Monday, 6 April 2009

J. Hardspear de la Azotea's birthday

It is my birthday today! Image's Christening went well yesterday and we are left with all but one guest. Mother-in-law. She is going to look after Image tonight so that Lamb and I can go out tonight. My laptop crashed this morning and I am posting from an Internet cafe. Please do not follow the links, something went horribly wrong with the crap open source 'office' they are using. I'll post again as soon as my computer are sorted Apart from being my birthday, the day is also significant because of the following: April 6 is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 269 days remaining until the end of the year. Other events on this important day in history: 46 BC - Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus. 1652 - Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck establishes a resupply camp at the Cape of Good Hope, which eventually becomes Cape Town. 1814 - Napoleon abdicates and is then exiled to Elba. 1830 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organized by Joseph Smith, Jr. and others at Fayette, New York. 1869 - Celluloid is patented. 1917 - World War I: The United States declares war on Germany (see President Woodrow Wilson's address to Congress). 1930 - Gandhi raises a lump of mud and salt and declares, "With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire." Thus he starts the Salt Satyagraha. 1947 - The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievements. 1957 - Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines. 1965 - Launch of Early Bird, the first communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit. 1483 - Raphael, Italian painter and architect (d. 1520) J. Hardspear De la Azotea shares his birthday with: 1483 - Raphael, Italian painter and architect (d. 1520) 1890 - Anthony Fokker, Dutch designer of aircraft (d. 1939) 1911 - Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen, German biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979) 1920 - Edmond H. Fischer, Swiss-American biochemist, Nobel laureate 1928 - James D. Watson, American geneticist, Nobel laureate 1949 - Horst Ludwig Störmer, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate The following people sadly died on this day in: 885 - Saint Methodius (b. c. 815) 1147 - Frederick II, Duke of Swabia (b. 1090) 1992 - Isaac Asimov, Russian-born author (b. 1920) 1998 - Tammy Wynette, American singer (b. 1942) Holidays & Observances Tartan Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, a day set aside for the celebration of Scottish influence The date of organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Joseph Smith, Jr.. Also the date on which many in The Church believe that Jesus was born. Chakri Day in Thailand, commemorating the reign of the Chakri Dynasty. in the Roman Catholic Church Saint Marcellinus of Carthage (d. 413) St. Sixtus Blessed Notker Feast day of Saint Brychan, King of Brycheiniog, South Wales


angel said...

Happy birthday dude!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday. It is also my father's birthday, so I am going to send him your post. I think he will like it.

The Spear said...

Happy Birthday, 2 days ago! :)