Sunday, August 08, 2010
My Favorite Number
Yes, as my little brother knows, 37 is the best number. Why? We're not sure. It just is.
It also just happens that this number falls on my 2nd anniversary. :-) Happy anniversary babydoll! Love you lots, and I've had a wonderful two years with you so far!!!
Reasons why the number 37 is great:
- Richard Nixon was the 37th President of the United States.
- Stephen Strausburg, current phenomenon pitcher for the Washington Nationals, wears the number 37 on his jersey.
- Ron Artest wore the number 37 while he played for the Los Angeles Lakers.
- 37 is the normal temperature of a human body in degrees Celsius.
- William Shakespeare is believed to have written 37 plays (when you count Henry IV as three parts).
In the Year:
- It is believed that Saul of Tarsus "saw the light" in this year, and was henceforth known as Paul the Apostle.
- The Roman Emperor, Nero, was born in this year.
- Michigan became the 26th state admitted to the United States of America.
- Queen Victoria announced she was officially moving from St. James' Palace to Buckingham Palace.
- Wild Bill Hickok, Dwight L. Moody and Grover Cleveland were all born in this year.
- The Ohio River flooded, sinking the city of Paducah under the rising water. 27,000 residents were forced to relocate and it is still said to be the worst natural disaster to ever strike the city; even in light of the recent ice storm. In commemoration of the flood (and as protection from further such incidents), the city erected the flood wall, which has since been covered with murals, and is one of the city's most prominent tourist attractions.
- Howard Hughes set a new record by flying from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
- The first issue of the comic book Detective Comics was published in the United States. Twenty-seven issues later, Detective Comics introduced Batman. The comic went on to become the longest continually published comic magazine in American history; it is still published today.
- The first ever Krispy Kreme doughnut shop was opened.
- Abraham Lincoln's head was dedicated at Mount Rushmore.
- The first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was published by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. in London.
- John Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men, was first published.
- Warren Beatty, Merle Haggard, Billy D. Williams, Colin Powell, Jack Nicholson, Frankie Valli, Madeleine Albright, Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeeman, Jane Fonda, Anthony Hopkins, and (most importantly, because he's my favorite and because today, August 8th, is actually his birthday) Dustin Hoffman were all born in 1937.
In the Movies:
Walt Disney brought us his first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Cary Grant told us The Awful Truth, while Frank Capra directed us through the Lost Horizon. Shirley Temple portrayed the little girl Heidi, Spencer Tracy retold us Rudyard Kipling's story, Captain's Courageous, Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers burst through the Stage Door, and the Marx brothers took us to A Day at the Races.
I hope you've enjoyed this historical recounting as much as I have. I'm pretty sure I picked a great favorite number...especially considering the Nixon and Hoffman tidbits.
Don't make fun of me. Let me revel in my own nerdiness. Someday, maybe my daughter will appreciate these things as much as I do :)
....A mother can only dream.....