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The 2020 TTF Birthday Thread

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At first I was just doing birthdays then I started adding 'on this date' fun facts too, I've mainly been using the history channel's page but it has had a lot of not-so-happy stories on it that I didn't think I should include. For example, I didn't want to mention that one user's birthday was the same day that FDR established Japanese internment camps in the U.S. And I didn't want to mention that Americans held a Nazi rally in Madison Square Garden in 1939 today either.

Thanks for your info, your page seems to provide more information than what I was looking at. When I look on Wikipedia, it was giving too much like for instance I didn't want to give birthdays that occurred in the B.C. era etc. Since my posting, I did find a somewhat better page to use:


What Happened On This Day – February 20
  • 1988 The Nagorno-Karabakh War is triggered by der Autonomous Oblast's secession from Azerbaijan
    Today, Nagorno-Karabakh is a de facto independent state, but the territory is still internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.
  • 1962 The first U.S. citizen to orbit the Earth lands safely in the Atlantic Ocean
    John Glenn's 5-hour spaceflight came almost a year after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth on April 12, 1961.
  • 1944 U.S. bombers attack German aircraft manufacturing centers, in a bombing campaign that became known as the “Big Week”
    The goal was to achieve air superiority to secure the invasion of Europe.
  • 1913 Works to build Australia's capital city commence
    Canberra is an entirely planned city and was chosen as the Australian capital as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne.
  • 1877 Tchaikovsky's ballet “Swan Lake” is premiered
    It is one of the world's best-known ballets.

Births On This Day – February 20
  • 1988 Rihanna
    Barbadian/American singer-songwriter, actress
  • 1967 Kurt Cobain
    American singer-songwriter, guitarist
  • 1951 Gordon Brown
    Scottish politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • 1927 Sidney Poitier
    American actor, director
  • 1819 Alfred Escher
    Swiss businessman, politician

Deaths On This Day – February 20
  • 2005 Hunter S. Thompson
    American journalist, author
  • 1996 Toru Takemitsu
    Japanese composer
  • 1993 Ferruccio Lamborghini
    Italian businessman, created Lamborghini
  • 1961 Percy Grainger
    Australian composer
  • 1895 Frederick Douglass
    American author, activist
 

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Well, our channel ("ARD") provides by far the most information, three pages of each category; all others provide perhaps a page for everything.
And, not surprisingly, it is weighted towards German personalities and news, but does include international stuff thought to be of interest.
For birthdays, besides Poitier, it also lists model Cindy Crawford (1966);
For death anniversaries, besides Frederick Douglass, it lists Robert E. Peary (1920);
For news, beides the end of US Prohibition, it mentions the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1872) and Gioachino Rossini conducting the premiere of his opera "The Barber of Seville" (1816).

But some stuff does tend to stray in the direction of "trivial pursuit" … :rolleyes:
 

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Today on CN..er TTF! I'm your host Erestor Arcamen!

Happy Birthday today to @bididi and @Mehrdad-Leo!

On this day in history!

  • 1972 U.S. President Richard Nixon embarks on his historic visit to China
    The first visit of a U.S. President in China was an important step in normalizing relations between the two countries.
  • 1958 The peace symbol is designed by Gerald Holtom
    The symbol was commissioned by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and combines the semaphore symbols for the letters N and D - an abbreviation of “Nuclear Disarmament”.
  • 1878 The world's first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut
    The directory consisted of a single piece of cardboard and comprised 50 numbers.
  • 1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish “The Communist Manifesto”
    “Das Kommunistische Manifest” outlined the sociopolitical worldview today called “Marxism” and was translated from German into over 100 languages.
  • 1804 The world's first railway journey takes place in Wales
    The first full-scale steam locomotive, built by Richard Trevithick, traveled from the Pen-y-darren ironworks near Merthyr Tydfil to Abercynon.

Births On This Day – February 21
  • 1946 Alan Rickman
    English actor
  • 1933 Nina Simone
    American singer-songwriter, pianist
  • 1924 Robert Mugabe
    Zimbabwean politician, 2nd President of Zimbabwe
  • 1907 W. H. Auden
    English/American poet
  • 1791 Carl Czerny
    Austrian pianist, composer

Deaths On This Day – February 21
  • 1965 Malcolm X
    American minister, activist
  • 1949 Tan Malaka
    Indonesian educator, activist
  • 1941 Frederick Banting
    Canadian physician, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1934 Augusto César Sandino
    Nicaraguan rebel leader
  • 1677 Baruch Spinoza
    Dutch philosopher
 

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Happy birthday @Glennmap!

