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This Day In History

Although today is my birthday, it's going to be a regular Monday. I have a full day of work, and tonight I'm teaching the fifth session of my six-week science fiction writing class with Grub Street.

So in case I don't get a chance to post anything else today, here's a few highlights of what else happened on this day throughout history:

1801: The District of Columbia is placed under Congressional jurisdiction
1860: Abraham Lincoln gives a speech condemning slavery at Cooper Union in New YorkCity
1897: Britain recognizes US authority over the western hemisphere
1922: The Supreme Court unanimously declares the 19th amendment constitutional, defending women's right to vote
1933: The German Parliamentary building, the Reichstag, catches fire, giving the Nazis an excuse to suspend civil liberties
1973: The American Indian Movement begins its occupation of Wounded Knee
1991: The first Gulf War is declared officially over
1993: The World Trade Center is shut down indefinitely, as investigators begin looking into the February 26 bombing

There's probably other events I've missed.

I share my birthday with John Steinbeck, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Nader, Elizabeth Taylor, and Chelsea Clinton, among others.

Comments

Happy birthday!
May this productive day be the beginning of a productive year :-)
Happy Birthday!

I shared my birthday with James Joyce, Tom Disch, Tom Smothers, Holly Hunter, Brent Spiner and Farah Fawcett.
Happy Birthday.
Happy birthday!
Happy Birthday, Michael! Congratulations on making it through another year--may there be many more to come!

I almost never have a productive day on my birthday, but that's mostly because everything's always closed. Still, you remember that thing about consequenses of failier to maintain a proper work/play balance...are you doing anything fun to mark the occasion?
Well, we had a relaxing weekend, and I'm starting the outline of a new novel today. Does that count as fun? :-)
Definately counts as fun.

Man, I should get around to doing that one of these days...and my birthday is definately too far away to wait for. I'd love to hear more of your new novel, but I bet this particular time and place isn't the right one. So some other time, you'll have to tell me about it.

And in the mean time, once again, happy birthday!
Happy Birthday!!!
Happy Birthday!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!bIRTHDAY hAPPY!!!!!!!!!!! .......and many more.........

(to add some variety to this very punctuationally correct page :)
Happy Birthday Michael! All the best.
Happy Birthday!!!

I hope you have a wonderful day and a wonderful year!

:)
Happy Birthday MAB :-)
Happy Birthday!
All the best,
Dinner (or whatever)
Happy birthday, Michael! And many, many more!
Happy Birthday!
"hippo birdies!"
Happy Birthday, Michael!
Happy birthday!
Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!

>>1897: Britain recongnizes US authority over the western hemisphere<<

That was nice of them. :)
Happy birthday! And a very wonderful year to you!

happy happy

Happy birthday, roomie!

-JRN
Happy belated birthday!
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