In celebration of my birthday, and the fact that I’m fighting fires right now at work, here are a few intriguing snippets of what went down this day in history (courtesy of Wikipedia):
- 338 BC – A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean.
- 1776 – The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.
- 1869 – Japan’s Edo society class system is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms.
- 1923 – Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes U.S. President upon the death of President Warren G. Harding.
- 1932 – The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.
- 1943 – Jewish prisoners stage a revolt at Treblinka, one of the deadliest of Nazi death camps where approximately 900,000 persons were murdered in less than 18 months.
I missed my writing block this morning due to the day job issues (ahh, the IT life). Hoping I can make up for it during lunch.