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Calendar for April 13th, 2013

Thomas Jefferson's Birthday

Born in 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia, Jefferson was the third president of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He began his political career in 1769 in the Virginia legislature. Forty years later, he retired as president of the United States. He died on July 4, 1826, at Monticello, his home in Virginia. He once wrote, "All my wishes end where I hope my days will end--at Monticello."

Thomas Jefferson was a dedicated farmer, and his interest in agriculture is evident in much of his writings. His plantation Monticello included vegetable gardens, flower gardens, orchards, vineyards, grain fields, and ornamental landscapes. Jefferson worked on improving plant varieties as well as agricultural tools, such as the plow.

To celebrate his birthday, pay a visit to the country home he designed. To fully grasp his political philosophy, called Jeffersonianism, read his collected works, including "The Fundamentals of Government." It was none other than Abraham Lincoln who said, "The principles of Jefferson are the axioms of a free society."

Every Year

  • Traditional New Year's Day (Thailand)

  • 1740s

  • Born 1743: Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S. president)

  • 1860s

  • Born 1866: Butch Cassidy (American Wild West outlaw)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1906: Samuel Beckett (author, playwright, & Nobel Prize winner)

  • 1930s

  • Died 1938: Archie "Grey Owl" Belaney (conservationist)

  • 1940s

  • Died 1941: Annie Jump Cannon (astronomer)

  • 1943: Pres. FDR dedicated the Jefferson Memorial in Washington

  • 1960s

  • 1960: First navigational satellite Transit-1B launched

  • Born 1964: Caroline Rhea (comedian & actress)

  • 1965: The Beatles recorded their hit song "Help!"

  • 1970s

  • Born 1970: Rick Schroder (actor)

  • 1970: An explosion occurred aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft on its way to the moon. Short of oxygen and flying a crippled ship, the crew aborted the moon landing and headed back to earth under emergency conditions

  • 1990s

  • Died 1993: Wallace Stegner (writer)

  • 2000s

  • 2004: Barry Bonds, the San Francisco slugger, hit his 661st career home run, passing Willie Mays (also his Godfather) to take sole possession of third place on baseball's career list

  • 2004: A dwarf mouse named Yoda celebrated his fourth birthday, making him the oldest of his kind and far beyond 100 in human years. Yoda owes his longevity to genetic modifications that affected his pituitary and thyroid glands and reduced insulin production - and which left him a third smaller than an average mouse and very sensitive to cold

  • Died 2009: Mark "the Bird" Fidrych (baseball pitcher)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2012: Jonathan Frid (actor)

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