1809 - The Non-Intercourse Act passes the U.S. Congress, lifting the Embargo Act except for the United Kingdom and France. Scope – Not sure I like something called the "Non-Intercourse Act" being associated with my birthday. That's bad juju.
1849 - The execution of Fyodor Dostoevsky is called off at the last second. Scope – If they would have popped a cap in his ass, I wouldn't have had to (mostly) read "Crime and Punishment" which he wrote in 1866.
1944 - World War II: Battle of the Bulge - German troops demand the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply: "Nuts!" by General Anthony McAuliffe. Scope – And "Nuts" is a running theme through all these points!
1984 - Bernie Goetz becomes famous. Scope – At least someone's not afraid to pop some caps.
2012 – The start next cycle of the Mayan Calendar. Scope – Not sure I like a date that some folks predict will be the end of the world being associated with my birthday. That's worse juju.
But according to me, the most import thing to do today is to swing by the iNDefatigable mjenks's blog and wish him a Happy Birthday. And I hope that on Christmas Eve, he gets a special present sent to him from Hawaii. Something that folks have been waiting for since, oh, the 1994 Cotton Bowl?