April 23, 2016


On this day in 1348, the Order of the Garter, the first English order of knighthood, was created.  The word hillbilly was used in print for the first time today in 1900.  On this day in 1945, the Soviet Army entered the outskirts of Berlin proper.  Ken Johnson of the Houston Astros threw a no-hitter against the Reds on this day in 1964... and lost 1-0, becoming the first pitcher ever to lose a no-hitter.  Sergei Prokofiev was born this day in 1891.  Today in 1899 saw Minoru Shirota, the creator of Yakult, probiotic drink company and owner of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows baseball team.  The debut album by The Ramones was released today in 1976.  Timothy McVeigh was born in 1968 on this day.

And on the North Side of Chicago in 1968, in a hospital somewhere in the vicinity of Wrigley Field (which hosted its first baseball game on April 23, 1914, under the name Weeghman Park), unto this unsuspecting world was inflicted a Wonderduck.

birthday candle

As always, nobody is more surprised than myself.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 04:28 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 So, are you old yet?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 23, 2016 05:47 PM (+rSRq)

2 Yes, and I'm not happy about it.

Posted by: Wonderduck at April 23, 2016 06:06 PM (XQ5ac)

3 Happy Birthday, Wonderduck!

Posted by: Ben at April 23, 2016 11:44 PM (S4UJw)

4 Happy Birthday, fellow waterfowl.

(Belated because apparently Feedly is a slowpoke.)

Posted by: GreyDuck at April 24, 2016 09:07 AM (rKFiU)


Happy Engineer's Birthday!

(plus-or-minus five percent.)

48 is not allowed to be "old".  I'm not too far behind you, and I can't be "almost old"... can I?

Posted by: mikeski at April 24, 2016 12:10 PM (BKBr8)

6 You are younger than me. Therefore, you cannot be "old." Happy birthday.

Posted by: Don at April 24, 2016 02:03 PM (IJe0X)

7 I wonder what the oldest known precise calendar-related fact is.

Posted by: Ben at April 25, 2016 09:46 AM (cHQtB)

8 Herodotus mentions an eclipse which can be dated to occurring on May 28, 585 BCE.

Posted by: Wonderduck at April 25, 2016 04:31 PM (XQ5ac)

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