My Birthday today…..


37-1Well, another year rolls on past… In the immortal words of our fearless Leader, Kevin Rudd, “We all age every day…” . Today is my 37th Birthday. Thanks to those that called, wrote, those who bought cake for arvo tea and to all who wished me well through various media.

I share this birthday with such luminaries as Larry King, Ted Turner, Calvin Klein, Allison Janney, Meg Ryan, Jodie Foster, Jason Scott Lee and the McCaughey septuplets.

Other events on this day include

  • 1095 – The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land, begins.
  • 1493Christopher Columbus goes ashore on an island he first saw the day before. He names it San Juan Bautista (later renamed Puerto Rico).
  • 1794 – The United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain sign Jay’s Treaty, which attempts to clear up some of the lingering
  • 1863American Civil War: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the military cemetery dedication ceremony at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
  • 1941World War II: Battle between HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran. The two ships sink each other off the coast of Western Australia, with the loss of 645 Australians and about 77 German seamen.
  • 1942 – World War II: Battle of StalingradSoviet Union forces under General Georgy Zhukov launch the Operation Uranus counterattacks at Stalingrad, turning the tide of the battle in the USSR’s favor.
  • 1944 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces the 6th War Loan Drive, aimed at selling $14 billion USD in war bonds to help pay for the war effort.
  • 1946Afghanistan, Iceland and Sweden join the United Nations.
  • 1959Ford Motor Company announces the discontinuation of the unpopular Edsel.
  • 1969Apollo program: Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum ("Ocean of Storms") and become the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon.
  • 1969 – Football player Pelé scores his 1,000th goal.
  • 1977Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, when he meets with Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and speaks before the Knesset in Jerusalem, seeking a permanent peace settlement.
  • 1979Iran hostage crisis: Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini orders the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the US Embassy in Tehran.
  • 1985Cold War: In Geneva, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time.
  • 1988Serbian communist representative and future Serbian and Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic publicly declared that Serbia was under attack from Albanian separatism in Kosovo as well as internal treachery within Yugoslavia and foreign conspiracy to destroy Serbia and Yugoslavia.
  • 1990Pop group Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It’s True album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals.
  • 1994 – In Great Britain, the first National Lottery draw is held. A £1 ticket gave a one-in-14-million chance of correctly guessing the winning six out of 49 numbers.
  • 1997 – In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to septuplets in the second known case where all seven babies were born alive. They would go on to become the first set of septuplets to survive infancy, with all seven alive in 2008.
  • 1998Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.
  • 1999Shenzhou 1: The People’s Republic of China launches its first Shenzhou spacecraft.
  • The Number 37 seems to have a lot of connotations, more than I ever new.. I knew it was a prime number and all that but check these out (thanks to Wikipedia)…


    In mathematics

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    In science


    In other fields

    Thirty-seven is:


    • There are 37 holes in the mouthpiece of a telephone. (Note).
    • There are 37 bars in the digits of a digital watch. (Note).
    • All American Express card numbers begin with 37. (Pictures below.)
    • In a "3-4-5" right triangle, the small angle is approximately 37 degrees. (Note).
    • There were 37 extramarital affairs on "Dallas" during the 1980s.
    • There are 37 miracles in the Bible. (Note).
    • In the Bible, Psalm 37 is one of the few that are acrostic. (Note).
    • The smallest number such that there is no consonant/vowel pattern matching exactly that many OSPD words is 37. (Note).
    • A classic "psychic prediction" trick has an answer of 37. (Note).
    • There are 37 pages in the rulebook for "The Great Dalmuti".
    • Exp(Pi*Sqrt(37)) is very close to an integer. (Note).
    • There are 37 dramatic situations in the Screenwriters’ FAQ. (Note).
    • "Les Miserables" has a cast of 37. (Note).
    • There’s a list of 37 politically correct ways to say someone is stupid. (Note).
    • There are 37 ways to make $5 using denominations of 5.00, 1.00, 0.50, and 0.25. (Note).
    • A collection of Beethoven’s complete symphonies would have 37 tracks. (Note).
    • Elaine slept with Jerry 37 times. (Note).
    • A world-record meatloaf contained 37 pounds of spices. (Note).
    • If a bunch of people toss their hats into the air and randomly retrieve them, the probability that no one will end up with their own hat is about 37%. (Note).
    • The 37th Greek word in Strong’s dictionary is "hagiazo", which is translated as "hallow", "be holy" or "sanctify". (Note).
    • There are 37 different ways to throw 26 with 1 or 2 scoring darts. (Note).
    • There are 37 points in a "perfect" bridge hand. (Note).
    • By 1995 personal computers were in 37 percent of American households. (Note).
    • 37 is the first irregular prime number. (Note).
    • Dilbert is 37% like Scott Adams. (Note).
    • 37% of Americans claim to know how to use all the features on their VCR. (Note).
    • 37% of all car owners don’t know how to use portable cup holders. (Note).
    • The 37th Amendment guarantees that you can post whatever the hell you want to the net. (Note).
    • Only 37% of adults believe today’s children will grow up to make the world a better place. (Note).
    • In 1994, 37 percent of the milk sold was whole. (Note).
    • 37% of pregnancies resulting from in vitro fertilization are multiple. (Note).
    • A whole bunch of "American Averages" involve 37.
    • Tyrannosaurus rex has 37 vertebrae in its tail. (Note).
    • 37% of men fantasize about their coworkers. (Note).
    • If a fertile man and woman have sex every day for a month, there is a 37% chance of pregnancy. (Note).
    • It takes 37 minutes to earn enough money to buy a Big Mac. (Note).
    • Applicants for jobs in law enforcement with the U.S. Treasury Department must be under 37 years old. (Note).
    • There are 37 U.S. Federal Reserve Banks. (Note).
    • The French version of the Roulette wheel has 37 numbers.
    • SPAM was invented in 1937.

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