There is always a wealth of goodness over at Owlhaven — and there I found this meme. (And duly share it with you. Because we have AGAIN taken apart the office and it is such a shambles, I must do SOMETHING to cheer myself up….)
1. Go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday (month and day only):
September 23rd, sometimes autumnal equinox
2. List events that occurred on that day of interest to you:
- 1642 – First commencement exercises occur at Harvard College.
1780 – American Revolution; British Major John André arrested as a spy by American soldiers exposing Benedict Arnold’s treason.
1806 – Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis, after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
1846 – Discovery of Neptune by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams; verified by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle.
1848 – First commercial production of chewing gum by John Curtis on a stove at his home in Bangor, Maine in the United States and marketed as ‘The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum’.
1875 – William Bonney (“Billy the Kid”) is arrested for the first time.
1962 – The Jetsons aired for the first time.
1983 – Saint Kitts and Nevis joins the United Nations.
2002 – Mozilla Firefox (Phoenix) web browser is born: version 0.1. [WAHOO!]
3.List a Few Birthdays:
- 480 BC – Euripides, Greek playwright (d. 406 BC)
63 BC – Augustus Caesar, Roman Emperor (d. 14)
1215 – Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire (d. 1294)
1740 – Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (d. 1813)
1838 – Victoria Woodhull, American suffragist (d. 1927)
1861 – Robert Bosch, German inventor and industrialist (d. 1942)
1865 – Emmuska Orczy, British novelist (d. 1947) [yay, I loved the Scarlet Pimpernel]
1869 – Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary, first carrier of typhoid
1889 – Walter Lippmann, American journalist (d. 1974)
1920 – Mickey Rooney, American actor
1926 – John Coltrane, American saxophonist (d. 1967)
1930 – Ray Charles, American musician (d. 2004)
1943 – Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer
1949 – Bruce Springsteen, American singer and songwriter
1959 – Jason Alexander, American actor
1970 – Ani DiFranco, American musician
4. List a death:
- 1939 – Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist (b. 1856)
1973 – Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
1994 – Robert Bloch, American author (b. 1917)
2006 – Etta Baker, American blues guitarist (b.1913)
5. List a holiday or observance (if any):
- (last year) Rosh Hashana
Autumnal equinox/vernal equinox (depending on your hemisphere)
Feast day of Saint Adomnan of Iona, Saint Constantius, Saint Thecla.
Saudi Arabia – National Day (unification 1932)
And there you have it. Go knock yourselves out, if you so choose.