His and Hers is a weekly discussion of a question or topic relating
to marriage. On Friday, my wife and I each write our thoughts on the week’s
topic. I invite others to do the same with their spouses as an exercise in
Go to Wikipedia, enter your birthday in the search
box, and list the ten things in the resulting list that are most interesting
Mrs. Happy’s response
- 1582 – Due to the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
I’m none too happy that my birthday didn’t exist during this year in some
places, but it is quite interesting.
- 1905 – Wilbur Wright pilots
Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes. A world record
that stands until 1908.
- 1921 – Baseball:
The World Series was
broadcast on the radio for the first time.
- 1953 – The first documented recovery
meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is
- 1962 – The Beatles release
their first hit, “Love Me Do,” in Britain.
- 1969 – The first broadcast of Monty Python’s Flying Circus
- 1970 – PBS became a television network.
PBS and I go way back.
- 1974 – I Honestly Love You first
reaches #1 on the Billboard charts,
giving Olivia Newton-John her
first top-selling single in the United States.
I’m not a huge Olivia Newton-John fan, but this happened on my exact birthday.
- 1284 – According to legend, the Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away.
Mrs. Happy claims to have memorized Robert Browning’s 303-line poetic treatment
of this legend in high school. I have no reason to doubt her.
- 1945 – The United Nations Charter is signed.
- 1963 – John F. Kennedy speaks
the famous words “Ich bin ein Berliner” on
a visit to West Berlin.
I don’t speak German, but I’ve heard that this phrase translates to "I
am a jelly donut." Wikipedia disputes
this, however, saying he spoke correctly.
- 1964 – The Beatles release the album A Hard Day’s Night.
I think it’s cool that Mrs. Happy and I both share a significant date with
- 1974 – The first retail product (a pack of chewing gum) was sold using a barcode reader.
- 1977 – Last concert of Elvis Presley.
- 1997 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in
the U.S.), the
first book in J.K. Rowling‘s
hugely popular Harry Potter series,
- 1909 – Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley‘s manager (d. 1997)
I share two dubious dates with Elvis.
- 1912 – Jay Silverheels,
American actor (d. 1980)
This is the actor who played Tonto in the old TV series The Lone Ranger. Jay
Silverheels was actually his stage name. His given name was Harold
J. Smith, and he was born on a reservation in Canada.
Holidays and observances
If I were a Yankees fan, I would have included the fact that Derek
Jeter shares my birthday, and that he’s two years younger than me.