Monday, March 26, 2007


I'm suffering from toothache and a cold, so due to lack of inspiration here's a meme I noticed chez udge recently...

1. Go to wikipedia and type in your birthday, month and day only

2. List events that occurred on that day that interest you
3761 BC - The origin of the modern Hebrew calendar.
1520 - First public burning of books in the Netherlands, in Louvain.
1582 - Due to the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
1769 - Captain Cook discovers New Zealand.
1870 - Leon Gambetta flees Paris in a balloon.
1950 - Annexation of Tibet by China
1955 - Allen Ginsberg reads 'Howl' for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco.
1959 - USSR probe Luna 3 transmits first ever photographs of the far side of the moon.
2001 - The US invasion of Afghanistan starts

3. List a few birthdays
1885 - Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
1900 - Heinrich Himmler, Nazi official
1927 - RD Laing, Scottish psychologist
1931 - Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop and Nobel Laureate
1934 - Ulrike Meinhof, German terrorist
1955 - Yo-Yo Ma, French-born cellist
1968 - Thom Yorke, English singer (Radiohead)

4. List a few deaths
1849 - Edgar Allan Poe, American writer
1959 - Mario Lanza, American tenor

5. List a holiday or observance (if any)
Feast day of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, considered by some to be the first gay Christian martyrs. Saint Bacchus sounds a bit unlikely to me, but there you go...
Belle de Nuit Day in the French Republican Calendar, a short-lived and bewildering attempt to rearrange Time around the French Revolution.
Composer Day in Brazil. Well, I do like a good samba occasionally.