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Friday, January 30, 2009

Notable Events today - seven squared

133 - Marcus Severus Didius Julianus, Roman Emperor born
1505 - Thomas Tallis, English composer born
1563 - Franciscus Gomarus, Dutch theologian born
1648 - Eighty Years war ends. The Treaty of Münster and Osnabrück is signed, ending the conflict between Netherlands and Spain.
1649 - King Charles 1 of England is beheaded.
1790 - The first boat specialising as a lifeboat is tested on the River Tyne.
1826 - The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world's first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened.
1847 - Yerba Buena, California is renamed San Francisco.
1882 - Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States born.
1913 - The United Kingdom's House of Lords rejects the Irish Home Rule Bill.
1913 - Percy Thrower, British Television Gardener born.
1915 - John Profumo, British cabinet minister born.
1927 - Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden born.
1930 - Gene Hackman, American actor born.
1933 - Adolf Hitler is sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.
1937 - Vanessa Redgrave, English actress born.
1937 - Boris Spassky, Russian chess player born.
1941 - Dick Cheney, 46th Vice President of the United States born.
1948 - Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist.
1948 - Orville Wright, American aviation pioneer dies.
1951 - Phil Collins, English musician born.
1968 - Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive begins when Viet Cong forces launch a series of surprise attacks in South Vietnam.
1969 - The Beatles' last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.
1972 - Bloody Sunday: British Paratroopers kill fourteen civil rights/anti internment marchers in Northern Ireland.
1972 - Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations.
1974 - Christian Bale, Welsh actor born.
1974 - Jemima Khan, English socialite born.
1976 - George H. W. Bush becomes the 11th director of the CIA.
1981 - Peter Crouch, English footballer born.
1982 - Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called "Elk Cloner".
2003 - Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.

Oh, yes and I am really really old today!
Happy Birthday, my wife has the same birthday.
Congratulations on being an Arts graduate who knows that "Seven Squared" is 49.

But being a product of a grammer school I shouldn't be all that surprised that you've got a better than working knowledge of mathematics.

Happy Birthday! I take it you are going to blog "Notable Events today - eight squared" in 2024
Jan 30 was also the date of an attempt on the life of US President Andrew Jackson (1835) and the first German submarine attack of World
War I (1915). Add those to Hitler being made Chancellor of Germany, Mahatma Gandhi's assassination, the Tet Offensive and Phil Collins and you should be worried.

Many happy returns, anyway.
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