Monday, May 23, 2005

On this day in history...

1430- Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and subsequently sold to the English.

1785- In a letter, Benjamin Franklin describes his latest invention; bifocal eyeglasses.

1788- South Carolina became the 8th state in the United States.

1827 - The first nursery school in the United States was established in New York City.

1933 -Joan Collins was born.

1934 -Bonnie And Clyde shot to death.

1949 -Federal Republic of Germany is established.

1958 - Drew Carey was born.

1966 - The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" b/w "Rain" single was released.

1971 - Iron Butterfly broke up.

1977- I was born.

1979 -Tom Petty filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

1985 - Thomas Patrick Cavanagh is sentenced to life in prison for attempting to sell stealth bomber secrets to the Soviet Union.

1995 - Official announcement of the Java programming language.

2003 - Mountain climbing: 25-year-old Nepalese Sherpa, Pemba Dorjie Sherpa, makes world's fastest ever ascent of Mount Everest, in 12 hours 45 minutes.