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Cool things that happened on your birthday

Postby Rippy » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:25 pm UTC

Look up your birthday on Wikipedia. What cool stuff happened that day? Births, deaths?

Al Capone died on my birthday. Also, the Opportunity rover landed on Mars. (And contact was lost with the Mars Pathfinder on my gf's birthday... it's a sign!)

Unfortunately, I don't share a birthday with any notable people really. But telling people Al Capone died on my birthday should be a good conversation starter.

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Postby carr » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:27 pm UTC

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Postby Twasbrillig » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:48 pm UTC

I was born on the same day as Harry Shearer. That's pretty awesome in itself.
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Postby the Cow » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:54 pm UTC

Both WW1 (44 years earlier) and WW2 (20 years earlier) started for the US on my birthday. I wouldn't call either "cool" though.
...the whim of a hat.

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Postby Zohar » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:46 pm UTC

Hmmm...

Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering started selling transistors. They're better known as Sony today...
Vikings 2 entered orbit around Mars.

I share my birthday with Wayne Knight, David Duchovny and Charlize Theron.

It seems Arthur Miller was accused of contempt of congress for not telling them the names of so called communist writers and he was cleared on my b-day in 1958.

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Postby Alisto » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:57 pm UTC

International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Tegan and Sara Quin's birthday.
Hermoine Granger's birthday.

2006, Thai coup.
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Postby lone_psychonaut » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:58 pm UTC

Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese.

Well, not really "cool", but an important date none the less.
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Postby TRM » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:58 pm UTC

Mariah Carey was born.

You know, the diva whose voice can hit divine frequencies that will make your heart shudder?

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Postby TigerX » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:59 pm UTC

Spain cedes Louisiana to France. (1800)
First steamboat sails into New Orleans on the Mississippi. (1811)
First game of the modern World Series is played. (1903)
Ford introduces the Model T. (1908)
The Nuremberg Trials end in sentancing. (1946)
The PRC is declared by Mao Zedong. (1949)
Walt Disney World opens. (1971)
Ali defeats Frazier. (1975)
The US returns the Panama Canal to Panama. (1979)
Sony launches the first personal CD player. (1982)
Denmark recognizes same-sex civil unions as "registered partnerships" (1989)

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Postby Mask of Destiny » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:04 pm UTC

Also in the not "cool" but significant category:
The day the World Trade Center towers fell

My 18th birthday really sucked.

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Postby the Cow » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:10 pm UTC

lone_psychonaut wrote:Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese.

Well, not really "cool", but an important date none the less.


You and I share a birthday: Dec 7.
...the whim of a hat.

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Postby Alpha Omicron » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:19 pm UTC

    1775 - American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his famous speech -"give me liberty or give me death" at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia.
    1839 - First recorded use of "OK" as an abbreviation for "oll korrect" in the Boston Morning Post.
    1919 - In Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement.
    1933 - The Reichstag passes the Enabling act of 1933, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany.
    1994 - Wayne Gretzky sets all-time NHL goal scoring record with 804.
    2001 - The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
    2007 - The Sony Playstation 3 is released in the UK
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Postby Cheese » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:24 pm UTC

Wow, noone's said the stupid 'I was born' yet.

But I know that in 1945 on my birthday the last bomb of WW2 was dropped on Britain, killing a farmer and his wire.

Also, a few choice wikis...
1785 - King Louis XVII of France born(d. 1795)
1625 - Charles I becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland as well as claiming the title King of France.
1972 - M.C. Escher, Dutch artist dies(b. 1898)
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Postby Alpha Omicron » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:26 pm UTC

Cheese wrote:But I know that in 1945 on my birthday the last bomb of WW2 was dropped on Britain, killing a farmer and his wire.

The poor wire. Was it copper, or something else?
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Postby Cheese » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:33 pm UTC

Probably chicken wire, not entirely sure. Don't think your average farmer could afford many electricals in those days...
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Postby Droooo » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:37 pm UTC

1943 - Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to travel via airplane while in office. Apparently

2004 - Goatse.cx is suspended by the Christmas Island Internet Administration following a massive grassroots movement to close the site forever

And LL Cool J was born.

