July 20th is a date that never goes by unnoticed in Casa de Harper.
The most famous event on this date, of course, was the 1969 Apollo 11 landing and Neil Armstrong’s “Giant Leap for Mankind”.
Growing up, this was always a celebration day because it was my sister’s birthday. A child learns to keep track of the days that involve cake & ice cream. My sister would have been 62 today. Happy Birthday Judy!
This is also the feast day of the nativity of a dear friend still very much among the living. He is one of the brightest and funniest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Happy Birthday Scooter.
It occurred to me that there were probably other people born on this date who, while not nearly as dear to my heart, are probably slightly more well-known to the world at large.
Happy Birthday to Alexander the Great. Looking awfully good for someone 2369 years old. You don’t look a day over 1500.
Many happy returns to Edmond Hillary. On 29 May 1953, New Zealander Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Sir Edmond would have been 94 today.
Happy 75th to English stage and screen actor Diana Rigg. First famous as Mrs. Emma Peel on The Avengers. In a long and varied career, her roles included Helena in a made-for-television production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1968. It was my first exposure to Shakespeare. She was also a “Bond girl” appearing in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The role was noteworthy because Bond married her in the film though, sadly, she was killed by villains while leaving the church.
Another actor that would have been 75 today was American screen actor Natalie Wood. Though she died at age 43, her career spanned 38 years and included more than 50 films including Miracle on 34th Street, Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, West Side Story, and Gypsy.
Sharing a birthday on this date is 1945 is singer-songwriter Kim Carnes; most famous for her hit single “Bette Davis Eyes” and Idaho Senator Larry Craig; most famous for his wide stance in airport restrooms. Happy 68th to both.
As a special shout-out, today would have been the 55th birthday of advertising salesperson Billy Mays. I am not sure we ever brought one of his products but Harper’s Other Dad always enjoyed his commercials.
Many Happy Returns to all.