Sunday, April 16, 2006

By way of Tam, we have an interesting little historical exercise.

You go to Wikipedia, and you use your birthdate as a search. List three interesting fact, two births and one death.

Well, anything to get people interested in history, so here we go:

Three facts:
303 - Galerius, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire.

1917 - World War I: The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if that country declares war on the United States.

1831 - The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West.

Ooo...betrayal, political backstabbing, and broken promises.

Two births:
1786 - Wilhelm Grimm, German philologist and folklorist

1885 - Chester Nimitz, U.S. admiral

One storyteller and one butt-kicking Texas Fleet Admiral.

One death:
2006 - Dennis Weaver

A gifted actor, but mainly famous for his portrayal of a lawdog.

Hmm. Not a bad day to be born on.

LawDog

4 comments:

Harrison said...

"1917 - World War I: ...Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if that country declares war on the United States."

So almost 90 years later the Mexicans are on the verge of takin' 'em up on the offer? Isn't that carryin' maƱana a bit far?

NateG said...

Interesting... we share a birthday... I was doing just the same thing earlier, and recognized a few of the events.

Nathaniel Firethorn said...

Eerily enough, this is the second time today that I've read about the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. Read it in _Blue Highways_ this morning. Now I'm going to have to go look it up...

Anonymous said...

I can top yours....

Saddam was captured on my birthday (Dec. 13th) three years ago.

Hell of a good birthday present :-)