A happy birthday to… NASA Goddard CIO Linda Cureton

Wednesday - 3/25/2009, 10:16am EDT

NASA Goddard CIO Linda Cureton
NASA Goddard CIO Linda Cureton

A very happy birthday to Linda Cureton, the chief information officer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Cureton is one of the real shining stars in the CIO community. She has a must-read blog … she uses Twitter… and she is one of the more innovative CIOs out there right now.

Today, she celebrates one of the big birthdays — one of the ones with
an “oh” following it. We will be celebrating with her tonight at FCW’s
annual Federal 100 awards gala.

Meanwhile, on this date in history… Maryland was first settledMercedes debuted
and in 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the
state
capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of voting rights to
blacks. She shares her birthday with Sarah Jessica Parker, who turns 44
years old today… Elton John (62), Gloria Steinem (75), Aretha
Franklin (67), and Sen. John Ensign, R-NV (51).

More events in history:

1807 Britain abolished its slave trade.

1894 Jacob S. Coxey
began leading an “army” of the unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to
Washington, D.C., to demand help from the federal government.

1911 A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. factory in New York City
killed 146 workers, most of them young immigrant women. The tragedy
galvanized America’s labor movement.

1913 The home of vaudeville, the Palace Theatre, opened in New York City.

1957 The Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community.

1975 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew with a history of mental illness.

1988 Robert E. Chambers Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter
in the death of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin in New York City’s so-called
“preppie murder case.”

1992 Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev returned
to Earth from the Mir space station after a 10-month stay, during which
his native country, the Soviet Union, ceased to exist.

1994 American troops completed their withdrawal from Somalia.

1996 An 81-day standoff by the antigovernment Freemen began at a ranch near Jordan, Mont.

1996 The redesigned $100 bill went into circulation.

1998 President Bill Clinton acknowledged during his Africa tour that
“we did not act quickly enough” to stop the slaughter of 1 million
Rwandans four years earlier.

2002 A powerful earthquake rocked Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan, killing as many as 1,000 people.

2004 Congress passed a law making it a separate offense to harm a fetus during a violent federal crime.

Also celebrating their birthday today:

81 Jim Lovell
Astronaut

75 Gloria Steinem
Feminist author

69 Anita Bryant
Singer

66 Paul Michael Glaser
Actor (”Starsky and Hutch”)

61 Bonnie Bedelia
Actress

56 Mary Gross
Actress, comedian

51 James McDaniel
Actor

49 Steve Norman
Rock musician (Spandau Ballet)

49 Brenda Strong
Actress (”Desperate Housewives”)

48 Fred Goss
Actor

48 John Stockwell
Actor, writer, director

47 Marcia Cross
Actress (”Desperate Housewives”)

45 Kate DiCamillo
Author (”Because of Winn-Dixie”)

45 Lisa Gay Hamilton
Actress

43 Tom Glavine
Baseball player

38 Sheryl Swoopes
Basketball player

34 Melanie Blatt
Singer (All Saints)

30 Lee Pace
Actor (”Pushing Daisies”)

27 Sean Faris
Actor

27 Danica Patrick
Auto racer

25 Katherine McPhee
Singer (”American Idol”)

22 Jason Castro
Singer (”American Idol”)

20 Aly Michalka
Actress, singer (”Aly and AJ”)