Saturday, July 15, 2006

A Birthday Tag


A while back, I was tagged by Ol' Lady. I figured I might as well do it now as next week I have some blirthday stuff planned.

The rule of the tag is to go to Wikipedia , type in your birthdate and list three events, two important births, one interesting death, and one holiday or observance.

Sometimes these tags can be quite educational and this was no different. I discovered that:

Events

On August 14, 1908, The First Beauty Contest was held in England. I always thought the first beauty contest started the Trojan War.

On August 14, 1040, Duncan I was killed by his cousin and successor, MacBeth, giving Shakespearian actors something to talk about.

On August 14, 1945, Japan accepted the Allied Terms of Surrender, allowing them to pursue global domination by cornering the market on game consoles.

Births

On August 14, 1943, Jimmy Johnson was born to pursue the secret of William Shatner's plastic hair.

On August 14, 1945, Steve Martin was born and uttered the phrase, 'Well, Excuuuuse Meee!!!'

On August 14, 1961, Susan Olsen was born with hair of gold just like her mother in curls.

Death

On August 14, 1980 Dorothy Stratten was murdered robbing the world of a great beauty.

Observance

August 14 is the feast day of Saint Maximilian Kolbe. He was sainted by Pope John Paul II and is known for saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis. He also was executed in Auschwitz, when he took the place of a condemned stranger who had begged for his life for the sake of his family. There are those who claim that his writing was Anti-Semitic but actions speak louder than words in my opinion. If there are truly any saints then by his actions he should certainly be added to their list.

I never tag anyone but I will say that if you want to go and check out what happened on your birthday in Wikipedia, it is interesting.

18 comments:

Gerald Ford said...

Huh, while playing around with dates on Wikipedia, I found that:

"1940 - Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI; his job is to report back information on Hollywood "subversives"."

I knew it, the cock-sucker.

"1989 - After ruling for 33 years , Bulgarian Communist Party leader Todor Zhivkov is replaced by foreign minister Petar Mladenov, who in 1990 changes the party's name to Bulgarian Socialist Party."

Oh, that Petar, will he ever stop monkeying around with Communist Party structures?

"1926 - In San Francisco, California, a necrophiliac serial killer named Earle Nelson (dubbed "Gorilla Man") kills and then rapes his 9th victim, Mrs. William Edmonds."

Loser.

Pixie said...

Feb 16:

Events:
1249 - Andrew of Longjumeau was dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khan of the Mongols.


1568 - The entire population of the Netherlands - three million people - was sentenced to death by the Roman Catholic Church for heresy;

1968 - In Haleyville, Alabama the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.

Births:

1959 - John McEnroe, American tennis player

1961 - Andy Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran)

1972 - Taylor Hawkins, American musician (Foo Fighters)

Death:

2002 - Walter Winterbottom, England football manager (b. 1913) ( I liked the name it rolled off the tongue)

2001 - William Masters, American gynecologist and sexologist

Holiday
Lithuania - Independence Day (1918)

Ol' Lady said...

Thanks fuzzbox interesting stuff

:P fuzzbox said...

gerald: I wonder why he was known as the gorilla man. I will have to look that one up.

pixie: Winterbottom is a good name. I bet he is one cold assed hombre.

ol' lady: It was fun.

Bruce said...

October 27
Events-
1795 - The United States and Spain sign the Treaty of Madrid, which establishes the boundaries between Spanish colonies and the U.S.

1870 - Marshal Fran├žois Achille Bazaine surrenders to Prussian forces at Metz along with 140,000 French soldiers in one of the biggest French defeats of the Franco-Prussian War.(the first in a long list of surrenders by the French)

1904 - First New York City Subway line opens; the system becomes biggest in United States of America, and one of the biggest in world. Several people got lost though, trying to go from the A line to the Bronx..

1946- First commercially-sponsored television program airs (Geographically Speaking, sponsored by Bristol-Myers). Probably the first reality show...

1961 - NASA launched the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1. I believe Jean-Luc Picard was the commanding officer.

1997 - Stock markets around the world crash because of fears of a global economic meltdown. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummets 554.26 points to 7,161.15. Gordon Gecko was right...

2004- Boston Red Sox defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in Game 4 of the World Series to become champions for the first time since 1918. One of the worst nights of my life...

Births
1728 - James Cook, British naval captain and explorer
1858 - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
1914 - Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet
1932 - Sylvia Plath, American poet
1940 - John Gotti, American gangster
1958 - Simon Le Bon, English singer (Duran Duran)
1967 - Scott Weiland, American singer (Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver)
Deaths
1789 - John Cook, American farmer and President of Delaware
1975 - Rex Stout, American novelist
1990 - Elliott Roosevelt, American war hero, author, and advertising executive
1996 - Morey Amsterdam, American actor
2003 - Rod Roddy, American television announcer

:P fuzzbox said...

Bruce, Sorry about the worst night of your life but thanks for coming on down.

starbender said...

Oh, Poor Dorothy Stratten!
Galaxina--One of my all-time Fav's!
(4 the cult effect of it all)
Happy birthday 2 U-
sorry it's late!
:]

:P fuzzbox said...

starbender: I never make a big production over my birthday and never even mentioned it here. Galaxina had to have spawned one of the most collectable movie posters ever.

Shay said...

Well, your birthday is still a ways off. ^_^
But August 4th certainly had some interesting events, besides your birth. hehe

siren said...

That was interesting. According to Wikipedia, my birthdate coincides with the creation of the world, according to the Byzantine Empire. I don't know what that means, but suddenly I feel more important :)

Catch said...

very interesting Fuzz....Dorothy Stratton was a beauty wasnt she? Such a shame.

Big Pissy said...

That was interesting!

I love Steve Martin :)

and I agree with catch....the Doroty Stratton murder was such a shame....

:P fuzzbox said...

shay: Since August does not have a true National Holiday here in the States, I would be proud to offer up my birthdate.

siren: That would make a person feel important. It's nice to see you back.

catch: She was and it is a shame that her life was taken at such a young age.

big pissy: I was a big fan of Steve Martin and have modeled much of myself from his classic movie, 'The Jerk'. Eventhough I was not born a poor black child.

Jenna Howard said...

Hm...let's see March 19...

1931 - Gambling was legalized in Nevada.

1916 - 8 US planes take off in pursuit of Pancho Villa which made this the first air-combat mission in history. Grr.

1953 - The Oscars were televised. This was NOT my fault. Not. Nope. No.

1962 - Bob Dylan released his first self-titled album

Wow...a crap load of people I never heard of were born on this day. I have heard of Wyatt Earp though, Irving Wallace, Ursula Undress, oops, Andress, Philip Roth and Bruce "Yippee-ki-ya Mother Fucker" Willis. A crap load of people I never heard of also died on this day.

Hm...did you know that swallows return to Capistrano on this day? Do they have an itinerary?

:P fuzzbox said...

Jenna, that is weird that they migrate on the same day every year. With such a great internal clock how did they come up with the phrase bird brain?

michaelm said...

Though I'm not a tag kind of guy, I do like this one.
I may use it sometime this week.
Gotta love Wikipedia...

~m

:P fuzzbox said...

michael, Wikipedea is handy. Instant knowledge is just a click or two away on any subject.

Jim said...

I am not making this up:

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