Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's September 29

An important day. Not just because in 522 BC, Darius I of Persia killed the Magian usurper Gaumâta, securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire, but because Anthony Christopher Gunn entered mortality as a dark and hairy gift to his proud parents, David and Lorraine Gunn of Shelbyville, IL (it's a real place, look it up!)

Here are some other important things that happened on this date:

61 BC – Pompey the Great celebrates his third triumph for victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars on his 45th birthday.

1227 – Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, is excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX for his failure to participate in the Crusades.

1789 – The 1st United States Congress adjourns.

1916 – John D. Rockefeller becomes the first billionaire.

1942 - Marion Gawain Wells is born in St. George, Utah to George and Hannah Wells.

1943 – World War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign an armistice aboard the Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson off Malta.

1966 – The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.

Some important people born on September 29:

106 BC – Pompey the Great, consul of Rome (see above)
1321 – John of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier
1912 – Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian film director
1935 – Jerry Lee Lewis, American musician
1942 – Madeline Kahn, American actress
1957 – Andrew Dice Clay, American comedian and actor
1963 – Les Claypool, American bassist (Primus)

Finally, the marriage of Google images yielded from searches of 29 and 32:


  1. Cool. I'm honored by this tribute. I'm also honored to share a birthday with Andrew Dice Clay AND Les Claypool. Two of the finest artists of their generations.

    Sharing a birthday with Gawarn aint bad either.

  2. Suicidal koala is not scared by your threats.

    What? Oh, happy birthday, Tony.

  3. Happy Birthday Tone, and Les Claypool. But why, right after I'd gotten that airbrushed face and perfectly slicked hair out of my mind, must I see that picture of jude law again? Creepy.

  4. Andrew DICE Clay! Happy 32 Italian guy!