Today is a day like no other. But I guess you can say that for almost every day in the calendar. And yet, it varies between people, and today is the day that I, personally, vouch for. Indeed, as you may have already guessed, it is because I was born this day. And because I turn 18—which in most countries means I now come within the bounds of the law far more than before; but that is hardly a problem.
Here is what TLC’s Family website has to say about people born on this day. Now I do not know if so much can actually be deduced and generalised merely based on the chance arrangement of firey balls of nuclear fusion energy deep in space, but it is worth the entertainment!
Cancers born on June 24 have a great need to break with tradition and the past. These creative, artistic souls have something to prove to themselves and others. They possess great personal charm, which may give others the impression that they are mellow and not very driven. They sometimes sacrifice personal happiness in order to achieve their goals.
for June 24
You should embrace: Probity, a sense of decorum, protectivelove
You should avoid: Costly mistakes in love, economicstress, jealousy
Friends and Lovers
June 24 folks constantly feel the need to give of themselves in friendships and love relationships, but their feelings are often not reciprocated in the ways they hope. They may have problems succeeding at love, though they try hard to succeed. When they marry they want it to be forever. They’ll do everything they can to keep the romance alive.
Children and Family
Because of their charm, June 24 natives make it easy for them to be loved by all. They are not particularly interested in becoming parents, though they are exceptionally good at the job if and when the responsibility comes their way.
Unless June 24 individuals are in harmonious balance, they may suffer from nervous complaints and stomach ailments, which are exacerbated by a love of rich food and drink.
Career and Finances
Despite their need for fulfilling and exciting careers, June 24 individuals do not always have the stamina or perseverance to follow through on their ambitions. They spend money easily, even obsessively. Professional help with these matters is advised.
Dreams and Goals
June 24 people often wish to succeed in a creative endeavor, even if their career ambitions lie elsewhere. They often take circuitous paths toward their goals, becoming involved in or distracted by other aims in the process. Yet once they see the possibility of a dream coming true, nothing can keep them from attaining it.
Now a look at my small compilation of the people (and animal) born on this wonderful day:
- 1993 Me (yes, me!) and Primera, an Andean condor, hatched at Cleveland Zoo.
- 1971 LaMonte Coleman, NFL fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- 1950 Nancy Allen, born in New York City, actress, Robocop.
- 1947 Peter Weller, born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, actor, Robocop.
- 1937 Anita Desai, Indian Novelist.
- 1920 Bernhard Krol, composer.
- 1908 Hugo Distler, composer.
- 1907 Jose de Lima Siquiera, composer.
- 1906 Pierre Fournier, born in Paris, France, violon cellist, Paris Conservatoire.
- 1915 Sir Fred Hoyle, British astronomer (d. 2001)
- 1883 Victor Francis Hess, American Physicist.
- 1873 Thomas Carl Whitmer, composer.
- 1842 Ambrose Bierce, U.S., satirist, Devil’s Dictionary.
- 1840 Louis Brassin, composer.
- 1813 Henry Ward Beecher, Litchfield, Connecticut, clergyman/orator, Independent.
- 1771 E I Du Pont, France, chemist/scientist, Du Pont.
- 1762 Johann Paul Wessley, composer.
- 1746 Jean Baptiste Rochefort, composer.
- 1244 Hendrik I, the Child, 1st count of Hessen.
I then decided to take a look at this glorious day all through history and here is what I ended up with: (my personal pick only, of course; much more has gone on!)
- 109 The Aqua Traiana is inaugurated by emperor Trajan, the aqueduct channels water from Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north-west of Rome.
- 972 Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place.
- 1340 Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Sluys – The French fleet is almost destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by King Edward III.
- 1374 A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.
- 1497 John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.
- 1509 Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned King and Queen of England.
- 1717 The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England.
- 1793 The first Republican constitution in France is adopted.
- 1894 Marie Francois Sadi Carnot is assassinated by Sante Geronimo Caserio.
- 1902 King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation.
- 1916 World War I: the Battle of the Somme begins with a week-long artillery bombardment on the German Line.
- 1918 First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
- 1939 Siam is renamed to Thailand by Plaek Pibulsonggram, the country’s third prime minister.
- 1947 Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
- 1948 Start of the Berlin Blockade: the Soviet Union makes overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impossible.
- 1963 The United Kingdom grants Zanzibar internal self-government.
- 1981 The Humber Bridge is opened to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It would be the world’s longest single-span suspension bridge for 17 years.
- 1985 STS-51-G Space Shuttle Discovery completes its mission, best remembered for having Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a Payload Specialist.
- 2004 In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.
- 2010 John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history.
So much for today (literally!) And now shall proceed to spend the rest of my day memorably!