Thursday, January 4, 2007

Dial 7-7-7 for Marital Bliss

By Michael Mechanic
Thu, Jan 4, 2007 at 3:25 PM

This just in from the Association for Wedding Professionals International: July 7 (7-7-7) is shaping up to be an unusually popular day for weddings, with about 20 percent more advance bookings than other July Saturdays. "[I]f brides that just got engaged want that date they may need to consider a destination wedding (away from where they are now)," the trade group's spokesman cautions. Why humans are so obsessed with numerical symmetry remains a mystery, but for all you budding 7-7-7 brides and bridegrooms, here, courtesy Wikipedia, are selected events in American history that occurred on your chosen wedding day.

1777 - Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton (7-7-77: a great day for weddings?) 1846 - American troops occupy Monterey and Yerba Buena in Mexico, thus beginning the US annexation of California. 1863 - First US military draft begins; exemptions cost $100 1865 - Four conspirators in the assassination of President Lincoln hanged. 1898 - President William McKinley signs the Newlands Resolution, which annexes Hawaii as a US territory. 1915 - World War I: Battle of the Isonzo. 1930 - Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser begins construction of the Boulder Dam (now called Hoover Dam). 1941 - American forces land in Iceland to forestall an invasion by Germany. 1946 - Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini is first American to be canonized. 1946 - Howard Hughes nearly dies when his XF-11 spy plane prototype crashes in a Beverly Hills neighborhood. 1947 - Downed UFO believed found in the Roswell UFO incident. (7-7-47: alien weddings?) 1954 - In Memphis, WHBQ is the first radio station to air an Elvis Presley record. 1958 - President Dwight Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act.

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