Monday, July 3, 2006

useless bits of time

A little something fun that has been making its way around the blogsphere. Play along & post your answers in the comments.

1. Go to Wikipedia.
2. In the Search box, type your birth month and day (but not year).
3. List three events that happened on your birthday.
4. List two important birthdays and one interesting death.
5. One holiday or observance (if any).

August 15th:


Holidays and observances


Alex said...

August 31:
1920 - Polish-Bolshevik War: A decisive Polish victory in the Battle of Komarów.

1939 - Nazi Germany mounts a staged attack on Gleiwitz radio station, giving them an excuse to attack Poland the following day, starting World War II in Europe.

1980 - The Solidarity trade union is formed in Poland.


1843 - Georg von Hertling, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1919)

1944 - Roger Dean, British contemporary artist and album cover designer


2005 - Joseph Rotblat, Polish-British physicist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1908)

Holidays and observances:

Trinidad and Tobago - Independence Day (from Great Britain, 1962)

Leezer said...

November 5th

Events: 1862 - American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln removes George McClellan as commander of the Union Army for the second and final time.

1940 - U.S. presidential election, 1940: Democrat incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Republican challenger Wendell Willkie and becomes the United States' only third-term president.

1998 - The journal Nature publishes a genetic study showing compelling evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered a son, Eston Hemings Jefferson, by his slave Sally Hemings.

1911 - Roy Rogers, American actor (d. 1998)
1973 - Johnny Damon, baseball player

Deaths:1758 - Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (b. 1686)

Holidays and Observances: United Kingdom and New Zealand - Guy Fawkes night (also called Bonfire night; or Fireworks night): Failure of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament in 1605 is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks.

utenzi said...

Our time together is fading, Pixie. Thanks for hosting me for a week. I loved it here!

Josh said...


• 218 BC - Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia - Hannibal's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic.

• 1352 - Innocent VI is elected Pope.

• 1966 - Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.


• 1964 - "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, American professional wrestler

• 1970 - DMX (Earl Simmons), American rapper and actor


• 1997 - Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (b. 1964)

Holiday or Observance

• Roman festivals - Feast of Epona (during Saturnalia)

Mr. Fabulous said...

You and Napoleon. Very cool!

Alan said...

Hi, Found your blog via and

June 25th:


1950 - The beginning of the Korean War.

1981 - Microsoft Inc. is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington.

1993 - Kim Campbell is chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and becomes the first female Prime Minister of Canada.


1974 - Karisma Kapoor, Indian actress (Love this girl. All time favorite actress anywhere!!!)

1925 - June Lockhart, American actress


1997 - Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French explorer, scientist, and inventor (b. 1910)


National Catfish Day

The MERKIN MAN said...

July 3:

1863 - U.S. Civil War: The final day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

1928 - First color television broadcast in London.

1985 - Back to the Future debuts in theaters all over the U.S.

1883 - Franz Kafka, Czech writer

1893 - Mississippi John Hurt, American musician

1962 - Tom Cruise, American actor

1969 - Brian Jones, English musician (The Rolling Stones)

1971 - Jim Morrison, American singer

Holidays / Observances:
Start of the Dog Days

Melissa said...

owww. my birthdays all boring.

Lynda said...

Wow, I didn't know Thomas Edison was a rock star.