Saturday, 29 January 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Date You Were Born

Randy Seaver's challenge for this week is:

1) What day of the week were you born? Tell us how you found out.

I was born on a Wednesday. I've known this for as long as I can remember, but I checked it using Legacy's Date Calculator.

2) What has happened in recorded history on your birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

My birth date is June 10th. To find what happened this day I googled "on this day" and found the following

From the BBC's website On This Day

1967 - Israel ends six-day war

From On This

1190 - Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa drowned in the Saleph River while leading an army of the Third Crusade to free Jerusalem.

1943 - Laszlo Biro patented his ballpoint pen.

From Scope Systems' Any Day in History 

1610 - first Dutch settlers arrive to colonise Manhattan Island.

1752 - Benjamin Franklin's kite is struck by lightening.

3)  What famous people have been born on your birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

The scopesys and on-this-day websites also had birthday lists.

I already knew

1921 Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh


1910 Howlin' Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett)

but had forgotten

1922 Judy Garland

and didn't know

1889 Hattie McDaniel (Mammy in "Gone With The Wind")

1923 Earl Hamner Jr (the narrator from The Waltons)


  1. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  2. Just found your blog through the new blog listings on Geneabloggers.

    I *love* the title of your descriptive of the way it often happens...

    Happy blogging...hope you find some couins out here.