Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday Memory: Birthday

Nope, I don't remember this one. That's me, home from the hospital, 43 years ago tomorrow. My grandmother, Gladys, is holding me, thrilled, no doubt, with a granddaughter at last. Next to me are three of my four big brothers: Stephen (2), Peter (nearly 9), and James (15 1/2). Missing is John (12 1/2). We lived in Carbondale, Illinois, which I also don't remember.

In celebration of my birthday, I decided to do every birthday meme I could find out there.

Here's the first:
1) Go to Wikipedia
2) In the search box, type your birth month and day but not the year.
3) List three events that happened on your birthday
4) List two important birthdays and one death
5) One holiday or observance (if any)

1600 - Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori in Rome, charged of heresy.
1801 - An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.

1864 - Banjo Paterson, Australian poet (d. 1941)
1963 - Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian

Death: 1673 - Molière, French playwright (b. 1622)
1958 - Pope Pius XII declares Saint Clare of Assisi (1193~1253) the patron saint of television.

Holiday: Roman Empire - Quirinalia in honor of Quirinus.

Wasn't that exciting? And now for the second birthday meme…
Except, I can't find another one. What's up with that? Someone needs to come up with a new birthday meme.…
Perhaps I shall make that my project tomorrow, since we don't do school around here on birthdays!


  1. Happy Birthday!! I had no idea there was a patron saint of television.

  2. Happy Birthday and all the best to you!

  3. Happy Birthday! We lived in Harrisburg, IL for 3 years and I gave birth to Daniel in Carbondale. Hope you have a great day tomorrow.



    # 1859 - Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species.

    (This was a sad one, a rather bad theory [actually myth], is hoisted upon the world, and we still are suffering under Darwin's fight with God.

    # 1863 - American Civil War: Battle of Lookout Mountain - Near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant capture Lookout Mountain and begin to break the Confederate siege of the city led by General Braxton Bragg.

    Another Sad event. The War of Northern Aggression enters my dear state.

    1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald is fatally shot by Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters.

    And there was NO conspiracy???

    The shooting was broadcast live on television.

    1888 - Dale Carnegie, American writer (d. 1955)1925 - William F. Buckley Jr., American writer

    DEATH (one of my favorite baseball pitchers)
    (d. 2008)2003 - Warren Spahn, Major League Baseball player (b. 1921)

    Evolution Day (celebrating the myth of evolution)

  5. Happy Birthday (a bit late)!

  6. Happy Birthday.
    Did you also know that The House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, choosing Jefferson to be president on Feb 17, 1801?
    Hope your birthday was a good one with lots of love and cake.


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