Here's what you do: Go to www.wikipedia.org and type in your birthday without the year. Choose 3 events, 3 births, and 3 deaths and post.
My birthday is February 27.
- 1812 - Poet Lord Byron gives his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire. (science, technology, society, politics, and poetry...who could ask for more?)
- 1990 - Exxon Valdez oil spill: Exxon and its shipping company are indicted on five criminal counts. (a sad chapter in US environmental history)
- 1991 - Gulf War: U.S. President George H. W. Bush announces that "Kuwait is liberated." (I picked this one because I actually remember it occuring on my birthday.)
- 272 - Constantine I, Roman emperor (For better or for worse, Western Civilization was irrevocably changed when he legalized Christianity).
- 1807 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (d. 1882) (I learned about Longfellow's birthday as a child when I got an anthology containing an excerpt of the Song of Hiawatha.)
- 1897 - Marian Anderson, American contralto (I've always been amazed that she had such a successful career during a period when the US was deeply mired in racist problems.)
- 1887 - Alexander Borodin, Russian composer (b. 1833) (chemist and composer,
- 1936 - Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine1849) (If you follow the link, it appears that his famous dog is on display in a museum. Poor dog.)
- 1989 - Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicin e1903) (He did interesting work and had interesting politics.)
International Polar Bear Day (How cool is that? Celebrate it while you still can!)