What Happened On This Day – February 22
  • 2011 185 people are killed during an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand
    The quake, while having a magnitude of only 6.3, had one of the highest intensities ever recorded in an urban area (MM IX).
  • 1986 The People Power Revolution begins in the Philippines
    The nonviolent campaign resulted in the fall of President Ferdinand Marcos and the restoration of the country's democracy.
  • 1983 The play “Moose Murders” flops spectacularly on Broadway
    According to critic Frank Rich, “a visit to Moose Murders is what will separate the connoisseurs of Broadway disaster from mere dilettantes for many moons to come.”
  • 1948 Czechoslovakia becomes a communist state following a coup d'etat
    The country became a parliamentary republic following the non-violent “Velvet Revolution” in 1989 and was split into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic in 1993.
  • 1879 The first Woolworth store opens in Utica, New york
    Frank Woolworth's five-and-dime retail stores became one of the world's most successful trading companies with branches in many countries around the world.
Births On This Day – February 22
  • 1975 Drew Barrymore
    American actress, director, producer, screenwriter
  • 1932 Ted Kennedy
    American politician
  • 1900 Luis Buñuel
    Spanish director, producer
  • 1857 Heinrich Hertz
    German physicist
  • 1732 George Washington
    American general, politician, 1st President of the United States
Deaths On This Day – February 22
  • 1987 Andy Warhol
    American artist
  • 1983 Adrian Boult
    English conductor
  • 1958 Abul Kalam Azad
    Indian activist, scholar, politician
  • 1943 Sophie Scholl
    German student, activist
  • 1875 Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
    French painter
 

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For birthdays, I'll add
1949 - three-time Formula 1 race car champion Niki Lauda
1857 - physicist Heinrich Hertz, after whom the frequency of anything oscillating is named
1810 - composer Frederic Chopin

For deaths
2007 - Lothar-Günther Buchheim, author of the book "Das Boot" and advisor to the film and TV miniseries of the 1980s (recently re-filmed)

For news
2011 - a heavy earthquake hits Christchurch in New Zealand's south island, killing 185
1974 - Pakistan and Bangladesh recognize (accept) each other's existence under international law
1940 - the XIV (and current) Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso is enthroned in Lhasa, Tibet, at the age of not quite five years
1819 - Spain sells Florida to the USA
 

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No birthdays today but a throwback happy birthday to George Frideric Handel!

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  • 1954 The first mass inoculation against polio is conducted
    Virologist Jonas Salk's vaccine is still one of the two versions used today, along with Hilary Koprowski's live polio vaccine.
  • 1947 The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) begins operating
    The ISO issues standards for everything from bicycle tires to date formats.
  • 1941 Glenn T. Seaborg and his team chemically identify Plutonium
    The radioactive element plays an important role as nuclear fuel or in nuclear weapons.
  • 1917 The February Revolution begins in Russia
    The demonstrations and armed clashes ultimately resulted in the demise of the Russian Empire.
  • 1455 The Gutenberg Bible is published
    Johannes Gutenberg's Bible edition was the first book ever printed in movable type, heralding the age of the printed book in the West.
Births On This Day – February 23
  • 1983 Mido
    Egyptian footballer
  • 1929 Alexy II of Moscow
    Estonian/Russian patriarch
  • 1899 Erich Kästner
    German author, poet
  • 1868 W. E. B. Du Bois
    American sociologist, historian, activist
  • 1685 George Frideric Handel
    German/English composer
Deaths On This Day – February 23
  • 1965 Stan Laurel
    English actor, comedian
  • 1934 Edward Elgar
    English composer
  • 1855 Carl Friedrich Gauss
    German mathematician
  • 1848 John Quincy Adams
    American politician, 6th President of the United States
  • 1821 John Keats
    English poet
 

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Happy Birthday to @Blombo and @JPMaximilian!


What Happened On This Day – February 24
  • 2010 Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first cricket player to score a double-century in the One Day International format
    The Indian sportsman is widely recognized as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket.
  • 1989 A Boeing 747 jumbo jet rips open over the Pacific Ocean
    United Airlines Flight 811 experienced an explosive decompression, resulting in the death of 9 passengers.
  • 1920 The German nazi party is founded
    Adolf Hitler became the party's leader in 1921.
  • 1607 The world's first opera is premiered
    Claudio Monteverdi's “L'Orfeo” is still performed regularly today.
  • 1582 Pope Gregory XIII orders the introduction of the Gregorian calendar
    Luigi Lilio's reform of the Julian calendar was first introduced in some European countries and is now the world's most widely used calendar.

Births On This Day – February 24
  • 1981 Lleyton Hewitt
    Australian tennis player
  • 1973 Chris Fehn
    American Drummer - Slipknot
  • 1956 Judith Butler
    American philosopher
  • 1955 Steve Jobs
    American businessman, co-founded Apple Inc., Pixar
  • 1955 Alain Prost
    French race car driver
  • 1304 Ibn Battuta
    Moroccan explorer

Deaths On This Day – February 24
  • 2014 Harold Ramis
    American Actor
  • 1993 Bobby Moore
    English footballer, manager
  • 1990 Malcolm Forbes
    American publisher
  • 1986 Tommy Douglas
    Scottish/Canadian minister, politician, 7th Premier of Saskatchewan
  • 1929 André Messager
    French composer
  • 1799 Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    German physicist
 

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Happy Birthday @Helryne!


