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A very happy birthday to ITAA President and CEO Phil Bond. It is also the birthday of my good friend George Stone, who is the features editor at DC Magazine.
So… on this date…
From public radio’s Writer’s Almanac:
It’s the birthday of the poet Virgil, (books by this author) born Publius Vergilius Maro near Mantua, Italy, 70 B.C.E. The government asked Virgil to write a poem persuading Romans who had left the countryside to return home and become farmers again. He wrote The Georgics, a kind of poetic farming manual about grain production, trees, animal husbandry, and beekeeping. The emperor was so impressed that he gave Virgil a generous stipend, and the poet spent the rest of his life working on his epic poem, The Aeneid.
On October 15, 1972, Jackie Robinson threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the second game of the World Series commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of his becoming the first African-American to play in modern Major League Baseball. His Major League career began in earnest on April 15, 1947, when played in his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Following his retirement from baseball, Robinson worked as vice president for personnel at Chock Full O’ Nuts from 1957 to 1964. He was also active with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In December 1956, the NAACP had recognized Robinson with the Spingarn Medal, which it awards annually for the highest achievement by an African American. Robinson chaired the NAACP’s million-dollar Freedom Fund Drive in 1957 and was a member of the board of directors until 1967.
Many other groups also honored Robinson. In July 1962, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a testimonial dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Although SCLC president Martin Luther King was not able to attend, King’s speech recognized the positive impact of Robinson’s achievements beyond baseball.
In 1951 The situation comedy “I Love Lucy” premiered on CBS.
In 1964, it was announced that Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev had been removed from office. He was succeeded as premier by Alexei N. Kosygin and as Communist Party secretary by Leonid I. Brezhnev
In 1989 Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings surpassed Gordie Howe’s NHL career scoring record of 1,850 points.
In 1990 Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1990 South Africa’s Separate Amenities Act, which had barred blacks from public facilities for decades, was scrapped.
In 1991 The Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, 52-48.
In 1993 Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.
84 Lee Iacocca
Former Chrysler chairman
73 Barry McGuire
71 Linda Lavin
66 Penny Marshall
63 Jim Palmer
Baseball Hall of Famer
62 Richard Carpenter
Singer, musician (The Carpenters)
55 Tito Jackson
Singer (The Jackson Five)
53 Tanya Roberts
49 Sarah Ferguson
Duchess of York
49 Emeril Lagasse
39 Dominic West
Actor (“The Wire”)