Nothing like a gratuitous slap at the United States to spice up some “Odd News” from Reuters: World’s oldest person celebrates 115th birthday.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A Dutch woman who swears by a daily helping of herring for a healthy life celebrated her 115th birthday on Wednesday as the oldest living person on record.
Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, a former needlework teacher, was born in 1890, the year Sioux Indians were massacred by the U.S. military at the Battle of Wounded Knee.
Just to reinforce his point, I think most Americans are too ignorant to know any specific dates about Indian massacres, only that they happened in a sort of nebulous “Cowboy ‘n Indians/Wild Wild West” period of American History, occurring anywhere between The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Civil War) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (turn of the Century). History’s a little pet subject of mine, and I can’t help but think there are lots of other more time-specific occasions we could choose from 1890.
Some other events we might care about:
- March 9 – (Birth of) Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet politician (d. 1986)<br/>
- May 19 – (Birth of) Ho Chi Minh, President of North Vietnam (d. 1969)<br/>
- July 1 – Britain receives Zanzibar from Germany in exchange of Heligoland<br/>
- July 3 – Idaho is admitted as the 43rd U.S. state.<br/>
- July 10 – Wyoming is admitted as the 44th U.S. state.<br/>
- July 22 – (Birth of) Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, American philantropist and matriarch of the Kennedy family<br/>
- July 27 – Vincent van Gogh shoots himself to the chest and dies two days later<br/>
- September 10 – (Birth of) Elsa Schiaparelli, French couturiere (d. 1973)<br/>
- September 15 – (Birth of) Agatha Christie, English writer (d. 1976) (my favourite)<br/>
- September 20 – (Birth of) Jelly Roll Morton, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1941)<br/>
- October 2 – (Birth of) Groucho Marx, American comedian (d. 1977)<br/>
- October 14 – (Birth of) Dwight David Eisenhower, U.S. general and President of the United States (d. 1969)<br/>
- November 29 – The Meiji Constitution goes into effect in Japan and the first Diet convenes