In my family, this time of year is known as birthday season. It starts in early December with my brother-in-law Brent’s birthday and ends on January 24th with my Mom’s birthday. In between the following people have birthdays: My Dad, Mary Ruth, my 2nd cousin Avery, my Uncle George, my sister-in-law Terry (more on her later), me, and my niece Meredith (I think I got everyone). Which reminds me… I would not be me if I did not pause here to wish my favorite sister-in-law a
HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY! 40 years old. Forty. 4 decades. XL. 40. The Big 4-0. Goodbye 30s... Hello 40s. WOW!!!!!!!!!!
Of course, I also have to take a second to point out that her husband (my brother) is still only in his 30s. Hey... does this make her a “cougar”? Hmm....
So what was going on in the world 40 years ago you ask? Here are just a few things I found on Wikipedia...
The first episode of All My Children was broadcast on ABC.
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV
Diana Ross & The Supremes perform their farewell concert at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas
Black Sabbath’s debut album Black Sabbath is released.
The Who: Live at Leeds is recorded
The complete New English Bible is published
President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, banning cigarette TV ads in the US starting on January 1, 1971
American Motors Corporation introduced the Gremlin
Paul McCartney announced that the Beatles have disbanded
Apollo 13 is launched (with Tom Hanks, the guy from Footloose, and someone else were on it)
Kent State shootings happen
The last Beatles album (Let It Be) is released
1970 FIFA World Cub is inaugurated in Mexico
President Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18
The US gets its first female generals
Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh opened
Jimi Hendrix died
Janis Joplin died
Before I go, it’s also worth noting that today is Robert E. Lee’s birthday. If you don’t know who that is, go back to where you came from.
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