Birthday Fun Facts

In order to get a post up this morning before leaving for work, I’ve descided to grab a meme from sprite. It seems a lot faster than trying to beat one of my drafts into submission. (They’re all a bit of a mess right now.)

The rules: You go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday (only month & day). Then you write down 3 events, 2 births, 1 holiday, and then you tag 5 friends.

(I’m also going to skip over anything on April 9th that I already know about, like the surrender at Appomattox and the fact that I share my birthday with Hugh Hefner.)

Events

  • 193 – Septimius Severus is proclaimed Roman Emperor by the army in Illyricum (in the Balkans).
  • 1413 – Henry V is crowned King of England.
  • 1991 – Georgia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.

Births

  • 1898 – Paul Robeson, American singer and activist (d. 1976)
  • 1989 – Adam Hunter, Northern Irish presenter [I don’t know who this is, but the fact that he was born the year I graduated from high school amuses me for some reason. Maybe ’cause he’s already famous enough to be in Wikipedia?]

Holiday

  • Feast for Three Days – Second Day (Thelema)

I’m going to follow sprite’s lead and not tag anyone, but have at it in the comments or on your blog if you wish.

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10 thoughts on “Birthday Fun Facts

  1. Snapdragon June 26, 2007 / 11:20 am

    Okay, May 19th…

    I did 3 births, 2 events, and 1 holiday because I had to be a contrarian…

    BIRTHS

    1795 – Johns Hopkins (d. 1873), philanthropist (Johns Hopkins University is obviously named after him and coincidentially, this is where I did my MPP)

    1890 – Ho Chi Minh (d. 1969), leader of communist revolution in Viet Nam

    1925 – Pol Pot (d. 1998), leader of Cambodia, if the butcher of millions of people can be called a “leader”

    EVENTS

    1536 – Anne Boleyn, 2nd wife of Henry VIII of England, was beheaded for adultery

    1864 – American Civil War battle of Spotsylvania Court House (Virginia) ended

    HOLIDAY

    – Commemoration of Ataturk – Youth and Sports Day in Turkey (May 19 is Mustafa Kemal Ataturks birthday as well)

    I must say, I see a lot of coincidence here. I am very into Vietnam and Cambodia these days, have always been a British monarchy and American Civil War addict, and work in philanthropy (well nonprofits, which are funded by philanthropy). This is a little weird — even places I have lived are reflected in this list. Thanks sis!

  2. Shannon June 26, 2007 / 12:01 pm

    This is cool!

    February 18th

    Events:

    1841 – The first ongoing filibuster in the United States Senate begins and lasts until March 11.

    1948 – Eamon de Valera resigns as Taoiseach of Ireland.

    2001 – Dale Earnhardt is killed in a crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500, which was won by Michael Waltrip, driving in a car that Earnhardt owned. His son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second.
    (Can I tell you how thrilled I am to have my birthday associated with this?)

    Births: Eat your heart out Sixteen Candles Enthusiasts! I thought about listing Helen Gurley Brown and Toni Morrison to be all feminist and all, but this was much cooler!

    1950 – John Hughes, American director

    1968 – Molly Ringwald, American actress

    Holiday:

    Gambian Independence Day

    Because I thought the one and only listed holiday was lame, I’d like to point out that occassionally my birthday falls on President’s Day.

  3. Chris June 26, 2007 / 12:46 pm

    Didn’t Pol Pot just win that talent show in the UK?

  4. Marlene June 26, 2007 / 2:39 pm

    Pretty neat, and much cheaper than the Birthday Times things you can buy!

    Events:

    1807 – Robert Fulton’s first American steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.

    1933 – New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig played his 1,308th consecutive game, breaking Everett Scott’s record. He would continue the streak until 1939.

    1962 – East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming the first victim of the wall.

    Births:

    1786 – Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and soldier (d. 1836)

    1959 – David Koresh, American cult leader (d. 1993)

    1971 – Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball player

    Holiday:

    Rastafari movement – celebration of the birth of Marcus Garvey, considered a prophet.

    I chose three birthdays because I just couldn’t get rid of any of the three. I mean Davy Crockett, David Koresh and Jorge Posada…how’s a girl to choose between those three?!

  5. Shannon June 26, 2007 / 4:29 pm

    Apparently you’ve been Yankee-brainwashed.

    Sigh.

  6. Chris June 26, 2007 / 4:55 pm

    Feb 1

    Events (all tragic):
    1861 – American Civil War: Texas secedes from the United States.

    2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

    2004 – At least 244 people are trampled to death in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

    Births:
    1931 – Boris Yeltsin, 1st President of the Russian Federation (d. 2007)

    1948 – Rick James, American musician and composer (d. 2004)

    1968 – Pauly Shore, American comedian

    Holiday:
    Observed as “national” porridge day by parts of Northern England, but this has been disputed by Southern England in the past.

  7. Sweetpea June 26, 2007 / 4:59 pm

    OK, I am not sure what’s funnier: that there is a national porridge day in England, or that there is a regional dispute as to when it takes place.

  8. Marlene June 26, 2007 / 5:19 pm

    Shannon,

    Not brain-washed, I was always (at least when I followed baseball) a Yankee fan. I was NEVER a Red Sox fan, but I did like the Pirates as a kid because they had neat uniforms!

  9. Joanne June 26, 2007 / 7:51 pm

    OK, here I go:

    Events:

    1282 – Llywelyn ap Gruffydd or Gruffudd (b. c. 1228) the last native [in other words, true–jt] Prince of Wales, was killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, south Wales. He was the last prince of an independent Wales before its conquest by King Edward I of England. (I actually already knew this. Being part Welsh, this made me sad. So I feel compelled to post it.)

    1936 – Abdication Crisis: Edward VIII’s abdication as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India becomes effective. (Kewl.)

    2001 – The People’s Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization. (Being a wannabe China hand, I had to choose this one!)

    Births:

    1725 – George Mason, American statesman (ANd fellow Virginian. Kewl.)

    1962 – Ben Browder, American actor (Oh, I’m so excited that they listed him! He’s so hot!)

    (John Kerry as well, but I already knew that.)

    Holiday:

    Wales – Remembrance Day of Llywelyn II (Like I said, it makes me sad.)

  10. Wendy June 26, 2007 / 9:59 pm

    February 3

    Events:

    1690 – The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in America. and then immediately demanded half of it back in anticipation of my third entry – see below

    1815 – The first commercial cheese factory is founded (Switzerland). I’m guessing they made…wait for it…Swiss cheese

    1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect a graduated income tax. (oh joy)

    Births:

    1894 – Norman Rockwell, American illustrator (d. 1978)

    1956 – Nathan Lane, American actor

    Holidays/Liturgical Feasts:

    -United States – the earliest calendar day that Mardi Gras can occur.

    Feast of Saint Blaise, Catholics visit churches to have their throats blessed.

    I included Feast of Saint Blaise, because that’s my confirmation name and I’ve always thought it was cool.

    -Wendy

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