, can you imagine being such an important part of history at such a young age? Of course, then, maybe 29 was like 49 with how long people lived. :)

I'm only 4 episodes into season 1 of The Tudors. The person I'm most impressed with is Maria Doyle Kennedy, who plays Queen Katherine of Aragon.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Kim, impressive list, especially the William Wallace one. Man, that scene in Braveheart made me bawl like a baby.

And Rick Springfield, fun. I just saw some photos from another author who had her photo taken with him at BEA (Book Expo America). He was there signing his memoir. Now, see, that's something that could make me feel old if I let it -- Rick Springfield writing memoir.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Jane, what, no desire to watch Rome burn? :)

Hey, I've been to Kitty Hawk. It's pretty out there. Really windy, but pretty.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Barb, cool on being a twin. I've always wondered what that's like.

And how romantic about the Brownings.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Helen, I should probably know this, but why was Charlie Chaplin in self-imposed exile. I admit I know very little about him.

And Casanova, eh? :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Anna, who is Whitsun?

And what a great moment in history to be born with the signing of that treaty.

American Bandstand -- I remember watching that every Saturday as a kid.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

MJ, and here I thought they had Fiesta just for your birthday? :) Seriously, that's a cool historic event to have on your birth date.

MJFredrick said...

That's because I TELL everyone Fiesta is just for my birthday :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

PJ, I love how all of you are telling me the best is yet to come. I certainly like how that sounds.

Sophia Loren and Alexander the Great -- those are impressive people you share a birthday with.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Joan, 40 is the new 20? Hmm, I must be back in college then. I hope I didn't miss my finals. :)

LOL, love all your little comments on the events. A crusaders hanging out in a hooka bar! LOL!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

LOL, MJ. That must be where I heard it. ;)

Christie Kelley said...

Happy birthday, Trish! 40 isn't so bad. I've enjoyed my 40s so far.

So here's what I found out about my birthday, March 21.

It is the first day of the astrological sign, Aries.

Johann Sebastian Bach was born 3/21/1685

Matthew Broderick was born the year before me on 3/21.

In 1413, Henry V became King of England.

1788 – A fire in New Orleans leaves most of the town in ruins.

1804 – Code NapolĂ©on is adopted as French civil law.

1905 – Albert Einstein publishes his theory on special relativity.

1965 – Martin Luther King Jr. leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

I hope you enjoy the Tudors, Trish! I really liked that series. Have a great birthday!!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Christie, impressive list you have, especially the beginning of the Selma march. It's fun finding out these tidbits of history, isn't it?

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Happy Birthday Bandita Trish! You are still a sweet young thing in comparison to some of us. I am old enough to be your mother!

January 29th I share a birthday with Oprah Winfrey, Tom Selleck, W.C. Fields, and John D. Rockefeller Jr.
also in history on that date

2004-A whale explodes in Taiwan

1995-Super Bowl XXIX 49ers defeat the Chargers and become the first NFL team to win 5 Super Bowl titles.

1959-Sleeping Beauty, the last animated feature produced by Walt Disney (based on a fairy tale) was first released.

1929-The Seeing Eye Dog organization is formed.

1856-Queen Victoria institutes the Victoria Cross.

1845-"The Raven" is published in the New York Evening Mirror, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Dianna, you also share a birthday with one of my oldest friends. We've been friends since 7th grade.

Some very cool things on your list. But, what the heck, a whale exploded? How does that happen?

Claudia Dain said...

Happy Birthday, Trish! Welcome to the best time of your life!

Gannon Carr said...

Happy Birthday, Trish! And remember, 40 is the new 30....or maybe even 20! LOL

Joan said...


A WHALE exploded?????


Mo H said...

Happy 40th, Trish!

I share the same birthday as PJ, so you can just read her list again! :)

Virginia said...

Happy Birthday Trish!

Great post! I share a birthday with Jay Leno, president John Monroe and also not one not so nice person, that I want mention.

