Birthday Lore for May 31
You are artistic and like to dress well and have your home different and attractive. You are sociable, congenial, and like club life; are fond of children; and take a great deal of interest in the proper bringing up of your own.
Who Else Shares This Birthday?
Born 1930: Clint Eastwood (actor & director)
Born 1976: Colin Farrell (actor)
Born 1819: Walt Whitman (poet)
On This Day in History
1859: The Great Clock (aka Big Ben) in London officially began keeping time. (On July 11, the Great Bell first struck the hour.) The 315-foot-high tower, part of the Houses of Parliament building, has no elevator; there are 334 steps to the belfry. The four quarter bells, or chimes, ring out every 15 minutes. The Great Bell tolls every hour. The minute hand measures almost 14 feet long. The clock mechanism weighs 5.6 tons, and is wound three times a week. The clock''s time is adjusted by changing the number of old pennies sitting on a shelf near the top of the pendulum. The tune played each hour is from the aria "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth," part of Handel''s Messiah.
1821: First Catholic cathedral in U.S. dedicated, Baltimore, Maryland
2005: The legendary source "Deep Throat" in the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon was identified as W. Mark Felt