- Three hundred years ago today, the Acts of Union took effect, whereby England and Scotland formed the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Wales was dragged along as well.
- One hundred years ago today, Kate "God Bless America" Smith was born in Greenville, Alabama.
- Ten years ago today, Flipper died at the age of 40.
- And, of course, four years ago today, the war in Iraq was successfully concluded.
— Larry, Surge Monkey, Light Reading