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Thread poster: Gianni Pastore
| Nice idea, Gianni! || Apr 17, 2009 |
6th August 1945: An atomic bomb was used containing more power than 12,000 tons of TNT and producing more than 2,000 times the blast of the most powerful bomb ever dropped before was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare. The bomb nicknamed "Little Boy" with 130 pounds of uranium-235 produced the equivalent to about 13 kilotons of TNT.
6th August 1935: In Hollywood, California Dr. Ralph Willard, a doctor who came from the state of Georgia in Russia, has successfully frozen a monkey named Jekal and brought it back to life. The doctor has also frozen guinea pigs and resuscitated them. However, when he wanted to experiment on dogs howls of protest came from humane societies.
6th August 1965: The Beatles release the soundtrack album "Help!" in 1965 in the UK from the film of the same name. Help! is the Beatles 5th album released and includes the following tracks
"The Night Before"
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
"I Need You"
"You're Going to Lose That Girl"
"Ticket to Ride"
"It's Only Love"
"You Like Me Too Much"
"Tell Me What You See"
"I've Just Seen a Face"
"Dizzy Miss Lizzy"
[Edited at 2009-04-17 09:30 GMT]
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| I knew it!!!! || Apr 17, 2009 |
I knew my birthday (July 5th) was important!!!
--> 1946 - France - Bikini Swimsuit Introduced
| | Silvia Barra
Local time: 01:46
English to Italian
1st May 1931 : The Empire State Building in New York Officially opens
1st May 1967 : Elvis Presley, married his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, 21, at a at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas
This is the labour day!
| 11 March 1978 || Apr 17, 2009 |
Death of Claude François, one of the most popular singers in France (Sinatra's "My way" is a cover from C. François).
What a trauma! I spent several birthdays in front of the TV watching tributes to him...
[Edited at 2009-04-17 10:15 GMT]
| August 25, 1999 || Apr 17, 2009 |
9991 , 52 tsugua no dehcnual saw moc.ZorP.
Is that correct, Henry?
| | Trinh Do
English to Vietnamese
| Mine is July 24 || Apr 17, 2009 |
In case you don't know, I'm a Leo. Growlll!
Here are the events:
- 1959 : US President Nixon and Soviet Chairman Khrushchev debated about communism and capitalism. I hope Nixon won the debate.
- 1990 : Iraq starts to invade Kuwait. I think I was working that day.
- 1969 : Apollo 11, the first manned spacecraft that reached the moon, returned safely to earth. A real cause to celebrate and I was in India.
- 1979 : Ted Bundy, a serial killer, was executed. Thank goodness!
- 2005 : Lance Armstrong won his 7th consecutive Tour de France.
I quite forgot, in 1980 the Soviets launched a shuttle with a Vietnamese astronaut on-board. I told my friends they were celebrating my birthday since they have to suck up to me so much. Anyway, I'm a Leo - King of all Animals. Hopefully, I'm not endangered.
It seems lots of good things happened on my birthday, especially in years ending with 9s.
I wonder what 2009 would be like.
[Edited at 2009-04-17 11:43 GMT]
| | ICL
Local time: 01:46
English to Spanish
November 20 (Skorpio):
In the website Gianni made reference to it says:
20th [of] November, 1985 - U.S.A. - Windows 1.01
Microsoft's launches it's first version of a multi tasking graphical user interface GUI for the PC ( this allowed the user to run multiple windows with multiple programmes switching between one and another). Windows 1.01 was the very first version of Windows launched. Windows 1.01 and all older versions of Windows prior to Windows 95 required MSDOS installed on the computer and the user would install Windows from floppy discs.