Anna Sugden said...

Whitsun is a what, not a who *g*, Trish. It's a church celebration - also known as Pentecost, I think - where the Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus' disciples. For us, it marks the beginning of summer.

Nancy said...

Fedora, congrats on the rooster!

Trish, Happy Birthday and safe journeys. :-)

May 29 seems to be a fairly remarkable day. You know I love the Restoration but I'd forgotten this was its official date.

Nancy said...

Limecello wrote: Lovely post :D And wow - Patrick Henry was only 29? Gah.

I know. Makes me feel like a real slow starter. *sigh*

Nancy said...

Jane said: I hope you get all you desire. Apparently I share a birthday with Nero, but we don't share the same traits.

LOL! We assumed not.

Interesting about the Wright Flyer. I live in NC and have visited the Kitty Hawk site, and I didn't know this.

Nancy said...

Dianna--on the whale? What Joan said. :-/

You share Tom Selleck's birthday? Very cool. That man certainly has aged well.

I used to be a huge Magnum fanatic. People knew not to call me on Thursday at 8 'cause I'd be busy watching. I loved the humor in that show as much as the action.

In fact, my Thursdays were Magnum, P.I., Simon & Simon, and Hil Street Blues. Thursdays were no-phone nights. Now, of course, I could watch those shows and do email at the same time--easier multi-tasking than the phone.

Nancy said...

Speaking of multi-tasking, I went upstairs a while ago, and the boy was simultaneously playing an online game and reading.

I could never.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Thanks, Gannon, Mo and Virginia.

Oops, Anna, I'm showing my ignorance, aren't I?

Thanks, Nancy.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Nancy, I wasn't a Magnum P.I. person, but I did see Simon & Simon.

Christine Wells said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TRISH!!! I hope your day is special. You look far too young for 40, Bandita!

Interesting... the best thing I know that happened on my birthday was that the Berlin Wall came down. I remember watching it on TV with tears streaming down my face. How awesome a birthday present was that?

Congrats on the bird, Fedora!

Kate Carlisle said...

Happy Birthday, Trish!! Hope it's wonderful! I'll add my assurance to you that the 40's are fabulous. Enjoy the time for all it's worth. :-)

Among others, I share my birthday with Venus Williams and Barry Manilow. It's uncanny, we three have so much in common!

Happy Memorial Day to all our stateside Banditas and friends!

Anna Sugden said...

No, Trish - just showing that you're not a Brit! I think we'd guessed that *g*. The accent is kind of a give-away!

Nancy - was the boy texting too?

Kate - I'm cracking up at the thought of you and Venus and Bazzer having so much in common!

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Mitzi H. said...

I never thought to look into historical events on my birthday but after doing a quick google search I found this:

Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes

Hahaha....Happy Birthday!!!

gigi said...

Happy Birthday Trish!
May your birthday wish come true.

Anna Campbell said...

Actually further to the Whitsun discussion, we have some VERY beautiful islands off the Queensland coast on the Great Barrier Reef that are the Whitsunday Islands. Apparently Captain Cook discovered them on Whitsun in 1770! A nice fact for Trish's birthday!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Trish, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BANDITA!!! Actually 40 is a good time - you're old enough to know yourself and that makes a big difference! And you don't look a day over 26, me loov!

Ha ha! Well, my birthday (24th August) is a sequence of disasters! Pompeii got covered in lava. The French Catholics massacred the French Protestants in the 16th century. Oh, and I was born - what a terrible trio!

Fedora, congrats on the chook!

Anna Campbell said...

Sorry about the deleted comments, guys - blogger decided I was Jo, which is rather flattering!

Anna Campbell said...

Mitzi, that's a WAAAAYYYYYY cool anniversary to have on your birthday!

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Yeah, the article said no one was injured but it took hours to clean up the mess.

The whale had beached itself and died, they were taking it for an autopsy of sorts, where it had begun to decay inside it produced gases and well, it blew up. Are you listening Bang, bang Banditas, it blew up!

