meme from silverthoughts:
Google your birthday (minus the year), try to find out more about the history of the day you were born and post that which you find most interesting, funny or strange.
Two Millenia ago: Epiphany of the Lord
871: Alfred of England defeats the Danes in the Battle of Ashdown
1066: Harold Godwinson crowned King of England
1205: Philip of Swabia becomes King of the Romans
1412: Joan of Arc born in France
1540: King Henry VIII of England marries Anne of Cleves.
1661: The fifth monarchy men unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London.
1690: Joseph, son of Emperor Leopold I becomes King of the Romans
1720: The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble publishes its findings
1838: Samuel Morse first successfully tested the electrical telegraph.
1900: Boers attack Ladysmith: over 1000 people killed
1930: The first diesel-engine automobile trip is completed (Indianapolis, Indiana, to New York City).
1931: Thomas Edison submits his last patent application.
1936: Porky Pig premieres
1940: Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the city of Poznan, Warthegau.
1942: Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to have a flight go around the world.
1977: EMI fires Sex Pistols
1982: William Bonin convicted of being the "freeway killer".
1992: US halts breast implants
1994: Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding.
2001: Al Gore, as President of the U.S. Senate, tallies the electoral votes and certifies George W. Bush as the winner of U.S. presidential election, 2000.
2004: Cyclone Heta struck the Island of Niue