I have a recurrent fear of constantly repeating myself. This is due to my dear departed paternal grandmother who, well, constantly repeated herself. She told the same stories over and over and, since we all loved her more than life itself (well at least I did), we never called her on it. Also, she told them in such an entertaining manner, particularly when sharing cocktail hour with her best friend Hunna, that no one truly minded.
So here it is my birthday again and, for the life of me, I can’t think of what I’ve told you and what I haven’t. Yes, I could look it up but I’m too lazy. I have a nasty cold/flu (a generous present from my husband who received it from his co-workers, the gift that keeps on giving, you might say). My lymph nodes are swollen from singing feliz compleanos (it’s a little known fact that lymph nodes are heavily into important days, hence all the sickness that accompanies holidays and other special occasions and also they sing only in Spanish).
Risking repetition, here is some Lauren’s birthday trivia:
Did you know that March 4th is the only day with an action, i.e. March Forth!?
This marching forward birthday is shared by Antonio Vivaldi, John Garfield, Patricia Heaton, Chastity Bono, Emilio Estefan, Miriam Makeba, Catherine O’Hara, Steven Weber, Knute Rockne, and James Ellroy.
The first tavern in Boston was opened on March 4th, 1634. I think this explains a lot.
Also on this day in history :
1766 The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act, the cause of bitter and violent opposition in the colonies
1789 The first Congress of the United States meets in New York and declares that the Constitution is in effect. (I think this means my birthday should be a national holiday, don't you?)
1791 Vermont is admitted as the 14th state. It is the first addition to the original 13 colonies.
1792 Oranges introduced to Hawaii
1793 George Washington is inaugurated as President for the second time. Shortest speech (133 words) (I think he just wanted to go home to Mt Vernon and make whiskey, the poor guy.)
1797 Vice-President John Adams, elected President on December 7, to replace George Washington, is sworn in.1796: The First Real Election.
1801 Thomas Jefferson becomes the first President to be inaugurated in Washington , D.C.
1809 Madison becomes 1st President inaugurated in American-made clothes
1825 John Quincy Adams inaugrated as 6th President
1829 President Jackson gives his "just policy for Indians" speech today
1849 Mormon pioneers establish the State of Deseret in what is now Utah , with Salt Lake City as its capital.
1861 Lincoln 's first presidential inauguration
1861 The Confederate States of America adopt the "Stars and Bars" flag.
1861 President Lincoln opens Government Printing Office
1863 Battle of Thompson's Station, Tennessee
1863 Territory of Idaho established
1881 California becomes 1st state to pass plant quarantine legislation
1901 William McKinley is inaugurated president for the second time. Theodore Roosevelt is inaugurated as vice president.
1902 American Automobile Association (AAA) founded in Chicago
1908 The New York board of education bans the act of whipping students in school.
1909 President Taft inaugrated as 27th President during 10" snowstorm
1913 Woodrow Wilson inaugurated as 28th President
1913 1st US law regulating the shooting of migratory birds passed
1914 Doctor Fillatre of Paris , France successfully separates Siamese twins.
1917 Jeannette Rankin (Representative-Republican-MT) becomes 1st female member of Congress
1921 Warren G. Harding is sworn in as America 's 29th President.
1921 Hot Springs National Park created in Arkansas
1929 Herbert Hoover inaugurated as 31st President
1929 Charles Curtis (R-Kansas) becomes the first Native American to be Vice President of the U.S.
1933 FDR inaugrated as 32nd President, pledges to pull US out of Depression & says "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"
1938 Toothbrush bristles are changed from badger hair to nylon
1944 Berlin is bombed by the American forces for the first time.The U.S. 93rd Bomb Group.
1952 North Korea accuses the United nations of using germ warfare.
1970 Fifty-seven people are killed as the French submarine Eurydice sinks in the Mediterranean Sea.
1970 Jacksonville is 1st college basketball team to average 100+ points per game
1975 Queen Elizabeth knights Charlie Chaplin.
1977 Earthquake in Romania, kills 1,541
1979 US Voyager I photo reveals Jupiter's rings
1979 200th episode of "All in the Family"
1987 President Reagan takes full responsibility for the Iran-Contra affair in a national address.
Because I am sick, and therefore stupid, I cannot think of anything clever to say. Maybe at the least we have learned a thing or two together to forget later. Happy Birthday to me, Woohoo!