Wednesday, May 28, 2008

on this day...

It's my birthday - along with me being born here's some other cool stuff that happened on this day in history:

585 BC - A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of the Eclipse, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.

1830 - President Andrew Jackson signs The Indian Removal Act which relocates Native Americans.

1863 - American Civil War: the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment, leaves Boston, Massachusetts, to fight for the Union.

1892 - The Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco.

1936 - Alan Turing submits On Computable Numbers for publication.

1140 - Xin Qiji, Chinese poet (d. 1207)
1660 - King George I of Great Britain (d. 1727)
1887 - Jim Thorpe - Athlete, runner
1908 - Ian Fleming, English author (d. 1964)
1936 - Betty Shabazz, American civil rights activist (d. 1997)
1944 - Rudy Giuliani, American politician
1944 - Gladys Knight, American singer and actress
1967 - Glen Rice, American basketball player
1968 - Kylie Minogue, Australian actress and singer
1970 - Morgan Fox, Canadian model and 1990 Playboy playmate
1971 - Me

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