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The birthday meme

Usually I'm anti-viral, but anima_mecanique and akashiver doing it broke my defense:
Go to Wikipedia and look up your birthday (excluding the year). List three neat facts, two births and one death in your journal, including the year.

1960 - Reproductive rights: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves sale of the birth control pill. I get Pill Day!

1974 - Watergate Scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard M. Nixon. "In America, anyone can grow up to impeach the President." -- Calvin Trillin to his daughters

1950 - Robert Schuman presents his proposal on the creation of an organized Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman declaration", is considered by some people to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union. I've wanted to write ScF where the EU had peacefully swallowed up the whole world. Conquest by committee.

1874 - Howard Carter, British archaeologist (d. 1939). I visited the Valley of the Kings when I was 3, and said my first words in Egypt. Oh, and nearly died. Pity I don't remember anything.

1920 - Richard Adams, English author. There was a big rabbit. There was a little rabbit. There was a tasty -- oops, sorry.

1931 - Albert Abraham Michelson, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852) Yes, that Michelson.

I also get the births of John Ashcroft (sorry!) and Candice Bergen, and the death of Tenzing Norway ("I'm not scared of heights, I'm scared of grounds.") For events:

This one's for anima_mecanique:
1671 - Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. He is immediately caught because he is too drunk to run with the loot. He is later condemned to death and then mysteriously pardoned and exiled by King Charles II. Note he wasn't too drunk to steal the Crown Jewels.

1926 - Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of his diary seems to indicate that this did not happen). So I could have picked an event which didn't happen...

1936 - Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after taking the capital Addis Ababa on May 5. After Ethiopia kicked Italy's butt in 1896.

1940 - World War II: The German submarine U-9 sinks French coastal submarine Doris near Den Helder. Doh!

1941 - World War II: The German submarine U-110 is captured by the Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma cryptography machine which Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages. DOH!

1945 -- Victory in Europe Day for Eastern European timezones. Goering and Quisling arrested. Jersey islands liberated.

1950 - L. Ron Hubbard publishes his book on Dianetics, entitled "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. Ewww, I've got Thetans!

1994 - Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first black president.

And finally, 9 May starts the Roman Feast of the Lemures.



( 1 comment — Leave a comment )
Apr. 9th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
oooh, me too, me too!
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