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Three facts, two births, and a death

Stolen from ... well, just about everybody:

go to http://www.wikipedia.org/ type in your date of birth - day and month, but not the year, and then post in your journal:

Three Facts

1789 - French Revolution: Citizens of Paris storm the Bastille and free seven prisoners.
1954 - The central region of the United States suffers extremely hot weather, with the temperature reaching 118° F (48° C) in Warsaw and Union, Missouri, and 117° F (47° C) in East St. Louis, Illinois, setting new all-time state record high temperatures.
1992 - A major fire consumes an entire city block in tourist destination Gatlinburg, Tennessee, destroying the "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!" Museum and several other local businesses and attractions in the process.

Two Births
1868 - Gertrude Bell, English archaeologist, writer, spy, and administrator (d. 1926)
1966 - Matthew Fox, American actor

and a death
1998 - Dick McDonald, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1909)


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 8th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
You share your birthday with Bastille Day! :) One day you should celebrate it in France ;)
Apr. 8th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
That's not a bad Idea, but I'm not sure they'd appreciate me trying to storm the Bastille. :-)
Apr. 8th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
Bastille Day!! *nods across the English channel*!

I assume the temperatures thing must have been an all time high for the cities, because I always understood that there were areas in the US that were hotter than that (e.g. Death Valley!).

Mr McD has a lot to answer for... encouraging my kids not to eat with cutlery being one of them *shakes head*
Apr. 8th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
I believe you're right on the temperature thing -- Death Valley has gotten up into the 140's (farenheit), as I recall. We had a heat wave here in Indiana the summer I was born, and a blast of record cold that next winter, which maybe explains why I hate the cold so much.

I tried to put in things that related to me one way or another -- for instance, there's the fact that my youngest daughter never wants any fast foot except for McDonalds. Then there's France's biggest holiday (which, okay -- not directly related to me), and the birthday of the guy who plays Jack on one of my favorite TV shows, and -- of course -- anything that has to do with heat. :-)
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Apr. 8th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
I remember reading about it in "Firehouse" magazine the year it happened, which would have been the year I turned 30. that would have been exactly ten years after I visited Gatlinburg, come to think of it .... Jeez, I'm old.
Apr. 8th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
Gosh - Illinois in 54 was hot, hot, hot!

And somehow the juxtaposition of the French Revolution and McDonalds is very pleasing!
Apr. 8th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
French Revolution vs. McDonalds
Hm. French ... fries. And both have created empires.
Apr. 8th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: French Revolution vs. McDonalds
McDonalds by far the larger Empire - probably becuase they speak English!
Apr. 8th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
Re: French Revolution vs. McDonalds
Well, the French had a thing going for awhile, but the sun never sets on the Golden Arches.
Apr. 9th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
Do you think the Gatlinburg fire was included in 'Ripley's Believe It or Not' when they rebuilt?
I would imagine they lost some irreplacable oddities in that fire. Whether that was a tragedy or not remains to be seen.
Apr. 9th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'm sure the fire was included; I'm also sure that some of their oddities were getting a bit long on the tooth, so they were probably pleased for the chance to replace them with something newer. Not that they'd ever actually say that ...
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