Today is May 25th. It is the 145th day of the year. 5/25 is also a palindrome, which is something I’ve always loved about my birthday. Today is also Towel Day (read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy if you want the reference) and apparently it’s Geek Pride Day as well. Nerdtastic. Historically, lots of cool things have happened today. Back in 1935, Babe Ruth hit his 714th home run (and the last home run of his career) at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress the goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. Star Wars was first released on May 25, 1977. I’ve also found it sort of funny that my birthday month is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Lots of interesting people were born today as well. I get to share my birthday with Theodore Roethke and Ralph Waldo Emerson and Raymond Carver. For years I was also told that Miles Davis and I shared a birthday, but I later discovered that he was actually born on May 26. I was strangely disappointed to find that out, but that’s okay, Lauryn Hill and Sir Ian McKellen were also born on May 25. (That’s right, I share a birthday with motherfucking Gandalf.) For all of us born in May, our birthstone is an emerald and our birth month flower is a lily of the valley, which is supposed to symbolize happiness, humility and sweetness. (Pictured above, courtesy of Flickr)
Today is May 25th.