Wikipedia Meme

  By Shamus   Apr 14, 2006   11 comments

Random surfing led me to Tim Worstall, who had this idea:

Go to Wikipedia and look up your birth day (excluding the year). List three neat facts, two births and one death in your blog, including the year.

I won’t limit myself to the numbers above. Let’s just see what’s interesting about August 24:

Facts:

79 AD: Mount Vesuvius erupts.
1456: The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.
1853: Potato chips are first prepared.
1891: Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.
1944: World War II: French and Allied troops start the attack on Paris.
1968: France explodes its first hydrogen bomb, thus becoming the world’s fifth nuclear power.

Births:

1817: Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
1929: Yasser Arafat
1973: David Chappelle

Deaths:

1042: Michael V, Byzantine Emperor

11Just 11 comments.


  1. Eric says:

    i checked my birthday, and guess what? BARBRA WALTERS WAS BORN ON MY BIRTHDAY!!!? WHAT THE HELL!? IS THERE NO JUSTICE!?

  2. MOM says:

    I don’t even have to look it up to know that the Queen of England and Rush Limbaugh’s mother share my birth date. Guess what radio show I learned that from
    Mom

  3. Shamus says:

    Guess what radio show I learned that from

    Ummmm…. The O’Franken Factor?

    :-)

  4. MOM says:

    It is a new day. I woke up with a better memory. Margaret Thatcher ( not Queen Elizabeth) was born on the same day as Rush Limbaugh’s mother. Maybe even the same year. Rush will confirm that later this year as he ALWAYS wishes HIS mother a happy birthday on the air (and mentions his hero, M Thatcher). The point here is, of course, that I notice you rarely remember the birthday of YOUR mother. And just to set the record very straight, YOUR mother is MUCH younger than Margaret Thatcher but, she won’t live forever so you don’t have that many more years to get THAT straight! I’ll be watching for my big HB on Twenty sided (with or without a nod to Rush’s mom and the former occupant of 10 Downing Street)

    A Libra

  5. Wikipedia Meme…

    A new Wikipedia meme: Go to Wikipedia, look up your birth day (excluding the year) and list out interesting facts, births, and deaths….

  6. retinaburn says:

    September 19th, 1978

    Facts:
    1900 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid commit their first robbery together.
    1957 – First U.S. underground nuclear bomb test.
    1982 – Scott Fahlman posts the first recorded instance of the emoticon :-) to an online bulletin board.
    2003 – Musician Elliott Smith plays his final concert at Redfest in Salt Lake City, Utah, only weeks before his suicide. (I had to include this one even though its the 4th)

    Births:
    1551 – King Henry III of France (d. 1589)
    1980 – Tegan and Sara Quin, Canadian singer/songwriters
    Hermione Granger’s birthday, from J.K. Rowling’s series Harry Potter.

    Deaths:
    1942 – Condé Nast, American publisher (b. 1873)

  7. retinaburn says:

    Frankly there is no excuse for anybody to forget birthdays anymore. In this day and age you can store them in your email, or calendar.google.com, or a ton of other websites that will send you email to remind you. Personally I use rainlendar as my desktop calendar.

    Frankly I would consider taking him out of this world, it is your right ;)

    p.s. I wish my mom was a technological to post on my blog, but if she read it I would have to leave stories out like getting kicked out of bars :)

  8. […] I pretty much stole this from Shamus Young, who in turn got the idea from Tom Worstall. […]

  9. Sydney says:

    December 26

    Events:

    1620 – Pilgrim Fathers land at what becomes New Plymouth in Massachusetts.
    1848 – The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is founded at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
    1996 – Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado.

    May I note how creepy it is that we even celebrate “six-year-old beauty queens”.

    Births:

    1893 – Mao Zedong, Chinese military leader and politician (d. 1976)

    Deaths:

    268 – Pope Dionysius
    418 – Pope Zosimus

  10. Siolfor says:

    April 2:

    Events:

    68 – Galba, governor of Hispania, names himself legatus senatus populique Romani, breaking the line of Roman emperors begun with Julius Caesar and Augustus.
    1513 – Juan Ponce de Leon sets foot on Florida becoming the first European known to do so.
    1865 – American Civil War: The Siege of Petersburg is broken – Union troops capture the trenches around Petersburg, Virginia, forcing Confederate General Robert E. Lee to retreat.
    1865 – American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
    1917 – World War I: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
    1917 – The first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, Jeannette Rankin, takes her seat as a representative from Montana.

    Births:

    742 – Charlemagne (d. 814)
    1743 – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States (Old style date) (d. 1826)

    Deaths:
    1872 – Samuel F. B. Morse, American painter and inventor of the telegraph (b. 1791)
    1882 – Jesse James, American outlaw, shot in the back of the head by Robert Ford (b. 1847)
    2005 – Pope John Paul II (b. 1920)

    I remember that last one. Coming down the stairs for breakfast..
    “Oh hey, happy birthday. By the way, the Pope is dead.”
    “…”

  11. Voln Gharst says:

    Some say the television is evil and meant to brainwash the population.’

    Motion Picture: Patented on August 24 (First Day of Virgo)

    1
    __ = 1.50150150 (Virgo lies on the 150th Parallel)

    0.666

    First RFID ‘Mark of Beast’ test implantation occured August 24, 1998. (First Day of Virgo)

    ‘Leiscerbette’ on http://www.createspace.com.
    Coming Soon!!

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