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Subject: So, What Happened On YOUR Birthday In History?
Date Posted: 11/2/2010 3:00 PM ET
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While doing some preliminary research for the HF Challenges, I checked out some of the links Christa posted for finding historical events by date.  Imagine my surprise to find that the universe was created on my birthday.  Okay, it was a few years earlier than my birth, but still.  I share a birthday with the universe!  Top THAT, my friends!

The deal is that a scientist named Kepler determined that the universe was created on April 27, 4977 BC.  Science has since proved he was off by about 13.7 billion years, but I didn't read that the actual month and day have been disputed (although I'm sure the prevailing theory is that it's impossible to tell the exact date on which the universe was created), so my claim to fame is that the universe and I are birthday buddies! 

Of somewhat lesser importance (well, relative to the universe being created), King George won the battle of Culloden on April 27, 1746.  DANG!  Too bad I already read the Outlander book dealing with Culloden!   There were several other things too, but these two events stuck out at me.

So, what happened on YOUR birthday?



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Nothing good I'm afraid.  Malcolm X was assasinated and the Germans started building Auschwitz on my birthday.  I don't think anyone is going to top yours :)

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Oh, mine beats Shelley's...

On October 26th, H.E. Smith patented the rotary-motion washing machine.

Now, which of our favorite authors wrote a book about the washing machine....

Or, maybe I'll go with one of these others:

1951 - Winston Churchill became the prime minister of Great Britain.

1881 - The "Gunfight at the OK Corral" took place in Tombstone, AZ. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday and the Ike Clanton Gang.

1774 - The First Continental Congress of the U.S. adjourned in Philadelphia.

 

As exciting as washing machines are, perhaps it will be easier to find some fiction devoted to Churchill. I'll probably go with the gunfight though if I can find the right book. ;-)

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Valli, I know of an OK Corral book:  "Bloody Season" by Loren D. Estleman.  I love his writing, although I haven't read this one yet.  (Plus, he's a friend of mine. smiley)

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Valli - Are you sure that Penman or Chadwick (or perhaps possibly Cornwell) didn't write some great epic centering on the washing machine?  You'd better go back and do some more research.  Perhaps an ancestor of the washing machine inventor served Henry and Eleanor at court or was a sidekick of William Marshal's.  cheeky



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The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

                - Winston Churchill

                (1874-1965)

                British Prime Minister



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"Malcolm X was assasinated and the Germans started building Auschwitz on my birthday"

Wow Holly, well, at least you have some good HF book choices from these events!

My birthday's most famous event was Black Tuesday in 1929, the stock market crash which triggered the beginning of the Great Depression.

Diane

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Where are the links to find out what happened on our birthday?  I know I saw them somewhere, but I can't find them now.

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My birthdate (Dec. 21st) is known for the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock.  

I share a birthday with Thomas Becket and Joseph Stalin.  

A lot of people born on the 21st turned out to be composers, poets and authors, which I found interesting.

I may have to go with Becket.

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 Are you sure that Penman or Chadwick (or perhaps possibly Cornwell) didn't write some great epic centering on the washing machine?

Actually, the precurser to the washing machine ..  the washer woman ..  plays a fairly significant role in the latest Ariana Franklin book.   

I can't take credit for the websites.  I got the idea for this category because my son has to write a research paper for his English class.  To help them narrow down to a topic, they had to pick something related to their birth date.  The teacher provided the websites.  The example I gave about Richard I is actually what he is doing is paper on.  He has to turn in his source notes tomorrow so we've been working on it tonight.

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I definitely consider the invention of the washing machine to be epic.

Princess Diana died on my birthday.  The first victim of Jack the Ripper was found The Polish Solidary Movement began and this happend:
1823 - Ferdinand VII was restored to the throne of Spain when invited French forces entered Cadiz. The event is known as the Battle of Trocadero.

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I found an interesting one although certainly not as cool as Shelley's...Thomas Becket was murdered on my birthday, December 29th.  I never put the two together date wise even though I have read a lot about him and Henry II

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Not much of interest on my birthday. 

