Happy Belated Birthday (March 30)! To Star Wars’s own Matt Doran (Elan Sleazebaggano from Star Wars Episode II: The Empire Strikes Back) (He doesn’t want to sell you deathsticks. He is going to go home and rethink his life.) Also born on this day: singer Celine Dion, Vincent Van Gogh, Francisco de Goya, Eric Clapton On this date in history: In 245 BCE, the first recorded observance of Halley’s Comet In 1842, ether is used for the first time as anesthesia in surgery In 1867, Alaska is purchased from Russia for the price of $7.2 million, or about two cents per acre. In 1987, Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” sells for a record $39.7 million (22.5 million pounds). Today’s holiday: National Doctor’s Day (USA) March 31 Happy Birthday! To Star Wars’s own Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars Episode I-III) Also born on this day: mathematician and philosopher Rene Descartes, composer Joseph Haydn, composer Johann Sebastian Bach, poet Octavian Paz, hockey player Gordie Howe, actress and singer Shirley Jones On this date in history: In 1889, the Eiffel Tower is officially opened. In 1921, the Royal Australian Air Force is formed. In 1966, the Soviet Union launches the space probe Luna 10, which will later be the first space probe to enter Moon orbit. Today’s holiday: Thomas Mundy Peterson Day (New Jersey, USA) We have no Fanfic birthdays to report. If you’d like your birthday celebrated here, please send me a PM.