Stolen from Dana, because I am too busy eating Mini Wheats to be original.

The Wikipedia Meme.

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.

Facts

1) 1184 BC – Trojan War: Troy was sacked and burned, according to the calculations of Eratosthenes.

2) 1770 – Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.

3) 1940 – World War II: Canada declares war on Italy.

Births

1) 1572 – Ben Jonson, English dramatist (d. 1637)

2) 1959 – Hugh Laurie, English actor and comedian (it was a toss up between him and Jackie Stewart, because Stewart wears amazing pants, but Laurie won because I enjoy the outlandish implausibility of House).

And might I just say, holy birth date of artsy people and football players, Batman!

Death

1) 1727 – King George I of Great Britain (b. 1668)

Please note that none of these events took place on the 12th of June. 🙂

2 Comments on Meme.

  1. So, that would be the 8th of June? 🙂 The actors list for my birthday is pretty wild.

    1. 1868 – French astronomer Pierre Jules CĂ©sar Janssen discovers helium.
    2. 1920 – 19th Amendment to US constitution passes, guaranteeing women’s suffrage.
    3. 1992 – Wang Laboratories files for bankruptcy.

    1. 1936 – Robert Redford, American actor and director
    2. 1957 – Denis Leary, American comedian and actor

    1. 1227 – Genghis Khan, Mongol leader

  2. I’ll play along as well:

    1. 1307 – All Knights Templar in France are simultaneously arrested by agents of Phillip the Fair, to be later tortured into “admitting” heresy.
    2. 1812 – War of 1812: Battle of Queenston Heights – As part of the Niagara campaign in Ontario, Canada, United States forces under General Stephen Van Rensselaer are repulsed from invading Canada by British and native troops led by Sir Isaac Brock.
    3. 1972 – Andes flight disaster: Fairchild passenger plane transporting a rugby team crashes in Andes. They are found alive December 20 but they have had to resort to cannibalism to survive, as chronicled in the 1993 film Alive: The Miracle of the Andes.

    1. 1925 – Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
    2. 1959 – Marie Osmond, American singer, actress, and television personality

    1. 54 – Claudius, Roman Emperor (b. 10 BC)

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