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April 08, 2006

My First Meme

Via Pam Noles comes the first meme I've been moved to participate in. In this one, you wikipedia your birthdate (day and month) and then pick: 5 events, 3 births and 3 deaths from that date. Here is mine:

Events

1) 1455 - Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed from movable type. Significance should be obvious ...
2) 1893 - Rudolf Diesel receives a patent for the diesel engine. Anyone with the last name "Diesel" is fine (and I do mean "fine") with me.
3) 1903 - Cuba leases Guantanamo Bay to the United States "in perpetuity". Ugh. Historical significance.
4) 1904 - For $10 million the United States gains control of the Panama Canal Zone. Familial significance. Don't feel like getting into it right now.
5) 1956 - In a cosmic event known as the great flare, the Earth was bombarded with a burst of protons and other nuclei from a solar flare.Yay, solar flares! You'll have to wait until my book comes out to know why I care about these.

Births

1633 - Samuel Pepys, English diarist (d. 1703)
1868 - W.E.B. DuBois, American civil rights leader (d. 1963)
1932 - Majel Barrett, American actress Acted in "Star Trek". 'Nuff said.

Deaths

1821 - John Keats, English poet (b. 1795)
1930 - Horst Wessel, Nazi ideologue and composer (b. 1907)Wrote the "Horst Wessel Lied", which was sort of the Nazi anthem, and something I heard a lot about when I lived in Germany, but never heard, because I think the playing of the Horst Wessel Lied is prohibited by law in Germany, or something, like goosestepping, or the display of swastikas and the SS logo.
2000 - Ofra Haza, Israeli singer (b. 1957) When I worked (in Germany) for this hippie in her clothing store, she made me play the music she kept in the store. Most of it was jazz fusion crrrrrrrraaap. There were, like, five cds I could stand: Zap Mama's "Adventures in Afropea", Best of Aretha Franklin, Best of James Brown, some dude whose name I've forgotten who did blues/hip hop fusion, and Ofra Haza. Saved my life, she did. Sad to find out this way that she's gone.

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