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Sunday, August 23, 2009

August 23rd - What's So Special About Today?

" Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life? " What is the average life span? Don't waste another day!

This weekend " Rally your girlfriends for the end of summer Car Races- race to the tracks for a night of food, fun and fast cars then spend Sunday - having Brunch, and browsing those little shops - the ones with Blenko - or else spend the day shopping for Blenko on line

This information was provided to the Blog - by Webmaster Steve with the assistance of WIKI an on line free encyclopedia. August 23 is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 130 days remaining until the end of the year

Only #130 BLENKO SHOPPING DAYS http://www.blenkoglass.com/ left in 2009!

79Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
1305William Wallace, Scottish patriot, is executed for high treason by Edward I of England.
1328Battle of Cassel: French troops stop an uprising of Flemish farmers.
1514Battle of Chaldiran ended with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, Safavids founder.
1541French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.
1555Calvinists are granted rights in the Netherlands.
1595Michael the Brave confronts the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni.
1708Meidingnu Pamheiba is crowned King of Manipur.
1775King George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion.
1784 – Western North Carolina (now eastern Tennessee) declares itself an independent state under the name of Franklin; it wasn’t accepted into the United States, and only lasted for four years.
1793French Revolution: a levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.
1799Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power.
1813 – At the Battle of Grossbeeren, the Prussians under Von Bülow repulse the French army.
1839 – The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares to war with Qing China. The ensuing 3-year conflict will later be known as the First Opium War.
1864 – The Union Navy captures Fort Morgan, Alabama, thus breaking Confederate dominance of all ports on the Gulf of Mexico.
1866Austro-Prussian War ends with the Treaty of Prague.
1873Albert Bridge in Chelsea, London opened.
1896 – First Cry of the Philippine Revolution is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila.
1904 – The automobile tire chain is patented.
1914World War I: Japan declares war on Germany and bombs Qingdao, China.
1914 – World War I: the Battle of Mons; the British Army begins withdrawal.
1923Capt. Lowell Smith and Lt. John P. Richter performed the first mid-air refueling on De Havilland DH-4B, setting an endurance flight record of 37 hours.
1927Sacco and Vanzetti are executed.
1929Hebron Massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attack on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine, continuing until the next day, resulted in the death of 65-68 Jews and the remaining Jews being forced to leave the city.
1939World War II: Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland are divided between the two nations.
1942 – World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.
1942 – World War II: The last cavalry charge in history takes place at Izbushensky.
1943 – World War II: Kharkov liberated.
1944 – World War II: Marseille liberated.
1944 – World War II King Michael of Romania dismisses the pro-Nazi government of General Antonescu, who is arrested. Romania switches sides from the Axis to the Allies.
1944 – Freckleton Air Disaster – A United States Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bomber crashes into a school in Freckleton, England killing 61 people.
1946Ordinance No. 46 of the British Military Government constitutes the German Land (state) of Schleswig-Holstein.
1948World Council of Churches is formed.
1954 – First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
1958Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People's Liberation Army's bombardment of Quemoy.
1966Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.
1975 – Successful Communist coup in Laos.
1977 – The Gossamer Condor wins the Kremer prize for human powered flight.
1979Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.
1982Bachir Gemayel is elected Lebanese President amidst the raging civil war.
1985Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany.
1989Hungary: the last communist government open the Iron curtain and causes the exodus of thousands of Eastern Germans to West Germany via Hungary (September 11).
1989Singing Revolution: two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stand on the Vilnius-Tallinn road, holding hands (Baltic Way).
1989 – 1,645 Australian domestic airline pilots resign after the airlines threaten to fire them and sue them over a dispute.
1990Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western "guests" (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.
1990 – Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
1990 – West Germany and East Germany announce that they will unite on October 3.
1996Osama bin Laden issues message entitled 'A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.'
2000 – A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
2006Natascha Kampusch, who is abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.

