Yes, today is my birthday for real. June 29, 1973. Other events of less importance that occurred on this day were:
- The Grateful Dead played at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal, California.
- George Hincapie, Olympic road cyclist, was born in Queens, New York.
- On June 29, 1973, Walter Carr opens Elliott Bay Book Co. at 101 S Main Street in Pioneer Square.
- Elvis Presley was in concert in Atlanta, Georgia.
- In Chile, a tank regiment under the command of Colonel Roberto Souper surrounded the La Moneda presidential palace in a violent but unsuccessful coup attempt. (the Tanquetazo)
- In Bayview, Idaho, thirteen UFOs, which appeared as “steady white lights,” were reported over Lake Pend Oreille by a local family. According to one of the witnesses, the objects were in view for approximately one hour and were seen passing over the lake in all directions. They moved swiftly but emitted no apparent noise, according to the family.
- 40 Carats, a movie comedy starring Gene Kelly opened to poor reviews.
- Congress approved a compromise with President Nixon on the funding of U.S. combat activities in Indochina, agreeing that the bombing in Cambodia could continue.
- An amendment finally passed by the Senate on June 29, 1973, after the signing of the Paris Peace Agreements, to prohibit any future use of U.S. forces in the Vietnam War, specifically in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, without congressional authorization.
- President Nixon establishes the Energy Policy Office. The office is responsible for formulating and coordinating energy policies at the presidential level.
- Former top Nixon campaign aide Frederick LaRue pleads guilty to obstruction of justice.
- Cubs were at 47-31, in first place by a margin of 8 ½ games.
- Queen Elizabeth II passed through Brantford at 5:00 p.m. during a train trip of southern Ontario
Obviously, I was the best and most important thing to happen on June 29th, 1973!
Now, to my reading…
I am still currently doing my Jane-a-thon. I’m getting ready to start Mansfield Park. From here on, all the Austens are unknown to me, unless you count watching Clueless, a modern day Emma. I must admit, however, that I have been cheating. I’ve been reading The Boat by Nam Le when out or away from my Austen book. It’s a book containing short stories of Vietnamese people who’ve left their homelands. I’m in the middle of the first SS, and am entranced. It’s so good, I almost want to pitch Jane aside for it. It’s also a book I promised to review, so that’s another reason I want to read it… I have twelve such books!