Friday, August 3, 2007


August 3 is a rather unique day, and like all the other days of the year has many events associated with it:
- In 1942, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
- In 1527, the first known letter was sent from North America by John Rut while at St. John's, Newfoundland.
- In 1678, Robert LaSalle built the Le Griffon, the first known ship built in America.
- In 1852, the first Boat Race was held between Yale and Harvard as the first American intercollegiate athletic event.
- In 1900, the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company was founded.
- In 1923, President Warren G. Harding (deceased) was succeeded by Vice President Calvin Coolidge as the 30th President of the United States.
- In 1936, Jesse Owens won the 100 meter dash by defeating Ralph Metcalfe at Berlin Olympics.
- In 1946, the National Basketball Association was founded in the United States.
- In 2004, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopened after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Several notable people were also born on this day:
1770 - King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia
1811 - Elisha Graves Otis, American inventor
1887 - Rupert Brooke, English poet
1900 - John T. Scopes, American defendant
1926 - Tony Bennett, American singer
1940 - Martin Sheen, American actor
1941 - Martha Stewart, American media personality
1963 - Isaiah Washington, American actor
1963 - James Hetfield, American guitar player (Metallica)
1971 - DJ Spinderella, American rapper (Salt-N-Pepa)
1977 - Tom Brady, American football player
1979 - Evangeline Lilly, Canadian model/actress
1984 - Carah Faye Charnow, American singer (Shiny Toy Guns)

But for me, there is one event which eclipses all of them.

At 5:05am on a Thursday morning, the love of my life entered this world.

Happy Birthday, Bethy.

May you wish upon every star you see tonight,
and may all your dreams come true.

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