On this day, 22 years ago, the world changed forever. In the future, the distant ancestors of humanity will sound trumpets from their homes all across the galaxy and will remember the most important day in the history of the species; The day Steven Zuber was born.
Maybe that’s a little over-the-top.
But here are some cool facts about today!
- See this link for a full list of historical events and famous births/deaths on this day. My name is conspicuously absent.
- It is actually the celebrated Blasphemy Day! (Coincidence?! …Probably.)
- 1630: One of the first Pilgrims to land in America, John Billington, was hanged for murder, the first American criminal to be executed.
- 1981 U.S. national debt reaches $1 trillion.
- 2002: A man was charged with criminal mischief after he attempted, unsuccessfully, to bungee jump from a Vancouver bridge to the deck of a passing cruise ship. The jumper miscalculated the ship’s speed and suffered minor head injuries when he bounced off its tennis court, volleyball net and a deck railing before being left dangling in mid-air as the ship sailed away.
- 2005: A U.N. health official warned that bird flu could spread to humans at any time, killing anywhere from 5 million to 150 million people.
- And what would a list of date-of-birth trivia be without a little math? Given that the earth is about 93 million miles from the sun, and based on the speed of the Earth as it travels through space (about 67,000 mph) and the time it takes to complete a full orbit (approximately 365 days), an orbit’s length is about 587 million miles. That means that I have travelled (in space, not including rotation or travel on the planet) roughly 12,914,000,000 miles!