December 19th

Thirty-Four years ago today I was born. I’ve always liked looking back at the events that happened before I existed, specifically the things that share my birthdate with me. Here are some of my highlights:

211 – Publius Septimius Geta, co-emperor of Rome, is lured to come without his bodyguards to meet his brother Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (Caracalla), to discuss a possible reconciliation. When he arrives, the Praetorian Guard murders him and he dies in the arms of his mother, Julia Domna.
1777 – American Revolutionary War: George Washington’s Continental Army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
1899 – Born: Martin Luther King, Sr., American pastor, missionary, and activist (d. 1984)
1915 – Died: Alois Alzheimer, German psychiatrist and neuropathologist (b. 1864)
1942 – Born: “Mean Gene” Okerlund, American sports announcer
1969 – Born: Richard Hammond, English journalist and producer
1972 – Apollo program: The last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt, returns to Earth.
1975 – Born: Brandon Sanderson, American author and academic
1983 – The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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