30 Day Challenge 3

4 May, 2011
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OK, this will take a little digging on your part. Fun, ja? Research first thing in the morning?

Day 3
List five interesting facts about the year you were born.

I know BoomR, Suzanne and I share the same birth year, so I’ll try not to take all the cool ones. :-)

In 1959…

  1. Bonanza premiered on NBC. It was the first weekly television series broadcast completely in color.
  2. The average cost of a new home was $12, 400.
  3. Ben Hur won Best Picture at the Oscars.
  4. On 3 February, the music died.
  5. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president — the last US president to be born in the 19th century (1890). His vice president was Richard Nixon.

Interesting, I know. :P  Who says you don’t learn anything by reading  the Fink? OK, let’s get crackalackin’. Click here and have at it.

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Meg's Mom
Meg's Mom
4 May, 2011 6:01 am

OK, I’ll try…but not disclosing the year…just admittin’ that you and I are might close, girlie!

1. Theodore Geisel wrote The Cat in the Hat as Dr. Seuss.
2. American Bandstand went national with Dick Clark as host.
3. Frozen Pizza was first introduced to the supermarket shelves.
4. Velcro was patented.
5. The average American production worker made $82.32 per week.


Country Mouse
Country Mouse
4 May, 2011 6:59 am

In 1965…..

1. The Top Selling Movie was “The Sound of Music”.
2. A movie ticket to that movie would have cost $1.01.
3. Lyndon Johnson was sworn in to his own term as President.
4. The Voting Rights Acts was signed into law.
5. “I Dream of Jeannie” premieres.


4 May, 2011 9:16 am

In 1986:

1. The Phantom of the Opera (which ended up being the longest running Broadway show in history) opened in London.
2. The first computer virus started to spread. It was called “Brain”.
3. The U.S. (finally) approves the treaty to outlaw genocide.
4. The Council on Competitiveness was founded (it’s not what you think… but it would be hilarious if it had nothing to do with politics).

…and most important…ly….
5. Mark Harmon was voted Sexiest Man of the Year. A fact that still remains true today.


4 May, 2011 9:40 am

OK, I’ll Bite.
The year I was born:
1. The average house price was $18,200.
2. Elvis Presley entered the Army
3. Bobby Fischer, age 14, won the American Chess Championship
4. The number one bestseller was Dr. Zhivago
5. The number one song on the day I was born was ‘Tequila’ by The Champs



4 May, 2011 9:48 am

OK so now I HAVE to do research for your site!! So 1950 “twas a very good year” 1. Cinderella was in the theaters – Is that why I have an aversion to anything Disney? 2. Sunset Boulevard “I’m ready for my closeup Mr. De Mille ” – Is that why I adore that movie? 3. Korean War started, the Chinese invaded Tibet [wow that has been a struggle for-ever], and development of the Hydrogen Bomb was ordered by Truman. – Is that why I am a pacifist? 4. New York Yankees won the World Series. – Is that why… Read more »

4 May, 2011 6:36 pm
Reply to  Rat Fink

WAIT those are Disney – is it possible that you are my BFF?


4 May, 2011 11:05 am

WAIT…1959? Surely you have me confused with someone else – I was born in 1969! [[ducking]] OK…OK… I’ll cop to it – 1959 was a WONDERFUL vintage year!! Behold – I begin our sacred task on a somber note: 1. 1959 is the year we lost famous actors/movie industry folks such as George Reeves (the original TV “Superman”), Cecil B. DeMille (famous movie producer-The 10 Commandments, et. al), Lou Costello (Abbot & Costello), Ethel Barrymore, Carl Switzer (Alfalfa-Our Gang), Errol Flynn (swash-buckling movie star of Captain Blood), 2. 1959 is the year we lost some famous musicians: Billie Holiday, Frankie… Read more »

5 May, 2011 5:01 pm
Reply to  Rat Fink

Sure did! Oh, wait… you know what? I think I was confusing him with Ron Howard (with my remarks in the post above). But definitely still a child star :-)


4 May, 2011 12:41 pm

Hello! I was born in 1959 and am proud of it! Have the grey hairs to prove it! And now… 1) The first known human with HIV died in the Congo. 2) Etch A Sketch by was invented by Arthur Grandjean in France 3) Cost of a gallon of Gas 25 cents 4) A referendum in Switzerland turns down female suffrage 5)Een beetje by Teddy Scholten (music by Dick Schallies, text by Willy van Hemert) wins Eurovision Song Contest 1959 for Netherlands There’s more. Like a girl named Suzanne, born in January, who isn’t famous but who knows, she’s still… Read more »

4 May, 2011 2:43 pm

1987: Other happenings in the world, besides me being born (which is a big deal) 1.) Wrestlemania III took place just outside Detroit in Pontiac, Michigan at the Pontiac Silverdome. An all time indoor attendance record was broken (93,173), that stood until the 2010 NBA All Star Game in Cowboys Stadium (108,713). The Main event saw Hulk Hogan defeat Andre The Giant. 2.) The Simpsons premieres as part of the Tracy Ullman Show 3.) A huge stock market crash took place. Black Monday. 4.) One of the greatest movies of all time, The Brave Little Toaster, was released in theaters.… Read more »

4 May, 2011 2:59 pm

1981…I was born during the Jerry Lewis telethon on Labor Day.

1. There was an assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II (isn’t he “Blessed” now?). Also, there was an attempt on President Reagan’s life.
2. Delorean cars began rolling off the assembly lines.
3. MTV was launched.
4. The first recognized cases of AIDS were diagnosed.

And for Kodye —
5. Ric Flair wins his first World Heavyweight Wrestling title.


4 May, 2011 3:30 pm
Reply to  Bando

I’m pretty sure the world has been better place because of “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.


4 May, 2011 3:12 pm

I was born in 95…
1. Microsoft releases Windows 95
2.Toy Story is released
3. 168 people including 8 Marshals were killed in the OK city bombing
4.O.J. Simpson was acquitted
5.The Ramones release their first album


5 May, 2011 8:56 am

1) The Endeavor safely returned from her maiden voyage.

2) The first confirmation of the existence of exoplanets.

3) Bill Clinton became president.

4) The Mall of America was constructed.

5) AT&T produced the video phone which sold for $1,499.