- 706th anniversary of Robert the Bruce being crowned King of Scots
- 344th anniversary of the first horse race in America
- 205th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade by the British Parliament
- 136th anniversary of the first soccer match (in Glasgow; Scotland defeated Wales, 4-0)
- 130th anniversary of the first pancake-making demonstration (in a department store in New York City)
- 92nd anniversary of Greek independence
- 73rd anniversary of Billboard Magazine's introduction of the country music chart (at the time, called "hillbilly")
- 68th anniversary of RAF Sgt Nickolas Alkemade surviving a jump from his bomber from 18,000 feet without a parachute
- 58th anniversary of the first color television set (made by RCA; 12 1/2" screen; $1,000)
- 45th anniversary of The Turtles' "Happy Together" going Number One
- 43rd anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's first bed-in for peace (Amsterdam)
- 30th anniversary of Wayne Gretzky becoming the first NHL player to score 200 points in a season
- 172 years before the birth of Pavel Andreivich Chekov (Star Trek character)
Oh, and one more thing...
- The first appearance of this blog, which most assuredly will not be commemorated to the extent of any of the above anniversaries
Thanks go out to HistoryOrb.com for the above facts, and to you readers...for commenting, following on NetworkedBlogs, liking the Facebook page, passing the word on to others, and being all-around good joes.
Truth is...the year has passed rapidly, and I'm looking forward, if Jesus hangs back, to several more.