Thursday, June 26, 2003

They Say It's Your Birthday!

Today in history:

    On June 26, 1870, the first section of the Atlantic City Boardwalk opened along the New Jersey beach. Dr. Jonathan Pitney and civil engineer Richard Osborne began developing the area on Absecon Island in 1850.

    President Kennedy gave his, "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) speech on June 26, 1963 in West Berlin.

    The St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, was opened on June 26, 1959.

    U.S. troops pulled out of the Dominican Republic on June 26, 1924. American occupation of the island nation began in 1916, following years of political intervention in the republic. The Dominican Republic had achieved independence from Spain in 1844.

    The bicycle was patented by New York City resident W. K. Clarkson on June 26, 1819.

    The Pied Piper exacted his revenge upon the German town of Hamelin on June 26, 1284. The townspeople had promised to pay the piper a large fee if he could rid their town the nasty rats running all over the place. He had played his trusty pipe and the rats had followed him out of town and into the River Weser. But once the rodents were eliminated, the local folks decided not to pay after all. The piper was not pleased and repaid the townspeople by playing his pipe for the children of Hamelin, just like he had done for the rats. And just like the rats, the children followed him out of town. The Pied Piper of Hamelin led the kiddies into a hole in a hillside. They were never seen again.

    On June 26, 1981, Mrs. Campbell of Mountain Home, Idaho, took her clipped coupons and rebates and bought some groceries. A lot of them. Checkers totaled some $24,460 worth, in fact! How much did Campbell end up paying with all of those coupons and rebates? Only 67 cents! Reports indicated that she would have received a refund of $12.97, but she decided to get film and flashbulbs after the bill was totaled.

    The Arizona Republic reported it was 122 degrees in Phoenix, hot enough to cancel some flights at the airport on June 26, 1990.

Famous Birthdays

    1892 - Pearl S. Buck - Nobel Prize-winning author: The Good Earth [1938]
    1909 - Col. Tom Parker - carnival barker, show business promoter: manager of Elvis Presley
    1914 - Babe (Mildred) Didrikson Zaharias - 'The outstanding female athlete of the first half-century.' [AP 1950]; International Womens Sports Hall of Famer, Olympic Hall of Famer, World Golf Hall of Famer, LPGA Hall of Famer, National Track and Field Hall of Famer
    1956 - Chris Isaak - actor: Little Buddha, Silence of the Lambs, Married to the Mob, Twin Peaks; singer, songwriter: Wicked Game, Blue Hotel, LP: Silvertone
    1970 - Chris ODonnell - actor: The Three Musketeers, Dead Poets Society, Scent of a Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes, Circle of Friends, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Bachelor, Vertical Limit

My dear friend D-A-N-A !!!!!
Happy birthday to you!!!!!!


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