Today in History – Aug. 12 —

Today is my 48th birthday. I’m a better person to be able to write that out. The link above has lots of trivia about the day but here is a selection:

Today is Sunday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2007. There are 141 days left in the year.

On this date:

In 1898, fighting in the Spanish-American War came to an end.

In 1898, Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States.

In 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test by taking off atop a Boeing 747, separating, then touching down in California’s Mojave Desert.

Five years ago: Iraq’s information minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, told the Arabic satellite television station Al-Jazeera that there was no need for U.N. weapons inspectors to return to Baghdad and branded as a “lie” allegations that Saddam Hussein still had weapons of mass destruction.

One year ago: Thousands of people gathered across from the White House, even though President Bush was out of town, to condemn U.S. and Israeli policies in the Middle East.

Today’s Birthdays: Choreographer Michael Kidd is 88. Actor George Hamilton is 68. Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 58. Jazz musician Pat Metheny is 53. Actor Sam J. Jones is 53. Pop musician Roy Hay (Culture Club) is 46. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 44. Actor Peter Krause is 42. Tennis player Pete Sampras is 36. Actor Michael Ian Black is 36. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 35. Actor Casey Affleck is 32.

On personal note, I went up to Baltimore to see the Orioles play the Red Sox (O’s won 6-3 in the 10th). It was a sold out game and we had incredible seats courtesy of my nephew’s girlfriend’s brother’s girlfriend (no, that isn’t from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). We were in section 260 on the club level. Here was the view:

Section 260 view

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