Today is Ride the Wind Day. Yes, just go ahead and enjoy the wind from as high up as you can get. In a plane, balloon, parachute. If you can’t get into something that extravagant, then try using a kite, feel the wind play with the string, or a sailboat, motorcycle, or just drive around all day with the windows down in your car. Stick your head out the window, like your favorite puppy!
POSSIBLE BIRTHDAY PARTIES TODAY:
Kobe Bryant (1978), NBA player; Rick Springfield (1949), singer of Jessie’s Girl was once featured on General Hospital; Shelley Long (1949), actress known for her role as “Diane” on Cheers; Ronny Cox (1938), Do you remember him in Apple’s Way and Beverly Hills Cop?; Sonny Jurgensen (1934), NFL quarterback; Barbara Eden (1934), I Dream of Jeannie actress; Vera Miles (1929), actress seen in Psycho, The Searchers, Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle; and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Gene Kelly (1912), actor/singer/dancer featured in dozens of films such as, Singing in the Rain, For An American in Paris; Me and My Gal; and Xanadu; Edgar Lee Masters (1869); wrote what is known as the Spoon River Anthology. King Louis XVI (1754), those who can’t read foreign languages, XVI=16th-Louie was married to ‘cake guru’ Marie Antoinette, they both lost their heads during the French Revolution.
HISTORICALLY SPEAKING, IN:
1989 – Pete Rose, manager of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, was banned for life from participating in baseball in any way for betting on baseball games.
1979 – Aleksandr Godunov performed in NYC during the Bolshoi Ballet’s US visit. He defected following his performance.
1926 – At the age of 31, Rudolph Valentino, Hollywood’s first male sex symbol, died of infection from a ruptured ulcer.
1904 – Harold D Weed patented his “Grip-Tread for Pneumatic Tires”. A non-skid chain system to use on automobile tires for slick conditions. Got to love those Canastota, New Yorkers!!!
1902 – Fannie Farmer opened Miss Marmer’s School of Cookery in Boston, MA. She standardized measurements in recipes…no more handfuls of this and bunch of that.
1784 – State of Franklin declared independence from the State of North Carolina. The four NC counties, Washington, Sullivan, Spencer (now Hawkins) and Green, set up their own independent government when NC ceded them to the US Congress and were afraid that the would be “sold” to pay of government debt. This did not happen, and the state eventually was returned to be governed by NC and soon became part of the State of Tennessee.