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For my birthday, I've gone back to the future


Well, today I turn the big 3-4. It's quite the milestone birthday, wouldn't you say? Last year I experienced the best birthday of all, but it wasn't mine. It was that of my son being born. Life has become more about him now than about me, and as I enter fatherhood, I am seeing youthfulness all over again.


Since I've now lived through over three decades, I thought it might be interesting to reflect back on what happened on this day over the last ten years of each decade, so I found out what happened on Aug. 24, 2010, Aug. 24, 2000, Aug. 24, 1990, and then on Aug. 24 1986. How have things changed with each passing of ten years? My parents bought me a book called 1986 Remember When...A Nostalgic Look Back in Time yesterday, which highlighted all of the major events of that year. It was quite an interesting read, and I hope you find the facts and figures I find equally interesting.


What is Happening Today - Aug. 24, 2020


Major Headlines:

Thousands evacuated as two storms head for southern US

Trump announces plasma treatment authorized for COVID-19

Thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic

Mayor Lori Lightfoot pledged $10 million to businesses damaged by looting. The city paid out far less, records show.

Cost of Living:

Average Cost of a House: $320,000

Average Cost of a New Car: $37,876

Average Cost of Gas: $2.27

Average Income: $87,864

Tuition to Harvard University: $72,391

Average Rent: $1,463


Number One on 100 Billboard: Wap Cardi B Featuring Megan Three Stallion


Number One Movie at the Box Office

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run


Number One Team in Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers

What Was Happening On - Aug. 24, 2010 Major Headlines:

US military in Iraq cuts its strength to 50,000 troops.

American actor Lindsay Lohan is released from a rehabilitation centre 22 days into a three month program.

Michigan hails judge’s move in Asian carp fight against Chicago In San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 72 illegal immigrants are killed by Los Zetas and eventually found dead by Mexican authorities.


Cost of Living:

Average Cost of a House: $266,000

Average Cost of a New Car: $27,950

Average Cost of Gas: $2.79

Average Income: $49,445

Tuition to Harvard University: $48,868

Average Rent: $1,177


Number One on 100 Billboard:

Love the Way you Lie

Eminem Featuring Rihanna


Number One Movie at the Box Office:

The Expendables


Number One Team in Baseball:

New York Yankees

What Was Happening on: Aug. 24, 2000:

Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki by Finnish scientists.

'WE WILL BLOCK IT' - SONY EXEC RIPS NAPSTER IN STUDENT PAPER OPRAH AND OUT - FOUR OF SIX TOP STAFFERS HAVE LEFT; CITE OVERWORK

143 PERISH AS AIRLINER PLUNGES INTO PERSIAN GULF

Cost of Living:

Average Cost of a House: $169,000

Average Cost of a New Car: $21,850

Average Cost of Gas: $1.56

Average Income: $$42,148

Tuition to Harvard University: $32,164

Average Rent: $931


Number One on 100 Billboard:

Incomplete

Sisqó


Number One Move at the Box Office:

The Cell


Number One Team in Baseball:

Atlanta Braves


What Was Happening on: Aug. 24, 1990:

Major Headlines:

3,500 peacekeepers arrive in Liberia

Iraqi troops surround US & other embassies in Kuwait City


Cost of Living:

Average Cost of a House: $122,900

Average Cost of a New Car: $15,472

Average Cost of Gas: $1.15

Average Income: $35,353

Tuition to Harvard University: $19,395

Average Rent: $648


Number One on Billboard 100:

Vision of Love

Mariah Carey


Number One at the Box Office:

The Exorcist III


Number One Team in Baseball:

Oakland A's


What Was Happening on: Aug. 24, 1986: At 2:06, I came into the world. Coincidentally, my son was also born at 2:06, even if it was a different date. The world was a lot different then, as you can see below.

Major Headlines: Juli Inkster wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic

Frontier Airlines shut down. Thousands of people were left stranded.


Cost of Living:

Average Cost of a House: $89,463

Average Cost of a New Car: $9,281

Average Cost of Gas: $.89

Average Income: $22,339

Tuition to Harvard University: $10,590

Average Rent: $385


Number One on Billboard 100:

Higher Love

Steve Winwood

Number One at the Box Office:

The Fly


Number One Team in Baseball:

New York Mets


So, I hope you find that passage of time as interesting as I have. Who knows what the next thirty years have in store?














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