Saturday, January 29, 2011

SNGF: The Day I Was Born

Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun this week is to conduct some research on one's own birthdate.
1) What day of the week were you born? Tell us how you found out.
2) What has happened in recorded history on your birth date? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.
3)What famous people have been born on your birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.
1) Using one of my favorite perpetual calendars/calendar converters at Calendarhome, I confirmed I was born on a Tuesday. The date is January 21st on the Gregorian Calendar, and the 2nd of Sh'vat on the Hebrew calendar. 

2 and 3) Using Wikipedia, I looked up January 21 

Five events on my birthdate

1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.

1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.

1948 – The Flag of Quebec is adopted and flown for the first time over the National Assembly of Quebec. The day is marked annually as Quebec Flag Day.

1985 – The inauguration of President Ronald Reagan to a second term, already postponed a day because January 20 fell on a Sunday, becomes the second inauguration in history moved indoors because of freezing temperatures and high winds. The parade is cancelled altogether.

2008 – Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 11 September 2001, and Asian stocks drop as much as 14%.

Five famous people born on my birth day

1338 – King Charles V of France (d. 1380)

1824 – Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, American, Confederate army general (d. 1863)

1905 – Christian Dior, French fashion designer (d. 1957)

1924 – Benny Hill, English actor, comedian, and singer (d. 1992)

1969 – Tsubaki Nekoi, Japanese manga artist (shares my year as well.)

Also using Wikipedia I was able to look up Shevat in Jewish History

On the Second of Shevat

76 BCE - Hashmonean King Alexander-Yannai (Jannaeus), a Sadducee and an enemy of the Pharisees, died on this date. Known as a ruthless leader, he persecuted the Pharisees and those loyal to them (approximately 50,000 were killed in the years 82-76 BCE). As a result, the day of his death was declared a holiday in Talmudic times.

1800 -The yahrtzeit (anniversary of the death) of Chassidic Rabbi Meshulam Zusha of Anipoli (1718?-1800). He was a disciple of the 2nd leader of the Chassidic movement, Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezeritch- The Great Maggid of Mezeritch.


Anonymous said...

I was born on a Friday at 10:10 am as continually reported by my mother as I was growing up. Pride and Prejudice was first published and the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on my birth date. I accept no culpability for either. Maggie Warner and I share exact birthdate. Alan Alda was shares the date, though a few years earlier.
Less fortunately, Charlemagne and W.B. Yeats died on my birtdate.

John said...

On my exact birthdate, the news headlines announced Nixon's first day in office, and Stan Musial's induction into the Hall of Fame. (Roy Campanella, too, but local papers focused on Musial.)