Today in History: Happy Birthday, Jen!

Today is the birthday of the love of my life, Jen. I keep discovering how few ways there are to say “I love you” but how wonderful it is to learn new ways to tell her.

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The Bill of Rights was approved by Congress on this date in 1789 and was readied to be sent to the states to ratify.

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Satchel Paige pitched in his final major league baseball game on this date in 1965. He was 59 years old, and Charles O. Finley, the owner of the Kansas City A’s, signed him to a single-game contract. The game was against the Boston Red Sox, and Paige started, pitched three scoreless innings, and stuck out one batter, the opposing pitcher. Paige sat on a rocking chair in the bullpen between innings.

An interview with Satchel Paige from 1958 (after the jump):

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John Bonham died on this date in 1980. Don Adams died on this date in 2005. M. Scott Peck died on this date in 2005.

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William Faulkner was born in 1897 on this date. Mark Rothko was born in 1903 on this date. Red Smith was born on this date in 1905. Ethel Rosenberg was born on this date in 1915. Phil Rizzuto was born in 1917 on this date. Sir Colin Davis was born on this date in 1927. Ronnie Barker was born in 1929 on this date. Shel Silverstein was born 86 years ago today. Glenn Gould was born on this date in 1932.

There is a story associated with the following video. Gould was not the pianist scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra that night, Arturo Michelangeli was. Michelangeli fell ill, however, and the orchestra’s staff phoned Gould, who lived in Toronto. He agreed to perform the work, live and on television, even though he had not performed it in years. Gould did not awake that day knowing he would be a part of a national broadcast. As you can see, he has no musical score in front of him on the piano. He still retained the score in his memory.

Christopher Reeve was born 64 years ago today.

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Barbara Walters is 87 today. Hubie Brown is 83. Michael Douglas is 72. Cheryl Tiegs is 69. Anson Williams is 67. Pedro Almodóvar is 67. Mark Hamill is 65. Heather Locklear is 55. Scottie Pippen is 51. Will Smith is 48. Catherine Zeta-Jones is 47. T.I. is 36.

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  1. Relax... · September 25, 2016

    🙂 Awwww! Happy Birthday, Jen!

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  2. lifelessons · September 25, 2016

    Happy birthday to the gal who keeps Mark happy.

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  3. whippetwisdom · September 25, 2016

    Happy birthday to Jen!☺🎈🎈🎈

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  4. loisajay · September 25, 2016

    Happy Birthday to you, Jen!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Itching for Hitching · September 25, 2016

    Oh yes a big Happy Birthday to Jen!

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