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Saturday, May 29, 2010

29 May and all that

Today is Oak Apple Day -- Charles II's birthday and the day that the monarchy was restored in 1660. Oak Apple because he hid in an oak tree to escape during the English Civil War

Today is the day that the Ottoman Turks broke the siege of Constantinople in 1453 and ended the Byzantine Empire. Some scholars also consider it is the date the Roman Empire finally fell as the Byzantine was merely Rome in the East. No word on if this was the Sultan's birthday...

Today in 1953, Hillary and Tenzing Norgay (his adopted birthday) reached the summit of Everest in 1953.

My daughter informs that it is a very good day to have a birthday. Today is the 17th anniversary of that date. She is having a quiet day because she has AS levels...A girl has to have priorities! She confidently predicts that when she becomes the Supreme Master of the Universe, everyone will be forced to have it as a holiday...

5 comments:

Nell Dixon said...

Happy birthday to your lovely daughter - hope her revision is going well.

Carrie Lofty said...

I like how she thinks. Happy birthday to her!

Kate Walker said...

Firstly - a very happy birthday to your daughter. I hope that in spite of being quiet it is a lovely day for her. She shares her birthday month - as well as her name - with me (and the month also with my favourite sister)

You might like to know that when Charles hid in the oak tree he was helped by a long ago ancestor of mine, one Edward Wogan - he (Edward ) was imprisoned at Worcester but later escaped.

So there's another connection between the two of us!

Happy Birthday!

Kate

Kate Hardy said...

Happy birthday to your daughter, and good luck with the exams.

(I have a feeling that mine will make similar pronouncements on hers...)

India said...

Happy Belated Birthday lovely K! She also shares it with my fab mother-in-law and one of daughter #2's best friends, so I can state with the utmost certainty that the 29th May gang are Very Cool People.

Hope the revision is going well in your house. Revision and revisions, that is...