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1486Sigismund von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat and historian (d. 1566)
1524François Hotman, French lawyer and writer (d. 1590)
1623Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish Socinian theologist (d. 1675)
1724Abraham Yates, American Continental Congressman (d. 1796)
1741Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse, French explorer (d. 1788)
1754 – King Louis XVI of France (d. 1793)
1769Georges Cuvier, French biologist and statesman (d. 1832)
1783William Tierney Clark, English civil engineer (d. 1852)
1785Oliver Hazard Perry, American naval officer (d. 1819)
1805Anton von Schmerling, Austrian statesman (d. 1893)
1814James Roosevelt Bayley, American religious leader (d. 1877)
1829Moritz Cantor, German mathematician (d. 1920)
1836Marie Henriette of Austria, Queen of the Belgians (d. 1902)
1843William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher (d. 1932)
1846Alexander Milne Calder, American sculptor (d. 1923)
1847Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer (d. 1927)
1849William Ernest Henley, British poet, critic, and editor (d. 1903)
1852Arnold Toynbee, English economist and social reformer (d. 1883)
1852 – Clímaco Calderón, President of Colombia. (d. 1913)
1854Moritz Moszkowski, Polish/German composer (d. 1925)
1864Eleftherios Venizelos, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1936)
1868Edgar Lee Masters, American author (d. 1950)
1875William Eccles, English radio pioneer (d. 1966)
1875 – Eugene Lanceray, Russian artist (d. 1946)
1880Alexander Grin, Russian writer (d. 1932)
1883Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, American general (d. 1953)
1884Will Cuppy, American humorist (d. 1949)
1884 – Ogden L. Mills, American Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1937)
1900Ernst Krenek, Austrian-born composer (d. 1991)
1900 – Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer/songwriter (d. 1978)
1901John Sherman Cooper, American politician (d. 1991)
1901Guy Bush, Major League Baseball pitcher (d. 1985)
1903William Primrose, Scottish violist (d. 1982)
1905Constant Lambert, British composer (d. 1951)
1908Hannah Frank, Scottish artist (d. 2008)
1909Syd Buller, English cricketer (d. 1970)
1910Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer (d. 1979)
1911Birger Ruud, Norwegian ski-jumper (d. 1998)
1912Gene Kelly, American dancer and actor (d. 1996)
1917Tex Williams, American singer (d. 1985)
1919Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin, Russian mathematician (d. 1984)
1921Kenneth Arrow, American economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner
1921 – Sam Cook, England cricketer (d. 1996)
1922Jean Darling, American child actress
1922 – Pierre Gauvreau, French Canadian painter, television writer and producer
1922 – George Kell, American baseball player (d. 2009)
1923Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (d. 2003)
1924Ephraim Kishon, Israeli writer (d. 2005)
1924 – Robert Solow, American economist, Nobel laureate
1925Robert Mulligan, American movie and television director
1926Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist, (d. 2006)
1927Dick Bruna, Dutch illustrator
1927 – Martial Solal, French jazz pianist and composer
1928Marian Seldes, American actress
1929Vera Miles, American actress
1930Michel Rocard, French politician
1931Hamilton O. Smith, American microbiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
1932Houari Boumedienne, President of Algeria (d. 1978)
1932 – Mark Russell, American comedian and political commentator
1933Robert Curl, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
1933 – Pete Wilson, American politician
1934Barbara Eden, American actress and singer
1934 – Sonny Jurgensen, American football player
1936Henry Lee Lucas, American serial killer (d. 2001)
1943Nelson DeMille, American novelist
1944Antonia Novello, former United States Surgeon General
1945Rayfield Wright, American football player
1946Keith Moon, English musician (The Who) (d. 1978)
1947Willy Russell, British playwright
1947 – David Robb, British actor
1948Andrei Pleşu, Romanian writer, essayist
1948 – Daniel Ruettiger, American motivational speaker
1949Katiana Balanika, Greek actress and singer
1949 – Geoff Capes, English strongman
1949 – Shelley Long, American actress
1949 – Rick Springfield, Australian singer and actor
1951Akhmad Kadyrov, President of Chechnya (d. 2004)
1951 – Allan Bristow, American basketball head coach
1951 – Queen Noor of Jordan
1951 – Jimi Jamison, American singer (Survivor)
1952Vicky Leandros, Greek singer and politician
1953Bobby G, British singer (Bucks Fizz)
1954Charles Busch, American director, writer, actor and drag queen
1956Andreas Floer, German mathematician (d. 1991)
1956 – Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, Norwegian politician
1956 – Skipp Sudduth, American actor
1957Tasos Mitropoulos, Greek footballer and politician
1958Julio Franco, Dominican baseball player
1959George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player
1960Rodney Alan Greenblat, American graphic artist
1960 – Chris Potter, Canadian actor
1961Dean DeLeo, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots)
1961 – Gary Mabbutt, English footballer
1962Martin Cauchon, Canadian politician
1963Hans-Henning Fastrich, German field hockey player
1963 – Kenny Wallace, American race car driver
1963 – Park Chan-wook, Korean director and screenwriter
1963 – Richard Illingworth, England cricketer
1964Johan Bruyneel, Belgian cyclist
1964 – Kong Hee, Singaporean pastor
1964 – Yoshikazu Taru, Japanese professional wrestler
1964 – Wendy Pepper, American designer
1965Roger Avary, Canadian screenwriter, director, and producer
1966Rik Smits, Dutch-American basketball player
1967Richard Petrie, New Zealand cricketer
1968Chris DiMarco, American golfer
1969Keith Tyson, English artist
1969 – Jeremy Schaap, American sportswriter
1969 – Geneviève Brouillette, Quebec television and film actress
1970Jay Mohr, American actor and comedian
1970 – River Phoenix, American actor (d. 1993)
1970 – Lawrence Frank, American head coach
1970 – Brad Mehldau, American pianist
1971Demetrio Albertini, Italian footballer
1971 – BoneCrusher, American rapper
1972Martin Grainger, English footballer
1972 – Raul Casanova, Puerto Rican baseball player
1972 – Mark Butcher, England cricketer
1973Casey Blake, American baseball player
1973 – Kerry Walmsley, New Zealand cricketer
1973 – Malaika Arora Khan, Indian actress and model
1974Ray Park, Scottish actor
1974 – Seth Binzer, aka Shifty Shellshock, American musician (Crazy Town)
1974 – Benjamin Limo, Kenyan runner
1974 – Christian Beranek, American graphic novelist and actor
1975Eliza Carthy, English singer and fiddler
1975 – Sean Marks, New Zealander-born basketball player
1975 – Jarkko Ruutu, Finnish ice hockey player
1976Scott Caan, American actor
1976 – Pat Garrity, American basketball player
1977Douglas Sequeira, Costa Rican footballer
1978Kobe Bryant, American basketball player
1978 – Julian Casablancas, American singer (The Strokes)
1979Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer
1979 – Ritchie Neville, British musician
1980Denny Bautista, Dominican baseball player
1980 – Rex Grossman, American football player
1981 – Stephan Loboué, Ivorian footballer
1981 – Carmen Luvana, American pornographic actress.
1981 – Carlos Cuéllar, Spanish footballer
1982Natalie Coughlin, American swimmer
1982 – YTCracker, American musician
1982 – Scott Palguta, American soccer player
1982 – Erin Foster, American-born Canadian actress
1983Sun Ming Ming, Chinese basketball player
1984Glen Johnson, English football
Hillary Homburg - Dentist and Blenko Glass aficionado http://www.blenkoproject.org/.
1986Neil Cicierega, American cartoonist and musician
1987Nikki Gil, Filipina actress and host