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:38 pm UTC

The only major events that are really noteworthy:

1620 - The Pilgrims sail from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower to settle in North America.

1870 - Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally after 1807.

1970 - Two passenger jets bound from Europe to New York are simultaneously hijacked by Palestinian terrorist members of PFLP and taken to Dawson's Field in Jordan.

1997 - Princess Diana was laid to rest in front of TV audience of 2.5 billion.

Births: Jane Curtin, Jeff Foxworthy.
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Postby chaosspawn » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:44 pm UTC

Let's see: things I already knew:
1900 - The Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing United States currency on the gold standard.
1879 - Albert Einstein, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)

other random ones:
1889 - German Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his "Navigable Balloon"
1951 - Jerry Greenfield, American co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream
1985 - Eva Angelina, American porn star
1994 - Timeline of Linux development: Linux kernel version 1.0.0 is released.

Funniest one:
2007 - an anonomous user edited Wikipedia to make it say Sinbad died of a heart attack. Sinbad was not dead, he most certainly was still alive and well.

and not on wikipedia, but
Pi Day
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Postby Phenriz » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:44 pm UTC

Birthday Sex, pretty much every year since i was 17.
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Postby Cheese » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:49 pm UTC

chaosspawn wrote:and not on wikipedia, but
Pi Day


Whaaaaay! 3.14.15, a great year for all pi-people!
Unless they use the correct dating system (like I do), which makes it 14.3.15...
But I can put up with the M-D-Y for one day of the year.
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Postby grythyttan » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:52 pm UTC

I share birthday with Geronimo, Joyce Carol Oates and 2pac.
And the ford motor company was incorporated on that day in 1903.

Hopefully, in a couple of years, I will also be mentioned. Preferrably as "that awesom guy that did that really cool stuff you know"

well a lot of other stuff happended but i'm too lazy t write it down.
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Postby PictureSarah » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:42 pm UTC

Cameron Diaz shares my birthday. Which is unremarkable, except that my last name is also Diaz...that's kinda weird.
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Postby Severus Severance » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:16 pm UTC

- Thomas Cromwell was executed (1540)
- A freaking plane crashes into the Empire State Building. (1945)
- Kennewick Man discovered (1996)

Beatrix Potter and Jackie Onassis share my birthday; Vivaldi and Bach died on my birthday.

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Postby aisling » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:34 pm UTC

Severus Severance wrote:- Thomas Cromwell was executed (1540)


Oliver Cromwell, a relative of Thomas Cromwell, was born the same day as me, except in 1599. Which is funny, because my parents consider themselves to be Republicans (Irish).

Other interesting people with my birthday:

Al Pacino, Renée Zellweger (never knew!)

That's it for that.. lol.

Also, it's on ANZAC Day. Which I thought was kind of interesting.

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Postby 22/7 » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:35 pm UTC

On my birthday (not just date, but year too) Richard Nixon was elected.
Totally not a hypothetical...

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Postby davef » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:38 pm UTC

8 - Roman Empire general Tiberius defeats Dalmatians on the river Bathinus. (Earliest event so far?)
1492 - Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
1914 - World War I: Germany declares war against France.
1936 - Jesse Owens wins the 100 meter dash by defeating Ralph Metcalfe at Berlin Olympics.
2004 - The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
2007 - davef (also known as 'Famous Dave'), a much-loved and respected member of the xckd online forum, passes his driving test.

Edit - forgot shared birthdays. Not that many cool ones, but Tony Bennett, Eamon Dunphy, Martin Sheen and James Hetfield all share my birthday.

Roger Casement, the Irish revolutionary, was executed in 1916.
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Postby Shizo » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:44 pm UTC

1648 - Margaret Jones is hung in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts colony.
1938 - Action Comics issues the first Superman comic.
1954 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law that places the words "under God" to the United States' Pledge of Allegiance.

