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A Date with Paul Morphy
February 13, 2005


Paul Morphy was born on June 22, 1837 and died on July 10, 1884. He lived 47 years; 2 weeks; 4 days  for a total of 17185 days.

June 22 was also the birthday of:

John Dillinger (1903)
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906)
Charles Augustus Lindbergh III (Ann's and Charles' kidnapped son) (1930)
Kris Kristofferson (1936)
Todd Rundgren (1948)
Meryl Streep (1949)
Cyndi Lauper (1953)
Freddie Prinze (1954)

People who died on June 22 include:

Pope Innocent V (1276)
Judy Garland (1969)
Fred Astaire (1987)
Pat Nixon (1993)
Ann Landers (2002)

Significant (maybe) happenings on June 22 include:

1633 - The Catholic Church forces Galileo to recant his theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun, not
            the opposite.
1846 - Adolphe Sax patents the saxophone
1898 - Spanish-American War begins
1941 - Operation Barbarossa commences (Germany invades Russia)
1963 - Pope Paul VI elected pope
1976 - Canadian House of Commons abolishes capital punishment (hurray!)
2003 - The largest hailstone ever recorded falls during a thunderstorm in Aurora, Nebraska.


July 10 was the birthday of the following:

King James III of Scotland (1452)
John Calvin (1509)
James McNeil Whistler (1834)
Adolphus Busch (of Anheuser-Busch) (1842)
Marcel Proust (1871)
Saul Bellow  (1915)
Arthur Ashe (1943)
Arlo Guthrie (1947)
Jessica Simpson (1980)

The following people died on July 10:

Hadrian (138 AD)
Henry II of France (1559)
Archduke Charles II of Austria (1590)
Jelly Roll Morton (1941)
John D Rockefeller III (1978)
John Hammond (1987)
Mel Blanc (1989)


Significant (maybe) happenings on July 10 include:

1778 - Louis XVI of France declares war on England
1850 - Millard Fillmore is inaugurated as the 13th President of the U. S.
1890 - Wyoming became the 44th U.S. state
1925 - Scopes "Monkey" trial begins
1992 - Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison


By now, I'm sure you're wondering, "What other events occurred in 1837?"
Here's just a few:

January 26 - Michigan becomes the 26th U.S. state
February 25 - Thomas Davenport patents the first electric printing press in the US
March 4 - Martin Van Buren is inaugurated as  the 8th President of the US
June 20 - Victoria crowned Queen of England
November 7 - Samuel Morse patents the telegraph

Other people born in 1837:

Grover Cleveland (March 18)
Algernon Charles Swinburne (April 5)
John Pierpont Morgan (April 17)
Wild Bill Hickok (May 27)
Alois Hitler (Father of Adolf) (June 7)
Hortense de Beauharnais (Queen of Holland, daughter of Napoleon's Josephine) (October 5)


Now, you ask, "What events took place in 1884?
Let me tell you:

February 1 - The first  edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is published
May 1 - the first proclamation of eight-hour workday in the US
August 5 - The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.
November 4 -  Grover Cleveland defeats Republican James G. Blaine in the Presidential race
November 25 - John Dooglee, a British surgeon, successfully removes a brain tumor
December 6 - Washington Monument completed
December 16 - World Cotton Centennial World's Fair opens in New Orleans

People born in 1884 include:

January 13 - Sophie Tucker
February 13 - Alfred Carlton Gilbert (invented the Erector Set and was an Olympic gold-medalist)
May 8 - Harry S. Truman
July 12 - Amedeo Modigliani
October 11 - Eleanor Roosevelt,
November 19 - José Raúl Capablanca


These people also died in 1884:

May 13 - Cyrus McCormick
July 1 - Allan Pinkerton






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