But since I also wanted to find a musical reference I liked, I cheated and found another similar b-day website where it says that:
[November 20,] 1976 - George Harrison [and Paul Simon appeared/played together] on Saturday Night Live
You can watch them by visiting the following videoclip link [I wish I could embed it here... ]:
Mine is civil holiday in Italy. It's our "Liberation Day", so my father was suggested to name me "Liberata"... but luckily he turned down that suggestion!
| | Paul Dixon
Local time: 20:46
Portuguese to English
Some famous events that happened on this day:
Pelé scored his thousandth goal, a penalty against Vasco da Gama (1969)
The Brazilian Flag was created (1889)
Warsaw University is established (1816)
Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address (1863)
Afghanistan, Iceland and Sweden join the United Nations (1946)
The Ford Motor Company announces the discontinuation of the Edsel car (1959)
In Geneva, Reagan and Gorbachev meet for the first time (1985)
The first National Lottery draw is held in the United Kingdom (1994)
Impeachment hearings against Bill Clinton are started, in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky affair (1998)
Indira Gandhi was born (1917)
Puerto Rico was discovered (1493)
and, last but not least...
I was born (1959)
(I got some help from Wikipedia in compiling this list)
| | NancyLynn
Local time: 19:46
French to English
| 21 October 1966 || Apr 17, 2009 |
1966 Wales Aberfan
21st October, 1966 : The Aberfan Disaster buried a junior school in Aberfan, Wales killing 148 people, mostly children . The school was buried by a landslide of mud and waste sludge created from the local Merthyr Vale Colliery which was 700ft high and towered over the local school before it collapsed .
But on the bright side:
1945 France Women Get The Vote
21st October, 1945 : Women in France get the right to vote in the parliamentary elections as part of the woman's suffrage movement. Many attribute the start of the modern woman's suffrage movement to women in France in the 18th century.
1949 U.S.A. Female Federal Judge
21st October, 1949: Harry S. Truman appoints the first female federal judge in the nation. Burnita Shelton Matthews from Hazelhurst, MS
| What a special day to have a birthday! || Apr 17, 2009 |
Ligia Dias Costa wrote:
My birthday is 24th December. I don't think anything special happened, do you?
Obviously you mean to point out that your birthday is on one of the most important days of the Christian year (though Good Friday is the most important day, and Jesus was not actually born on 24th December, but is thought to have been born in the season of early Spring).
Congratulations for having your birthday on such a special day! (My birthday is on 28th December).
| | Stephen Rifkind
Local time: 02:46
French to English
| My birthday is a holiday! || Apr 17, 2009 |
The U.S. government declared my birthday a holiday. Wasn't that nice of it? January 15th is Martin Luther King day. Also, the first Super Bowl (American football) was played on a January 15th. Otherwise, nobody every said "Beware of the ides of January"
| | Word_Wise
Local time: 00:46
English to Romanian
| Mine is Today || Apr 17, 2009 |
2009: New topic "Your birthday in history" posted!!!
Bay of Pigs 17th April ( 1961 ): A group of 1,500 Cuban exiles supported by the US government invaded the Bay of Pigs on the southern coast of Cuba in an attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.
WPC Yvonne Fletcher 17th April ( 1984 ) WPC Yvonne Fletcher a London police officer is shot and killed while helping control a small demonstration outside the Libyan People's Bureau Embassy in central London.
and a positive one:
Ford Mustang Unveiled 17th April ( 1964 ) The Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York World's Fair on April 17, 1964. The Mustang was championed by Ford Division general manager Lee Iacocca, with a suggested retail price of $2,368. The car was a great success and sold over one million cars in its first 18 months.
Also, I like Wikipedia:
1894 – Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1971)
1734 – Taksin, King of Thailand (d. 1782)
Holidays and observances
* Liturgical Feast day of the following Catholic saints:
o Pope Anicetus (d. 166)
o Saint Stephen Harding (d. 1134)
* Simeon Barsabae and companions
* Independence Day of Syria
* Women's Day in Gabon
* World Hemophilia Day
* Flag Day in American Samoa
Happy birthday to everyone whose birthday is today!!! I am working
[Edited at 2009-04-17 13:38 GMT]
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