Saturday, January 14, 2012

A January 14 Birthday

We all share our special day across the decades with people and events. You may think you are the most important thing that happened on your birthday, but probably not...

I happen to share my birthday with Albert Schweitzer and Benedict Arnold. A fine pair if ever there was. 

Henri Fantin-Latour, Berthe Morisot, Cecil Beaton, and Steven Soderbergh also claim this day, as do Faye Dunaway and LL Cool J.
Andy Rooney, Jack Jones, William Bendix, Nina Totenberg, Carl Weathers, Jason Bateman, and Georgine Darcy (Miss Torso in Rear Window) add to the 14th of January birthday crew. 
Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio on the 14th, and Diana Ross & the Supremes, and the Sex Pistols, gave their final performances (not together). 
The Today Show, Sanford and Son, and The Simpsons premiered, George Wallace was inaugurated as Alabama’s governor, and FDR became the first President to travel by plane while in office when he touched down in Casablanca to meet with Churchill on this day.
We said good-bye to these people on a January 14: Ray Kroc, Shelley Winters, Barry Fitzgerald, Peter Finch, and Donna Reed.
Sonny and Cher released “The Beat Goes On”, and Elvis Presley broadcast his “Aloha from Hawaii” concert live via satellite (that one’s for you, Marilyn). 
Queen Margrethe II ascended the throne of Denmark, where she still reigns today.
Here’s hoping you share your birthday with some equally interesting people and events, and I’ll leave you with a quote from Hendrik Willem Van Loon (born January 14):
“Any frontal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most previous possession, their ignorance.”
Cheers! I still get this excited about birthday cake!