- The Donner Party departed for their fateful trip
- Lincoln was shot
- The Titanic hit an iceberg (extra double irony)
- Turkey invaded Armenia
- Katharine Hepburn had to share the Oscar with Barbra Streisand (the horror, the horror)
- Apollo 13's oxygen tank exploded
But so far today, everything has been fine. No icebergs, comets, swirling clouds of wind, swirling swarms of scarabs, invasions, explosions, bloody coups, or bad news. Which is the best birthday gift of all.
Happy birthday, baby!