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May 31 Is a Special Day

Saturday, May 31, 2008

I’ll bet you didn’t know that some very important things have happened on May 31 throughout the years:

1279 (BC) — Rameses II became pharoah of Egypt
1669 — Author and poet Samuel Pepys records the last entry in his famous diary
1678 — the Godiva procession through Coventry began
1775 — the Mecklenburg Resolutions are adopted, urging the American Colonies to declare independence from Britain
1790 — the first US Copyright statute is enacted (Copyright Act of 1790)
1862 — Battle of Seven Pines (American Civil War)
1864 — Battle of Cold Harbor (American Civil War)
1889 — Johnstown (PA) Flood
1911 — RMS Titanic launched, at which time a White Star employee was quoted as saying, “Not even God himself could sink this ship.”
1916 — Battle of Jutland (WWI)
1927 — the last Model-T Ford rolls off the assembly line
1961 — Republic of South Africa created
1971 — Last Monday in May officially declared “Memorial Day” (U.S.)
1977 — Trans-Alaska pipeline completed
1998 — “Ginger” leaves the Spice Girls

There are also a lot of very special people who were born on May 31:
Comedian Fred Allen (1894)
Actor Don Ameche (1904)
Actor Tom Berenger (1949)
Rapper D.M.C. (Darryl McDaniels) (1964)
Actor Clint Eastwood (1930)
Actor Collin Farrell (1976)
Actress Sharon Gless (1943)
Congressman Duncan Hunter (1948.)
Quarterback Joe Namath (1943)
Pastor, Author, and Founder of Guideposts Norman Vincent Peale (1898.)
Musician Johnny Paycheck (1938.)
Prince Rainier III of Monaco (1923)
Actor Kyle Secor (1957)
Actress Brooke Shields (1965)
Actress Lea Thompson (1961)
Author Walt Whitman (1819)
Comedian Chris Elliot (1960)
American Idol Contestant David Hernandez (1983)
Author Kaye Dacus (19??)

Β Since I’m here and you’re there, I thought I’d share my virtual birthday cake with you!

12 Comments
  1. Saturday, May 31, 2008 9:51 am

    Happy birthday! The cake looks lovely…and am I reading the list right? You and Collin Farrell share a birthday?

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  2. Saturday, May 31, 2008 10:57 am

    You share your special day with some pretty impressive people! Happy birthday, Kaye!

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  3. Saturday, May 31, 2008 11:42 am

    Out of that whole list you choose Collin Farrell? Not Joe Namath? πŸ™‚

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  4. Caleb permalink
    Saturday, May 31, 2008 12:44 pm

    Ah, 19??, hmm? Very clever. But we all know it’s 1984, just like the George Orwell book. You’re not fooling anyone!

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  5. Saturday, May 31, 2008 12:54 pm

    Happy Birthday, Kaye!

    The ones who caught my eye were Brooke Shields and Walt Whitman. Go figure!

    Enjoy that cake and enjoy your day. Many blessings!

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  6. Saturday, May 31, 2008 1:08 pm

    I thought that was where this was going!

    Happy birthday!

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  7. Judy permalink
    Saturday, May 31, 2008 5:41 pm

    I’d done this before so knew when I woke early in the morning with some mild contractions that it was time. Four weeks before I’d gone to the hospital to be told “false labor.” Nothing false that May in 19?? My sisters took the 2 yr old and my mother drove me to the hospital. Her dad, a career Army officer, was in South Korea for a year and had just left about 6 weeks earlier. He would not see her before she was 6 months old. This was before sonograms so it was a wonderful surprise when I saw the mop of fine dark hair atop a face with huge blue eyes and a tiny bow mouth. Happy birthday, baby.

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  8. Saturday, May 31, 2008 6:32 pm

    Happy Birthday, fellow Lostie. πŸ™‚

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  9. Saturday, May 31, 2008 8:16 pm

    Happiest of birthdays, Kaye. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for sharing your cake, and THANK YOU for making it chocolate. White cake=why bother. heehee

    Enjoy your special 19th birthday! πŸ˜‰

    Gwen Stewart

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  10. Carol Collett permalink
    Saturday, May 31, 2008 8:58 pm

    Happy birthday Kaye. Hope it’s been wonderful.

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  11. Saturday, May 31, 2008 10:24 pm

    Happy Birthday! πŸ™‚

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  12. Monday, June 2, 2008 7:09 am

    Happy Birthday! πŸ™‚

    (Random Fact: I was due on May 31st only decided to come 10 days late.)

    β€œNot even God himself could sink this ship.” – Never mess with God. He’ll win every time. πŸ™‚

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