If you type in a date on Wikipedia, it gives you a list of events that have happened over the years on that date. Instead of preparing my lesson plans for my classes on Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, I typed in “August 11” and learned that the following occurred on my birthday:
In 1596, Hamnet Shakespeare, the only son of William Shakespeare, died at age eleven.
In 1929, Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to reach 500 home runs.
In 1934, the federal prison on Alcatraz Island was opened.
In 1953, Hulk Hogan was born.
In 1956, Jackson Pollock died.
In 1976, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service was born.
In 1984, US President Ronald Reagan, during a voice check for a radio broadcast, remarked, “My fellow Americans: I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We will begin bombing in five minutes.”
In 1992, the Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the country, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota.
In 1999, the last total solar eclipse of the century could be seen in Europe and Asia.