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16 August 2008 @ 12:03 am
Birthday Meme  
From a whole bunch of different people:

Painstakingly pinched from about half my friends list, the Wiki Your Birthday meme:
1) Look up your birth date (no year) on Wikipedia.
2) List your choice of four (4) events, three (3) births, two (2) deaths and one (1) holiday that occur on this date.

July 20
Events (really, three of them are too obvious):
1921 - Air mail service begins between New York City and San Francisco.
1944 - World War II: Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt (known as the July 20 Plot) led by German Army Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.
1969 - Apollo Program: Apollo 11 successfully lands the first man on the Moon.
1976 - The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars.

356 BC - Alexander the Great, Macedonian-Greek king and military leader (d. 323 BC)
1876 - Otto Blumenthal, German mathematician (d. 1944)
1919 - Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountain climber (d. 2008)

1704 - Peregrine White, first English child born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1620)
2005 - James Doohan, Canadian-born actor (b. 1920)

Colombia - Independence Day
The Cajun Gypsythatcrazycajun on August 16th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
You got to be born on Moon Landing Day?! I'm so jealous; all I got was the preceding mission to test equipment (Apollo 10). And Jimmy Doohan's death too? Some people have all the luck... :-)
darrenziegerdarrenzieger on August 17th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
1913 - The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve.
1938 - Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.
1947 - The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
1968 (my birth year) - The United States won the release of 82 sailors by issuing a writing apology to North Korea for spying on the Communist country.

1805 - Joseph Smith, Jr., American religious leader (d. 1844)
1943 - Harry Shearer, American actor
1964 - Eddie Vedder, American musician (Pearl Jam)

1834 - Thomas Malthus, English demographer and economist (b. 1766)
2000 - Billy Barty, American actor (b. 1924)

Holiday: (screw the meme, I couldn't decide between these two)
Secular humanism (American) - HumanLight observed
Festivus, a holiday made popular by the sitcom Seinfeld.
hillarysherwoodhillarysherwood on August 17th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
October 6
1889 - Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture.
1981 - President of Egypt, Anwar al-Sadat is assassinated.
1987 - Fiji becomes a republic.
1995 - 51 Pegasi was discovered to be the first major star apart from the Sun to have a planet (and extrasolar planet) orbiting around it.

1917 - Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights activist (d. 1977)
1950 - David Brin, American author
1955 - Tony Dungy, American football coach

877 - Charles the Bald (b. 823)
1892 - Alfred Lord Tennyson, British poet (b. 1809)

U.S. - German-American Day observed since 1987