1429 - Joan of Arc defeated the besieging English at Orleans.

1502 - Christopher Columbus left Spain for his final trip to the Western Hemisphere.

A few more, but nothing of HF interest to me. 

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Not much of interest on my birthday. 

1429 - Joan of Arc defeated the besieging English at Orleans.

1502 - Christopher Columbus left Spain for his final trip to the Western Hemisphere.

A few more, but nothing of HF interest to me. 

So far, I've filled in my list with TBR, but I've got NOTHING for Joan of Arc or Columbus. 



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Sharla - no interesting births or deaths? 

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Ooohh -- I share a birthday with Viggo Mortensen!!!

(But I still think Shelley gets the prize -- having the universe created on your birthday (albeit a few billion years before) -- that's cool!)

Date Posted: 11/3/2010 12:05 AM ET
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My birthday is May 9.  I don't see any births or deaths.

A couple more things turn up

1926

Explorers Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett flew over the North Pole.

1936

Fascist Italyannexed Ethiopia

Maybe if I can find something on Byrd and Bennet....  Or Joan of Arc. 

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Sharla...something about Ferninand and Isabel related to Columbus?  I know Columbus was mentioned a few times in The Last Queen by Gortner.

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Cheryl....Becket was born on my birthday and died on yours!  I think we should do a little read-along together.laugh

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On my birthday Feb, 15

Socrates sentenced to death 0399

The Maine exploded in Havana Harbor 1898

Canada adopted the Maple Leaf Flag in 1965

Disney's Cinderella premiers in 1950.  (love that movie)

The First Teddy Bear goes on sale 1903.

Births

Galileo  1564

Louis VX 1710

Susan B. Anthony 1820

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Deb - I don't know.  In my book, Viggo is as big of a deal as the universe being created.  Yum!

Date Posted: 11/3/2010 9:07 AM ET
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Sharla,

Well, for starters, the lawn mower was patented on May 9th! So, there's always that. Also, that was my mother-in-law's birthday ... so there's that as well.

As a personal preference, I like brainyhistory.com ... for one thing, I can remember the website & the list(s) display on one page - with links for events, births & deaths readily available. Content, of course, mirrors information found on the other websites. The link to deaths on Sharla's day is http://brainyhistory.com/daysdeath/death_may_9.html ... incidentally Paul Gaugin, French artist & contemporary of Van Gogh, Picasso, etc. died on May 9th. As did William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts (1657).

Kelly

 

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Sharla, Richard E. Byrd is crazy cool, but I haven't ever seen any H/F about him. It's a shame, too, because the stories of all these Arctic/Antartic explorers would make for some fabulous fiction. I don't know why authors haven't jumped on these stories! Since this challenge deals so with real events and people, I wonder if we shouldn't open it up a bit and allow non-fiction history books to count??? Do we already have a category where non-fiction is allowed? If not, maybe it would be good for us to have the option of one N/F book. This is just a suggestion, of course!

Richard E.Byrd's book, "Alone" is fabulous. It details the time he spent living completely alone for 4 months in Antartica. Can you imagine how frieghtening that was? In his time with no hopes of a modern rescue? It's seriously a good book!

Ann Chamberlin has a series about Joan of Arc, but I haven't read them.

I've been wanting to read this book about Columbus: It sounds like it deals more with Columbus the man, instead of focusing totally on his explorations, and it also sounds like you get a lot of background information about the times he lived through and the events happenning at that time. I don't know why I haven't requested a copy yet. Myabe because of the 489,351 books already in my TBR pile....

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Author: Newton Frohlich
ISBN-13: 9780843931969 - ISBN-10: 0843931965

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I'm good with using non-fiction for this category or using one non-fiction for any category.  One of the books I"m considering is The Awful End of Prince WIlliam the Silent: The First Assassination of a Head of State Using a Handgun by Lisa Jardin.  I love the cover art.  Maybe that could be a category for next year... "Books with Bullet Holes on the Cover" wink

The Awful End of Prince William the Silent : The First Assassination of a Head of State with a Handgun (Making History)
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