Wednesday, August 20, 2008

 

Birthday Meme

Hey look, internets! A meme! (I haven't done one of these in a long while, so...)

Look up your birthday in Wikipedia. Pick 4 events, 3 births, 2 deaths, and 1 holiday.

EVENTS
1609 - Galileo Galilei demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.
1768 - James Cook begins his first voyage.
1835 - The New York Sun perpetrates the Great Moon Hoax..
1944 - World War II: Paris is liberated by the Allies.

BIRTHS
1819 - Allan Pinkerton, American private detective (d. 1884)
1930 - Sean Connery, Scottish actor
1954 - Elvis Costello, English musician

DEATHS
1688 - Henry Morgan, Welsh privateer
1900 - Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (b. 1844)
1984 - Truman Capote, American author (b. 1924)

HOLIDAY
Roman festivals - Opiconsivia held in honor of Ops.

Comments:
So you're the one who killed Nietzsche! :)
 
No, I didn't kill him. I just made him stronger...

(What, too soon?)
 
I just start up my blog, a mere three posts in, and I've already got a meme up.
 
Events

* 1852 - Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
* 1923 - Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
* 1961 - Explorer program: Explorer 9 (S-56a) is launched.
* 1978 - The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).

Just missing the list- 2006 - The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.

Births

* 1935 - Sonny Bono, American entertainer & U.S. Congressman (d. 1998)
* 1942 - Kim Jong-il, North Korean leader
* 1968 - Warren Ellis, British comic book writer

Just missing the list- Edgar Bergen, Hugh Beaumont, LeVar Burton, Ice-T, Christopher Eccleston

Deaths

* 1999 - Michael Larson, Press Your Luck Big-winning contestant (b. 1949)
* 2001 - William Masters, American gynecologist and sexologist (b. 1915)

Holiday

* Lithuania - Independence Day (1918)

Alas, no real good deaths.

Bill Williams
 
Events
* 1901 - Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
* 1911 - Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.
* 1926 - Harry Houdini's last performance, which was at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
* 1929 - "Black Thursday" stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.

Births
* 1915 - Bob Kane, American cartoonist (d. 1998)
* 1936 - Bill Wyman, English musician (The Rolling Stones)
* 1947 - Kevin Kline, American actor

Deaths
* 1935 - Dutch Schultz, American gangster (b. 1902)

* 1991 - Gene Roddenberry, American television producer (b. 1921)


Holidays and observances
* United Nations Day (charter 1945)
 
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