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On this day in history... [Aug. 6th, 2003|12:04 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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Besides David "Kurt" Onstad being born in a San Juan, Puerto Rico hospital 29 years ago, the following also happened:

  • On Aug. 6, 1945, during World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare.
  • In 1787, the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began to debate the articles contained in a draft of the United States Constitution.
  • In 1806, the Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis I abdicated.
  • In 1825, Bolivia declared its independence from Peru.
  • In 1890, convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first person to be executed in the electric chair. He was put to death at Auburn State Prison in New York.
  • In 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war against Russia and Serbia declared war against Germany.
  • In 1926, Gertrude Ederle (news) of New York became the first American woman to swim the English Channel, in about 14 1/2 hours.
  • In 1962, Jamaica became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
  • In 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.
  • In 1978, 25 years ago, Pope Paul VI died at Castel Gandolfo at age 80.
  • In 1986, William J. Schroeder died after living 620 days with the Jarvik Seven artificial heart.
  • Ten years ago: The U.S. Senate joined the House in passing President Clinton's budget plan, 51-50, with a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Al Gore. Louis Freeh won Senate confirmation to be director of the FBI. Morihiro Hosokawa was elected the new prime minister of Japan by the country's lower house of Parliament.
  • Five years ago: Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent 8 1/2 hours testifying before a grand jury about her relationship with President Clinton. The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee voted to cite Attorney General Janet Reno for contempt of Congress for her refusal to turn over reports recommending that she seek an independent counsel to investigate campaign fund-raising.
  • One year ago: One-year-old Guatemalan twins joined at the head were separated at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center. President Bush signed legislation restoring broad trade negotiating authority to U.S. presidents.

    Notice how much death and war there is on my birthday...The other common theme seems to be independence...

    Coincidence?
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[User Picture]From: pottertilly
2003-08-06 12:17 pm (UTC)
Many "interesting" events, indeed, but admittedly, my brow raised (well, both would have to raise since I can't do the "one brow" thing, but I'm really just babbling now) at the fact you were born in Puerto Rico! Did you live there for very long?
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-08-06 12:20 pm (UTC)

PR Man...

Nope. Under a year. Well, over a year if you count my time as a fetus as well...

I've never been back there since, although I'd like to one day.
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