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Thursday Thirteen #37

One of my favorite reference books is Chase’s Calendar of Events. You can use it to find birthdays, events, and special occasions for any day of the year. Some of those events are serious, some very silly. Did you know that Friday is Talk Like a Pirate Day? This week I bring you 13 things that are happening this Thursday.

On this day…
1. On 18 September 1964 “The Addams Family” television show premiered. Can you believe that this amazing show has been around for 44 years? (Watch the intro.)

2. Today is Greta Garbo’s birthday! She would have been 103 this year. (Learn more about Garbo here.)

3. Happy Independence Day, Chile! Today marks the anniversary of the day that Chile declared its independence from Spain in 1810. (Chile Tourism)

4. Frankie Avalon is 69 today. A big happy birthday to the male lead from all of those Beach Party movies. (The Beach Party trailer.)

5. The US Air Force was established as a separate military service on this date in 1947. Military aviation as part of the US Army dates back to 1907.

6. The New York Times, then called The New-York Daily Times, was first published on this date in 1851. (The name was changed in 1857 to The New York Times.)

7. The TV program Get Smart premiered on this date in 1965. It ran until 1970 and even changed networks at one point. (Get Smart intro)

8. The 59 Minute 37 Second Anvil Mountain Challenge takes place for the thirteenth time in Nome, Alaska today. If you feel like running 834 feet up the face of a mountain, and returning, in the allotted time you might what to look into this challenge. (more info)

9. Today Lance Armstrong turns 37 years old. Happy Birthday to you, Olympian and winner of the Tour de France seven times over!

10. On 18 September 1830 a horse beat an Iron Horse in a race. To be specific, the first locomotive built in America lost the race due to various mechanical difficulties. Good job to the horse, I say.

11. The United States took out its first loan on this date in 1789. The amount of $191,608.81 (which became known as the Temporary Loan of 1789) was loaned by the Bank of New York and the Bank of North America. The loan was repaid by 8 June 1790.

12. John Diefenbaker was born on this day in 1895. This former Canadian Prime Minister (1957-1963) would have been 113 this year. (In the TV show “Due South,” there was a wolf named after him.)

13. Samuel Johnson, creator of the first great dictionary in English, was born on this day in 1709. If he were still around, he’d be 299, and probably still making quips. He once said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”


Chase’s Calendar of Events 2008

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