Thursday, 18 October 2007

On This Day?

Heather's water broke this morning and she is at 8cm (as of 1:50pm) so there's little doubt that today's the day!

Thanks to everyone who has emailed and called in to wish us luck. Hopefully, the next post will include the photo of a grumpy, pruney bundle of joy.

I thought I'd check Wikipedia's entry for this day in history for a bit of inspiration with names and out of general curiosity. I didn't spot any really momentous events. Here are a few slightly eventful moments:
  • 1991 - Azerbaijan declares independence from USSR
  • 1954 - Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
  • 1944 - Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia
  • 1929 - Women are considered "Persons" under law in Canada.
  • 1922 - The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service.
  • 1867 - United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
  • 1016 - The Danes defeat the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon.
  • 1210 - Pope Innocent III excommunicates German leader Otto IV
  • 68867BC - Ice Age begins

And here's a sample of the famous fellow 18th Octobrians he'll be competing with. They're quite a motley bunch so I'm not worried for him.

  • 1926 - Chuck Berry, American musician
  • 1949 - Joe Egan, British musician (Stealers Wheel)
  • 1949 - Gary Richrath, American musician (REO Speedwagon)
Regular Actors:
  • 1951 - Pam Dawber, American actress
  • 1961 - Erin Moran American actress
Kick-boxing Actors:
  • 1960 - Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor

Tennis Players:
  • 1956 - Martina Navrátilová, Czech-born tennis player

Purported Assassin's of US Presidents:
  • 1939 - Lee Harvey Oswald, purported American assassin of John F. Kennedy (d. 1963)

UK Children's TV Loners:
  • 1955 - Timmy Mallett, British TV presenter
  • 1947 - Paul Chuckle, British comedian

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