Sunday, December 21, 2008

My Birthday In History

It isn't often that I get to play along with Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Fun memes but this is one edition that I couldn't refuse.

This week, Randy asks:

1) What day of the week were you born? Tell us how you found out.

2) What has happened in recorded history on your birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

First, my birthday is December 25th. Really. If you want to know more, read last year's Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories for December 24th and learn the entire story.

Second, here are five events that took place on that day which I found using Wikipedia:

1990 - The first successful trial run of the system which would become the World Wide Web.

1968 - Apollo program: Apollo 8 performs the very first successful Trans Earth Injection (TEI) maneuver, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit.

1914 - World War I: Known as the Christmas truce, German and British troops on the Western Front temporarily cease fire.

1868 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers.

1832 - The first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith, prophesied of an American Civil War and stated that it would begin with the rebellion of South Carolina.

1 comment:

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