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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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On My Birthday...

Grabbed from gurudata

Go to Wikipedia, and enter your birthday with no year (e.g. "October 14") into the search function. Choose three events, three births, and three deaths that happened on that date.


1066 - Norman Conquest: Battle of Hastings - In England on Senlac Hill, seven miles from Hastings, the forces of William the Conqueror defeat the Saxon army and kill King Harold II of England.
1947 - Chuck Yeager flies a Bell X-1 faster than the speed of sound, the first man to do so in level flight.
1982 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaims a War on Drugs. (And it was a stunning success. Er, wait... )


1890 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th President of the United States (d. 1969)
1894 - E. E. Cummings, American poet (d. 1962)
1958 - Thomas Dolby, British musician


1318 - Edward Bruce, High King of Ireland
1944 - Erwin Rommel, German field marshall (b. 1891)
1959 - Errol Flynn, Australian actor (b. 1909)