Aug. 14th, 2008

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Aug. 14th, 2008 02:10 pm
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Wikipedia your birthday and pick 4 events, 3 births, 2 deaths, and 1 holiday

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/31st_March


Events:
2008 - Aloha Airlines, a bankrupt airline, permanently ends passenger service
1998 - Netscape releases the code base of its browser under an open-source license agreement; the project is given the code name Mozilla and would eventually be spun off into the non-profit Mozilla Foundation.
1918 - Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.
1889 - The Eiffel Tower is inaugurated.

Bonus:
1970 - Nine terrorists from the Japanese Red Army hijacked Japan Airlines Flight 351 at Tokyo International Airport, wielding samurai swords and carrying a bomb.
Births:
1927 - César Chávez, American labor activist (d. 1993)
1943 - Christopher Walken, American actor
1948 - Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
Deaths:
1945 - Anne Frank, German-born diarist (b. 1929)
1993 - Brandon Lee, American actor (b. 1965) (the year I was supposed to graduate high school)
Holiday:
New Jersey - Thomas Mundy Peterson Day

On March 31, 1870, Thomas Mundy Peterson (1824 - 1904) of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States, became the first African-American to vote in an election under the just-enacted provisions of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution.[1]

He was born in Metuchen, New Jersey, to parents that had been slaves owned by the Mundy family.

He was a school custodian in Perth Amboy. Active in the Republican Party, he became that the city's first African-American to hold elected office, on the Middlesex County Commission.[2] He was also the city's first "colored" person to serve on a jury.

Decades later, the school where Peterson had worked was renamed after him.

In New Jersey, March 31 is annually celebrated as Thomas Mundy Peterson Day in recognition of his historic vote.[3]

 

Fuck yeah! And, of course, Cesar Chavez Day. Which is a Rainbow Coop holiday.


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