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Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age -  I'm 30 years old.  I don't think I've accomplished an extraordinary amount in this time, but I'm sure there are those who have accomplished less.  Here are some things other people had accomplished by my age.

  • Mark Twain published his first short story, "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog."
  • Danish novelist Hans Christian Andersen published his book of fairy tales.
  • Nat Turner led a slave rebellion.
  • U.S. mariner Moses Rogers made the first ocean steamboat voyage.
  • Donald Trump persuaded bankers to lend him $80 million so he could buy the Commodore Hotel.
  • Samuel Morse's assistant, Alfred Lewis Vail, devised Morse code.
  • Physicist Armand H. L. Fizeau measured the speed of light.
  • Dr. Narinder Kapany invented fiber optics and designed a glass gastroscope which can be snaked down the throat for a detailed view of the stomach.
  • Hank Williams overdosed on drugs and alcohol.
  • Bill Gates was the first person ever to become a billionaire by age 30.
  • Earl Vickers started the Dollar Project, in which dollar bills were rubber-stamped as being lost, with a reward offered for their safe return.
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