QOTW – 2009/08/31

And the Question of the Week is… who was president the year you were born? Did any major events happen the year you were born?

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My answer is after the cut…

Hmm… I was born in October of 1969… so I think that Lyndon B. Johnson was still president then? Or was it Nixon had just come to office that year? Yeah, I think it was Nixon, if 1968 was an election year (cut me some slack, I was busy boobranching and pooping). And a lot of things happened in 1969 – among them: the Stonewall riots, walking on the moon, and Woodstock, to name a few.

11 comments

  1. June 9, 1943 — Roosevelt was still president. In that year:

    For the first and last time in the 20th century, a foreign power landed on and occupied American soil. The Japanese took Attu Island in the Aleutian chain. (We took it back a month later.)

    Federal income tax began to be deducted from your paycheck. A temporary wartime measure.

    Unca Joe

  2. I was born in 1945. WW II ended that year. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in April and Harry Truman was president when I was born. Aunt Gay

  3. May 16, 1977. Jimmy Carter was president. Wikipedia says a lot of things happened in 1977 – but most of them are boring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1977

    Some highlights?
    February 18 – The space shuttle Enterprise test vehicle goes on its maiden “flight” while sitting on top of a Boeing 747, at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

    April 22 – Optical fiber is first used to carry live telephone traffic.

    May 25 – Star Wars opens in cinemas and subsequently becomes the then-highest grossing film of all time.

    June 5 – The first Apple II computers go on sale.

    August 16 – Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll dies from a drug overdose in his home in Graceland at age 42. 75,000 fans lined the streets of Memphis for this funeral.

    October 14 – The Atari 2600 game system is released.

    So there you have it! A banner year. 🙂

  4. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president when I was born in 1956.

    Elvis Presley entered the United States music charts for the first time, with Heartbreak Hotel
    Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

    The hard disk drive was invented by an IBM team led by Reynold B. Johnson.

    President Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act, creating the Interstate Highway System

    President Eisenhower authorizes the phrase “under God” to be added to the Pledge of Allegiance, thus signaling the beginning of the end of the separation of church and state.

    Hey, thanks, Lorena, this was interesting!

  5. I was born in 1972 – Nixon was prez.

    I remember doing a report in middle school about things that happened, but the only thing I remember was that A Clockwork Orange came out.

    According to a quick google search: Munich Olympics murders, ERA passed, Atari released PONG, HBO was launched, and Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow were born. Huh. I’ll be damned.

  6. I was born in November of 1965. Wikipedia just made my head spin with all that happened that year.

    Lyndon Johnson was president.
    Start of the Vietnam War.
    Bloody Sunday – The first Selma march.
    Start of the Indo-Pakistan war.
    Start of Medicare and Medicaid.
    The current Canadian flag is inaugurated.
    The Gemini launches.

  7. Harry Truman was prez in my 1946. Way too much happened that year, some of which was:
    Gregory Peck, in The Yearling, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
    born: Diane Keaton, Dolly Parton, Gene Siskel, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Sally Field, Patty Duke, Steven Spielberg, Gilda Radner, George W. Bush, Cheech Marin, Sylvester Stallone, Tommy Lee Jones, Jimmy Buffett.
    died: Noah Beery, Sr, William S. Hart, H.G. Wells, W. C. Fields.
    making their Film Debuts, Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster.
    Project Diana bounces radar waves off the Moon, measuring the exact distance between the earth and the moon, and proving that communication is possible between Earth and outer space, effectively opening the space age (Interesting coincidence that 23 years later, when my daughter was born, we walked on the moon)
    Ho Chi Minh is elected President of North Vietnam.
    Nuclear weapons testing at Bikini Atoll.
    The first Tupperware is sold in department and hardware stores.
    As a librarian, I look down my nose at Wikipedia, but do need to thank them for telling me all this.

  8. 1966, so twas LBJ.

    According to wikipedia, 5 days after I was born The Church of Satan is formed by Anton Szandor LaVey in San Francisco. So, you know, I’ve got that going for me. And in an obviously related occurrence, The Sound of Music won two Oscars.

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