December 31, 2008

December 31 - Happy Birthday!

Famous people with your birthday
* Anthony Hopkins, actor
* Donna Summer, singer
* Gong Li, actress
* Henri Matisse, painter
* John Denver, singer and songwriter
* Odetta, singer
* Val Kilmer, actor

This day in history
* 1695 - A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.
* 1831 - Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.
* 1891 - A new immigration depot was opened on Ellis Island, New York.
* 1904 - The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York, New York.
* 1983 - The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.
* 1994 - This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively.

Holidays and interesting facts
* New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.

Make the day meaningful (Brought to you by So what can I do?)
* Host a socially-responsible celebration.

December 30, 2008

December 30 - Happy Birthday!

Famous people with your birthday
* Asa Griggs Candler, businessman and politician
* Bo Diddley, singer and musician
* Henry Cho, comedian
* Jake Cuenca, actor and commercial model
* Laila Ali, boxer
* LeBron James, basketball player
* Matt Lauer, newscaster
* Meredith Vieira, television journalist
* Rudyard Kipling, writer, Nobel laureate
* Sandy Koufax, baseball player
* Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress
* Tiger Woods, golfer
* Tracey Ullman, actress and singer

This day in history
* 1953 - The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.
* 1993 - Israel and the Vatican establish diplomatic relations.
* 2005 - Tropical Storm Zeta forms in the open Atlantic Ocean, tying the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin.

Holidays and interesting facts
* Philippines - Rizal Day

Make the day meaningful (Brought to you by So what can I do?)
* Vacation with a purpose.

December 29, 2008

December 29 - Happy Birthday!

Famous people with your birthday
* Devon White, baseball player
* Francisco Bustamante, billiard player
* Jon Voight, actor
* Jude Law, actor
* Mary Tyler Moore, actress
* Ted Danson, actor

This day in history
* 1851 - The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
* 1949 - KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
* 1996 - Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war.

Holidays and interesting facts
* The fourth day of Christmas in Western Christianity.

Make the day meaningful (Brought to you by So what can I do?)
* Designate a sober driver and keep your celebrations safe for everyone.

December 28, 2008

December 28 - Happy Birthday!

Famous people with your birthday
* Denzel Washington, actor
* Earl Hines, musician
* James Blake, tennis player
* John Legend, musician
* John Molson, brewer
* Kary Mullis, chemist, Nobel laureate
* Lomana LuaLua, footballer
* Nichelle Nichols, actress and singer
* Shen Congwen, writer

This day in history
* 1065 - Westminster Abbey is consecrated.
* 1835 - Osceola leads his Seminole warriors in Florida into the Second Seminole War against the United States Army.
* 1973 - The Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States.
* 1981 - The first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in Norfolk, Virginia.
Holidays and interesting facts
* Proclamation Day in South Australia

Make the day meaningful (Brought to you by So what can I do?)
* Make a charitable donation when you search the web.

December 27, 2008

December 27 - Happy Birthday!

Famous people with your birthday
* Johannes Kepler, astronomer
* Louis Pasteur, scientist
* Marlene Dietrich, actress and singer
* Salman Khan, actor
* Theresa Randle, actress

This day in history
* 1831 - Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate the theory of evolution.
* 1845 - Ether anesthetic is used for childbirth for the first time by Dr. Crawford Williamson Long in Jefferson, Georgia.
* 1932 - The Radio City Music Hall in New York City opens.
* 1945 - The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations.
* 1949 - Indonesian National Revolution. The Netherlands officially recognizes Indonesian independence.

Holidays and interesting facts
* St. Stephen's Day among Orthodox Churches

Make the day meaningful (Brought to you by So what can I do?)
* Support science-based development initiatives

December 26, 2008

December 26 - Happy Birthday!

Famous people with your birthday
* Alejo Carpentier, Cuban writer
* Jean Toomer, American writer
* Mary Fairfax Somerville, British mathematician

This day in history
* 1606 - First Performance of William Shakespeare's King Lear
* 1898 - Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium.
* Jack Johnson becomes the heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia.
* 1931 - Phi Iota Alpha, the oldest existing Latino fraternity is founded.
* 1933 - FM radio is patented.
* 1966 - The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
Holidays and interesting facts
* South Africa - Day of Goodwill, a public holiday
* First day of Kwanzaa
* The first of the twelve days of Christmas in Western Christianity.
* First day of Junkanoo street parade in the Bahamas

Make the day meaningful (Brought to you by So what can I do?)
* Celebrate Kwanzaa, everyone can.

December 25, 2008

December 25 - Happy Birthday!

Famous people with your birthday
* Annie Lennox, Scottish singer, from Aberdeen
* Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, Nobel laureate
* Cab Calloway, American bandleader
* Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born author
* Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross
* Dido, English singer
* Nagma, Indian actress
* Rod Serling, American television writer

This day in history
* 1223 - St. Francis of Assisi assembles the first Nativity scene.
* 1818 - The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
* 1971 - In the longest game in NFL history (82m40s of game time), the Miami Dolphins defeat the Kansas City Chiefs at Kansas City Municipal Stadium 27-24.
* 1990 - The first successful trial run of the system which would become the World Wide Web.
Holidays and interesting facts
* Christmas Day
* Yule

Make the day meaningful (Brought to you by So what can I do?)
* Redefine the holidays, give to others.