Gillian Layne said...

Happy Birthday!

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, no, Dianna, don't blame the boom girls! I was thinking what a panorama of experience this anniversary is offering us - bravery, love, disaster, glamour, not to mention an exploding whale!

Louisa Cornell said...

What a neat idea for a blog! Happy Birthday Trish!! Hey, 40 is the new 30 so you are just hitting your prime! I just keep celebrating the anniversary of my 29th birthday so I never actually turned 40. On the 11th anniversary of my 29th, however, my darling brothers sent a funeral wreath to my office. I was NOT amused!

And Wow Christine, sharing a birthday with the fall of the Wall is COOL!! My German professor was in Berlin when the wall came down. He called me so that I could hear the whole thing. Even now I can see him in my mind's eye standing there with his phone in the air and every now and then bringing it down to say "Horst du? Horst du?"

Now on my birthday, December 29th here is a little of what happened.

1721 - Madame De Pompadour, mistress of French King Louis the 15th

1800 - Charles Goodyear, inventor (vulcanization process for rubber)

1806 - William Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister

1869 - Bill Howell, cricketer (Australian bowler at turn of century)

1876 - Pablo Casals, Vendrell Catalonia Spain, violinist/conductor/composer

1879 - Billy Mitchell, aviation hero Gen (WW I)

1937 - Mary Tyler Moore, Bkln, actress (Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People)

1941 - Ray Thomas, England, rock vocalist (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin)

1972 - Jude Law, British actor


1170 - Thomas Becket: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

1778 - English troops occupy Savannah, Georgia

1786 - French Revolution: The Assembly of Notables is convoked

1812 - The USS Constitution under the command of Captain William Bainbridge, captures the HMS Java off the coast of Brazil after a three hour battle.

1813 - British burn Buffalo, NY during War of 1812

1835 - The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.

1852 - Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants

1967 - Star Trek's "Trouble With Tribbles" 1st airs

Louisa Cornell said...

And hey, La Campbell, hot lava? That sounds like you, or at least it sounds like your love scenes! Hot stuff!

Nancy said...

Dianna wrote: Are you listening Bang, bang Banditas, it blew up!

Dianna, we would never hurt a whale!

My favorite exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in New York is the blue whale. I love walking around and under it and staring at it and just trying to absorb the majesty of it.

Nancy said...

Louisa, The Trouble with Tribbles aired on your birthday? How fabulous!

Nancy said...

Anna S. wrote: Nancy - was the boy texting too?

Not during that particular episode of multitasking, but I wouldn't have been surprised to see him try it.

Nancy said...

Christine, the Berlin Wall on your birthday?! How neat!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Christine, how awesome that your birthday was when the Berlin Wall came down. I remember I was in my first semester in college when that happened.

Kate, LOL on you, Venus and Barry having lots in common. :)

Cassondra said...

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday TOOO you.
Happy BIRHday dear Triish

Happy Biiiiiiiirthday tooooooo yooooouuuuuuuu!!!!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Mitzi, how funny about Lady Godiva.

Thanks, Gigi.

Anna C., oi on Pompeii and massacre.

Cassondra said...

Nancy said:

Louisa, The Trouble with Tribbles aired on your birthday? How fabulous!

Yes. Yes, I have to agree. That's pretty much awesome.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Thanks, Gillian.

Dianna, dude, that is one nasty whale scene. :)

Louisa, I can see how the wreath would not be amusing. And how fun about the "Trouble with Tribbles" connection.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Cassondra, thanks for the birthday serenade.

Thanks for all the great comments and birthday wishes, everyone.

TerriOsburn said...

Wow, I missed the party completely. Wait, if you're central time then I've just made it.

Happy Birthday, Trish!

I was born on New Years Eve, so lots of things have happened on that date, I'm sure. Mostly, just a lot of parties. It's nice when the world takes the time to celebrate your birthday with you. :)