So today is my 31st birthday.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’d probably already know this as I like to call Valentine’s Day instead by it’s unofficial term “Chris’ Birthday Eve.” But enough about me.

There are plenty of other things that February 15th is known for (as stolen from Wikipedia):

  • 1637 – Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1898 – Spanish-American War: The USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing more than 260. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain.
  • 1933 – In Miami, Florida, Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shoots Chicago, Illinois Mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933.
  • 1952 – King George VI is buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
  • 1965 – A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.
  • 1982 – The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers.
  • 2005 – YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States.

And apparently I wasn’t the only person born the day:

  • 1564 – Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist
  • 1710 – King Louis XV of France
  • 1874 – Sir Ernest Shackleton, Irish Antartic explorer
  • 1954 – Matt Groening, American cartoonist
  • 1964 – Chris Farley, American actor and comedian

Then there are some of those that left us:

  • 1145 – Pope Lucius II
  • 1965 – Nat King Cole, American singer and musician

So as you can see, it’s not all about me (even if I like to think so).

As for plans today, Marnie is taking me out to IHOP for some breakfast, I’m coaching my brother’s soccer team (the Richlads), I’ll probably get my haircut (I swear there is more grey this morning than last night), and I’m heading to the Boathouse with friends for dinner. So there you have it – Chris’ birthday in a nut shell.