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July 29, 2004

Happy Birthday!!

Today is the Keeper of Castle Argghhh's! birthday!

Happy Birthday, John!

Since I forgot to close the door, and Beth snuck in and posted, I might as well add this:

It's a mixed bag for birthdays on the 29th of July:

1805 Alexis de Toqueville, who understood America
1817 James Blair Steedman, Maj Gen, U.S., d. 1883
1828 Cuvier Grover, Bvt Maj Gen, U.S., d. 1885
1830 Alvan Cullem Gillem, Mar Gen, U.S., d. 1875
1871 Rasputin, Russian monk who proved very hard to kill in 1916.
1883 Benito Mussolini, WW I veteran
1905 Dag Hammerskjold, Secretar General (1953-1961), Nobelist (1961)

Like I said, mixed bag.

In military history, it's arguably worse, what with officer reliefs, sinkings, bad fires, and a portable tennis court. It looks like it's a good thing I didn't want to be sailor...

1846 Landing party U.S. Sloop-of-War Cyane capture San Diego, Ca
1864 Battle of Macon, GA (Stoneman's Raid)
1874 Maj. Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court
1918 Assistant SecNav Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Queenstown, Ireland
1937 China Incident: Japanese troops occupy Peking & Tientsin
1942 Japanese retake Kokoda from the Australians, who fall back on Deniki.
1942 Japanese reinforcements land at Buna, despite some losses to Allied air.
1943 New Guinea: 43rd Div Cdr relieved, as his troops press on slowly.
1944 Marines take Orote airstrip on Guam, despite fierce Japanese resistance.
1945 U.S. warships shell naval and air bases on Honshu.
1945 CA Indianapolis torpedoed & sunk; nearly 900 die over the next four days.
1945 U.S. warships shell naval and air bases on Honshu.
1949 Berlin Airlift ends, as Sovite give up Berlin blockade
1953 Soviets shoot down US bomber at north of Vladivostok
1966 Military coup by Nigerian Chief of Staff Jakubu Gowon
1967 Fire aboard carrier USS Forrestal in Gulf of Tonkin, 134 die