5 Mathematicians share my birthday. Most are dead, though.
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Postby The Cosmic Fool » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:46 pm UTC

Events:

3 BC - Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.

1774 - The element oxygen is discovered for the third (and last) time.

1800 - The Act of Union 1800 is passed in which merges the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1834 - Slavery is abolished in the British Empire.

1941 - The first Jeep is produced.

1944 - Anne Frank makes the last entry in her diary.

1957 - The United States and Canada form the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).

1981 - MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, "Video Killed The Radio Star" by the Buggles.

Births:

1779 - Francis Scott Key, American lawyer and lyricist (d. 1843)

1843 - Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln; United States Secretary of War (d. 1926)

1963 - Coolio, American rapper
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Postby Rippy » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:48 pm UTC

22/7 wrote:On my birthday (not just date, but year too) Richard Nixon was elected.

You are destined for great evil.

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Postby 22/7 » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:49 pm UTC

Rippy wrote:You are destined for great evil.


Thanks?
Totally not a hypothetical...

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Postby Aoeniac » Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:06 pm UTC

Wow... every historical event that happened on my birthday was boring or reprehensible.
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Postby marshlight » Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:16 pm UTC

Apparently a lot of stuff went down on my birthday. Notables:

1283 - Dafydd ap Gruffydd, prince of Gwynedd in Wales, becomes the first person executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered.
1863 - Thanksgiving Day declared as the fourth Thursday in November by President Abraham Lincoln.
1955 - The Mickey Mouse Club debuts on ABC.

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Postby Belial » Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:17 pm UTC

1520 - Spaniards expelled from Tenochtitlan

1905 - Albert Einstein publishes the article "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies", where he introduces special relativity.

1908 - The Tunguska impact event occurs in Siberia.

1934 - The Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler's violent purge of his political rivals in Germany, takes place.

1956 - A TWA Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 (Flight 718) collide above the Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States, killing all 128 on the two planes.
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Postby scrt_rbt_agnt » Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:27 pm UTC

1843 - A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, is first published in England.

2001 - The fire at the World Trade Center, as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks, is finally extinguished after three months.



no one cool/special to me really born/died on my bday.
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i don't wanna worry about dyin'
i just wanna worry about sunshine girls

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Postby (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ » Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:38 pm UTC

I share a birthday with two people I care about:

1718 - Edward Teachor 'Black Beard' famous pirate
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1980 - Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball player, RED SOX! I'm kind of a fan. :-)

other than that nothing I find particularly interesting happened on November 23rd, ever.
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Postby dagron » Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:15 am UTC

Black Tuesday, the day the stock market crashed in 1929.

Also, I'm pretty sure 1718 is when Blackbeard died, not when he was born. But that's off the top of my head, which isn't to be trusted.

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Postby (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ » Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:22 am UTC

Oho, so it would seem. That'll teach me to trust wikipedia-(not that I usually do) on the Nov. 23 page he's listed as one of the births. On his own page, he's listed as having died- on November 22. Go figure.
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Postby liza » Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:27 am UTC

Wy birthday is an anniversary of the Vandals entering Rome in 455, the coronation of QE2 in 1953. It'salso the birthday of Martha Washington in 1731 and Jewel Staite in 1982 (cool!). It's also the holy day for 4 saints and the anniversary of the first smallpox vaccination.
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Postby sillybear25 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:29 am UTC

My birthday (May 25th) is Towel Day, which was started after Douglas Adams died in order to celebrate his life and the books he wrote (and hated writing...). Which is awesome, considering that I'm an H2G2 fan... Every other fan I've talked to agrees with me.
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Postby 22/7 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:31 am UTC

liza wrote:It's also the holy day for 4 saints and the anniversary of the first smallpox vaccination.
Not bad.


How many saints are there that 4 of them have the same holy day?

And dagron, is that a homestar runner reference?
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