What Happened On This Day – February 25
  • 1991 The Warsaw Pact is disbanded
    Following the end of the Cold War, the defense treaty between 8 communist states had lost its purpose. It had been signed in 1955 as an antagonist of NATO.
  • 1986 Corazon Aquino is sworn in as the 11th President of the Philippines
    Aquino's presidency ended 20 years of dictatorship. She was the first female president in Asia.
  • 1964 Muhammad Ali becomes world heavyweight champion
    Ali, who still used his original name Cassius Clay at the time, is considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in history.
  • 1947 The state of Prussia is dissolved
    At its peak, the most important state of the German empire encompassed parts of modern-day Germany, Poland, and Russia.

Births On This Day – February 25
  • 1943 George Harrison
    English singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
  • 1917 Anthony Burgess
    English author
  • 1873 Enrico Caruso
    Italian tenor
  • 1861 Rudolf Steiner
    Austrian philosopher, educator
  • 1778 José de San Martín
    Argentinian general, politician, 1st President of Peru

Deaths On This Day – February 25
  • 2001 Donald Bradman
    Australian cricketer
  • 1975 Elijah Muhammad
    American religious leader
  • 1970 Mark Rothko
    Latvian/American painter
  • 1723 Christopher Wren
    English architect, designed St Paul's Cathedral
  • 805 Emperor Dezong of Tang
 

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Oh, great -- what a Birthday to share. :rolleyes:
Yeah I know..There haven't been a ton of interesting/exciting events on the recent birthdays. I hate putting overly negative events in but while we can pretend there aren't dark splotches in human history, we should acknowledge them if only because we can learn from the past to hopefully prevent repeats.
 

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No member birthdays today :( but happy birthday to Johnny Cash!

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What Happened On This Day – February 26
  • 1993 A car bomb explodes below the World Trade Center in New York
    The attack was carried out by a group of Islamist militants. 6 people died in the blast.
  • 1991 The world's first web browser is presented to the public
    The browser “WorldWideWeb” (later renamed “Nexus”) was developed by Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist best known as the inventor of the internet.
  • 1920 The first German Expressionist film is premiered
    “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” by Robert Wiene is considered one of the best silent film of the horror genre.
  • 1917 The world's first jazz record is created
    The “Original Dixieland Jass Band” recorded “Livery Stable Blues” for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
  • 1909 A color motion picture is shown to the general public for the first time
    A series of 21 short Kinemacolor films were presented at the Palace Theatre in London.

Births On This Day – February 26
  • 1954 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
    Turkish politician, 25th Prime Minister of Turkey
  • 1932 Johnny Cash
    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor
  • 1928 Ariel Sharon
    Israeli general, politician, 11th Prime Minister of Israel
  • 1852 John Harvey Kellogg
    American surgeon, co-created Corn flakes
  • 1802 Victor Hugo
    French author, poet, playwright

Deaths On This Day – February 26
  • 1994 Bill Hicks
    American comedian
  • 1989 Roy Eldridge
    American trumpet player
  • 1981 Robert Aickman
    English author
  • 1966 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
    Indian politician
  • 1821 Joseph de Maistre
    French diplomat
 

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Happy Birthday to @lorddanielossy and @Romendacil I!


What Happened On This Day – February 27
  • 2010 A massive earthquake strikes Chile
    The tremor measured 8.8 on the Richter scale and left more than 500 people dead and thousands injured.
  • 2002 A Muslim mob set fire to a train carrying Hindu pilgrims
    The attack killed 59 people, including many women and children.
  • 1943 Non-violent protests in Berlin prevent the deportation of 2000 jews
    The “Rosenstrasse protest” was carried out by the “Aryan” wives and relatives of detained Jewish men.
  • 1933 Germany's parliament building is set on fire
    The Nazis used the Reichstag fire to justify harsh repression against political opponents. The event is considered pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany.
  • 1932 The neutron is discovered
    English physicist James Chadwick was later awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery.

Births On This Day – February 27
  • 1994 Hou Yifan
    Chinese chess player
  • 1934 Ralph Nader
    American lawyer, author, activist
  • 1932 Elizabeth Taylor
    English/American actress
  • 1902 John Steinbeck
    American author, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1807 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    American poet

Deaths On This Day – February 27
  • 2011 Frank Buckles
    American soldier
  • 2008 William F. Buckley, Jr.
    American publisher, author, founded the National Review
  • 2002 Spike Milligan
    Indian/Irish actor, singer, screenwriter, author
  • 1989 Konrad Lorenz
    Austrian zoologist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1936 Ivan Pavlov
    Russian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate
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What Happened On This Day – February 26

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  • 1989 Roy Eldridge
    American trumpet player
A possibly by now forgotten link between two giants of the instrument in Jazz - Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie.
By what I've read, he took the Jazz trumpet beyond what Armstrong had done, and was one of the major inspirations for Gillespie.
I have two vinyl albums on which he appears, late in his career:
the album from the collection about the 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival festival titled "The Trumpet Kings", with trumpeters Gillespie and Clark Terry (plus a supporting band of Oscar Peterson, Louis Bellson and Niels Pedersen), a trumpeter who had played with both Count Basie and Duke Ellington;
the 1974 album "The Trumpet Kings Meet Joe Turner", which adds as a fourth trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, who also played with Basie and was between Eldridge and Gillespie in age.
 

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