October 24

by in Meme on June 27, 2007

Here are the rules: You go to http://www.wikipedia.org/ and type in your birthday (only month & day). Then you write down 3 events, 2 births, 1 holiday, and then you tag 5 friends.

3 events

69 – Second Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus, the commander of the Danube armies, loyal to Vespasian, defeat the forces of Emperor Vitellius.

1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years

1945 – Founding of the United Nations*

2 births

1632 – Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch microbiologist (d. 1723)

1947 – Kevin Kline, American actor

1 holiday

Take Back Your Time Day

Take Back Your Time Day, October 24, is a project of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy of Cornell University. In this annual observance, people are encouraged to either take the day off or carve out some time for themselves, preferably spent with friends in congenial surroundings. According to the project, useful and creative work is essential to happiness; however, American life has gotten way out of balance. Producing and consuming more have become the single-minded obsession of the American economy, while other values — strong families and communities, good health and a clean environment, active citizenship and social justice, time for nature and the soul — are increasingly neglected.

(I won’t tag 5 friends.)

* I could file it under 1 holiday but Take Back Your Time Day is a revelation. I better celebrate that on my birthday this year!

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