Saturday, July 19, 2008

Lazy Blogging (again)

Here's a meme, shamelessly stolen from this post at Debi's place. Because I'm too lazy to write one of my typically rambling posts this morning.

1) Go to Wikipedia.
2) In the search box, type your birth month and day but not the year.
3) List three events that happened on your birthday.
4) List two important birthdays and one death.
5) One holiday or observance (if any).


I've blogged about my birthday before, so for even more laziness, some of these answers are recycled.

Events
1356 - English defeat the French at the Battle of Poitiers, because they think they own France.
1778 - The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States. And they've been in debt ever since.
1944 - Armistice between Finland and Soviet Union signed (End of the Continuation War). They had their own private war?

There are so many events worth mentioning... Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starting their career together (1900), the US banning Charlie Chaplin's re-entry (1952), their first underground nuclear test (1956), the Wheel of Fortune game show being created (1983). But here are a couple more notable ones:

Special Mention - Events (coolness category)
1970 - The first Glastonbury Festival is held. Mud, music, mud, and non-prescription pharmaceuticals. And mud.

Special Mention - Events (silly category)
1959 - Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland. That communist bastard.

Birthdays
Well, Ferry Porsche obviously, in 1909, links to the Nazi Party notwithstanding. The second, American Actor Adam West. He's the real Batman, you know.

Other candidates: Jeremy Irons, Lol Creme, Twiggy, and Nile Rodgers.

Death
I think I'll have to go with Orville Redenbacher (1995), humorously described in Wikipedia's list as an "American botanist and businessman".

Observance
There can be only one. Talk Like A Pirate Day, of course. Although I gave serious consideration to the sixth day of the Eleusinian Mysteries, St. Kitts and Nevis Independence Day, and Chilean Armed Forces Day too.

So there you go. September the 19th. Send me presents.

5 comments:

Rik said...

Events:
Saturday Night Live began in 1975
The Mary Rose was raised from the sea bed in 1982 (I remember it well)
The space shuttle took off on it's 100th mission in 2000

Birth/Deathdays:
Eleanor Roosevelt would be exactly 87 years older then me (if she were still alive)
Bobby Charlton is exactly 38 years older then me.
As for dying, apparently 82 years before I was born, James Prescott Joule died. I wonder if anyone worked out how much energy he could create?

Apparently it's also Nation Coming Out Day. I think the less said about that, the better.

Wonderferret said...

Events
1098 - First Crusade: Massacre of Ma'arrat al-Numan - Crusaders breach the town's walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they resort to cannibalism.
1901 - Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal at Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland.
2000 - The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore

Births
1977 - Nicole, Erica and Jaclyn Dahm, American triplet Playboy models
1915 - Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor (d. 1998)

Death
2003 - Keiko, orca, star of Free Willy (b. 1976)

Events
Kenya - Jamhuri Day: Independence Day (from Britain, 1963)

#Debi said...

Wow! I have my own label now. I'm humbled... :)

Pseudonymph said...

Strangely compelling:
Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna (538 AD)
Births: 1478 Giuliano de Medici, ruler of Florence and 1969 Graham Coxon from Blur
Deaths: 1999 Yehudi Menuhin the violinist

Special day: Graekarissmessa - celebration of the day the oystercatcher returns to the Faroe Islands. Wherever they are..

#Debi said...

Have you noticed that it is August? Do I have to do the "posty" dance? Really, no one wants to see that...



:)