8 April 2006
The Wikipedia birthday meme
As swiped from Phoebe Gleeson:
1. Type in your birthday (minus the year) in the search bar at Wikipedia.org
2. List three interesting facts, two births, and one death that happened on your birthday.
"Interesting," of course, is in the eye of the beholder, but here goes:
1491 - The siege of Granada, last Moorish stronghold in Spain, begins.
1863 - American Civil War: At Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant break the Siege of Chattanooga by routing Confederate troops under General Braxton Bragg.
1950 - The "Storm of the Century", a violent snowstorm, paralyzes the northeastern United States and the Appalachians, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West Virginia records 57 inches of snow. 323 people die due to the storm.
Born 1920 - Noel Neill, American actress
Born 1944 - Ben Stein, American actor, game show host, and political consultant
Died 1920 - Gaston Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1892)
Now let's try it for the 9th of April, the birthday, as it were, of this Web site:
1413 - Henry V is crowned King of England.
1865 - American Civil War: Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia (26,765 troops) to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, effectively ending the war.
1959 - NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts which the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven".
Born 1926 - Hugh Hefner, American editor and publisher
Born 1928 - Tom Lehrer, American musician and mathematician
Died 1997 - Laura Nyro, American singer and songwriter (b. 1947)
Feel free to expropriate.Posted at 5:10 AM to Screaming Memes