Anonymous said...

Happy Day of Birth to you
Key ingredients to live enlightenment are: 1. Shakti (Energy) - Change Whatever You Can; 2. Buddhi (Intelligence) - Accept whatever that is not needed to be changed; 3. Yukthi (Clarity) - understanding that whatever you change, the whole world or what you call as reality is a constant and continuously changing dream, and 4. Bhakti (Devotion) A deep feeling of connection with the unchanging Energy or Master or Existence. When You Live all these dimensions experientially you are a Jivan Muktha or Living Enlightenment.

Anonymous said...

What number is this post?
How many email do you answer in any given week?
Why Blenko?
Where do you find the time?
Why Blenko?
Do you have a group of writers who help with this blog?
What are you paid? Per post or per sale?
These are my thoughts on this Sunday AM.
Britton E.

Anonymous said...

Wise Words...
Many Many happy returns of the day!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

If you spin an oriental man in a circle three times, does he become disoriented?
Happy B-day Hilary.
Guess Who.

bridgett said...

Are you 24 now?
Happy Birthday
Awesome words live every day to the fullest.
Soon, very soon I plan to begin (ha ha).

glassbug said...

Happy Birthday to you Doc!
Start at the beginning of blog and you will find the answers to your questions. 1)Hilary has transformed from student to dentist in the four years or so I have been reading.
2)Hilary takes no money from Blenko, has no relatives at Blenko,3) claims to have no special knowledge of Blenko, she does have a group of blenko collectors who provide answers and photos and some write. 4) Promotes Blenko 24/7 my bet is she talks Blenko as she extracts the molars.
5)If one refrains from swearing, making negative comments toward Blenko, or asking her out they are welcome.
I return weekly, as she is charming, I am addicted and the photos are excellent, tidbits of info hidden in each post.
About the number? I'm uncertain
Doc what is the number?

Dr.BOB said...

Happy Birthday to U.
My son will be at OSU Med Center in December for a 9 month course.
We should arrange for a meeting.

sweetdoc said...

What does one receive for a 25th Bday?
More Blenko?

sweetdoc said...

I counted and there are over 1,400 post. She answers at least 7 emails a week from my group of collectors. Can't speak to volumne of mail? Hilary how much mail per week?
While Hilary may not be a Blenko or Blenko employee but she functions as if she were.
Energizer bunny for glass in west virginia.
She inspires me to spend, spend, spend.

Anonymous said...

Belated Birthday Wishes.

Anonymous said...

shakti = energy
I learn something new here each time. Vocabulary improvement.

Anonymous said...

Doctor Hillary
Happy 25th Birthday Celebration.
What gifts did you receive?
How did you spend the day?
How is Columbus and OSU?
Margie Hale