04 April 2010

4 April: A Big Day In History

4 April, 3 days AD . . . Jesus resurrects from the dead (at least this year).
4 April 0188 . . . Roman emperor Marcus Areilius Antoniius was born.
4 April 1581 . . . Sir Francis Drake completes his circumnavigation of the globe.

4 April 1828 . . . Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder in Amsterdam.
4 April 1902 . . . Cecil Rhodes leaves $10 million in his will to begin a scholarship program at Oxford University.
4 April 1912 . . . Chinese republic takes over Tibet.
4 April 1916 . . . US Senate agrees to participate in WWI.
4 April 1932 . . . Vitamin C is isolated for the first time by C.C. King at the University of Pittsburg.
4 April 1945 . . . Hungary is liberated from Nazi Occupation.
4 April 1948 . . . 84 yo Connie Mack challenges 78 yo Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie (I promise I didn't make that up!)
4 April 1960 . . . Senegal declares independence from France.
4 April 1964 . . . The Beatles' Can't Buy Me Love single goes #1 & stays there for 5 weeks.
4 April 1968 . . . Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated.
4 April 1969 . . . Denton Cooley gets the world's first artificial heart.
4 April 1974 . . . Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record (714).
4 April 19(sometime after 74) . . . I was born.

That's right.  Today celebrates the first day of the very last year in my twenties.  Weird to think that a year from now I'll be writing a 3 instead of a 2 in that tens-digit column . . . hopefully it's not as difficult a habit  to break as writing the new date after every New Year's.  (And instead of a birthday cake I had a coffee and a raspberry macaron . . . yum!)

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