Saturday, April 08, 2006

Meme! (or, Lots of Cool People Died On My Birthday

Go to Wikipedia and look up your birth day (excluding the year). List three neat facts, two births and one death in your journal, including the year.

1929 - "Black Thursday" stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.
1945 - Founding of the United Nations
1992 - The Toronto Blue Jays become the first non-US team to win the World Series. This is also known as the first real "World" Series. (Mark's note: I call bullshit on this, since while Game Six started on my birthday, it didn't end until after midnight the next day. Ergo, I've never considered it really valid.

1915 - Bob Kane, cartoonist (d. 1998)
1972 - Scott Peterson, American murderer

2005 - Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (b. 1913)

1 comment:

Jonathan Yazer said...

Three events:
1771 - Gustav III becomes the King of Sweden when his father Adolf Frederick "[eats] himself to death."
1879 - At New York City's Madison Square Garden the first artificial ice rink in North America opens.
1999 - President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.

Two births:
1809 - Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin.

And one death:
2000 - Charles Schulz, American comics author (b. 1922)

February 12: a day of political progress, scientific ingenuity and monarchical autocanabalism. Actually, the Swedish King didn't literally eat himself to death: "The king died of digestion problems on February 12, 1771 after consuming a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sour cabbage, smoked herring and champagne that was topped off by his favourite dessert Hetvägg, which is a Semla served in a bowl of hot milk, and is thus remembered by Swedish schoolchildren as 'the King who ate himself to death.'"