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.


One response to “wikibirthday

  1. Billy the Kid gets arrested for the first time and Kublai Khan is born on the same day as your birthday. What’s going on? Are they trying to steal your limelight?