Born One Morning It Was Drizzle And Rain
Ole' Tennessee Ernie might have just been singing a song, but in my case the above is more than a probability, seeing as my birthplace, Tillamook, OR (I swear, Wikipedia has a listing for just everything!), a small farming community on the Northern Oregon coast is the kind of place where "drizzle and rain" would be pretty much the norm for this time of year.
Tillamook is of course most famous for its dairy products (ironically, I would end up working for six and a-half years for their main competitor in the PNW), and in fact at the time I was born, my maternal grandfather owned a dairy farm there. So, like the residents of of Wisconsin (where, strangely I also have distant relatives on my father's side of the family - see a thread emerging here?), I can legitimately claim to be a "cheesehead" (although, really, why would I WANT to?).
Be that as it may, I'm proud to be a Native Mossback, and like anyone born to a specific geographic locale, after 46 years in The Upper Left Hand, it's hard to imagine my wanting to live anywhere else on earth.
Other (famous) People With Birthdays Today:
Benvenuto Cellini, sculptor - 1500
Benjamin Lee, Baronet Guinness, brewer - 1798
Stephen Crane, author - 1871
Gordon R. Dickson, author - 1923
Gary Player, golfer - 1935
Pat Buchanan, bloviator - 1938
Shere Hite, author - 1942
Larry Flynt, pornographer - 1942
Lyle Lovett, singer - 1956
Fernando Valenzuela, left-handed, heat-throwing lava lizard - 1960
Jenny McCarthy, bimbo - 1972
World Events Occuring Today:
1512 - Michelangelo's paintings in the Sistene Chapel first exhibited
1604 - First performance of Shakespeare's "Othello"
1611 - First performance of Shakespeare's "The Tempest"
1755 - The "Great Lisbon Earthquake" kills 50,000
1783 - Continental army dissolved; Gen. Washington gives "farewell address"
1800 - John Adams becomes first president to live in the White House
1889 - North & South Dakota enter union as 39th & 40th states
1920 - Eugene O'Neill's "The Emperor Jones" premieres in New York
1921 - American Birth Control League formed; later to become Planned Parenthood
1922 - Ottoman Empire abolished
1924 - Boston Bruins, 1st NHL franchise, founded
1935 - T.S. Eliot's "Murder In The Cathedral" premieres in London
1947 - First and only flight of Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose"
1952 - First Hydrogen bomb exploded in S. Pacific
1979 - "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" premieres in London
1984 - Larry Schue's "The Foreigner" premieres in New York
(Many notable theatrical premieres on this date; producers take note.)
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