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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
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

OMG, we're never too old to learn new shi... stuff.

I never thought deeply about it, but just assumed that Chevrolet was a made-up name. Would never have bet on it being a guys name. Hi, I'm Johnny Chevrolet...

Also, had no idea that Laura Nyro had died. A real talented lady...

Posted by: Winston at 7:31 AM on 8 April 2006

The Chevrolet story is curious. Billy Durant, having risen to the top spot at Buick in 1904, set up General Motors in 1908 as a holding company. Eventually GM would acquire Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Oakland, Rapid and Elmore. The new GM went broke in short order, and bankers on the board ousted Durant; he returned to the business with Louis Chevrolet, a Buick engineer/racer, with a company bearing Louis' name. (Louis' brother Gaston was more successful as a racer, winning the 1920 Indianapolis 500; there was a third brother, Arthur.) Eventually Durant used the Chevrolet company as leverage to reacquire GM; again he was forced from the board, and he didn't return for a third try.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:45 AM on 8 April 2006