Today, she celebrates one of the big birthdays — one of the ones with an “oh” following it. We will be celebrating with her tonight at FCW’s annual Federal 100 awards gala.
Meanwhile, on this date in history… Maryland was first settled … Mercedes debuted … and in 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks. She shares her birthday with Sarah Jessica Parker, who turns 44 years old today… Elton John (62), Gloria Steinem (75), Aretha Franklin (67), and Sen. John Ensign, R-NV (51).
More events in history:
1807 Britain abolished its slave trade.
1894 Jacob S. Coxey began leading an “army” of the unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to demand help from the federal government.
1911 A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. factory in New York City killed 146 workers, most of them young immigrant women. The tragedy galvanized America’s labor movement.
1913 The home of vaudeville, the Palace Theatre, opened in New York City.
1957 The Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community.
1975 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew with a history of mental illness.
1988 Robert E. Chambers Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin in New York City’s so-called “preppie murder case.”
1992 Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev returned to Earth from the Mir space station after a 10-month stay, during which his native country, the Soviet Union, ceased to exist.
1994 American troops completed their withdrawal from Somalia.
1996 An 81-day standoff by the antigovernment Freemen began at a ranch near Jordan, Mont.
1996 The redesigned $100 bill went into circulation.
1998 President Bill Clinton acknowledged during his Africa tour that “we did not act quickly enough” to stop the slaughter of 1 million Rwandans four years earlier.
2002 A powerful earthquake rocked Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan, killing as many as 1,000 people.
2004 Congress passed a law making it a separate offense to harm a fetus during a violent federal crime.
Also celebrating their birthday today:
81 Jim Lovell Astronaut
75 Gloria Steinem Feminist author
69 Anita Bryant Singer
66 Paul Michael Glaser Actor (”Starsky and Hutch”)
61 Bonnie Bedelia Actress
56 Mary Gross Actress, comedian
51 James McDaniel Actor
49 Steve Norman Rock musician (Spandau Ballet)
49 Brenda Strong Actress (”Desperate Housewives”)
48 Fred Goss Actor
48 John Stockwell Actor, writer, director
47 Marcia Cross Actress (”Desperate Housewives”)
45 Kate DiCamillo Author (”Because of Winn-Dixie”)