Wednesday, April 12, 2006

It's a steal

Because I nicked this from Kris, who nicked it from Em, and I like talking about myself.

Go to Wikipedia and type in the day and month of your birthday (but not the year you were born). Then post: three of the events that happened on this day, two births, and one death. Here goes for me:


45 BC - In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda (what's Munda?)

1931 - Nevada legalizes gambling (so what exactly was the point of Vegas before that?).

2003 - British Cabinet Minister, Robin Cook, resigns over government plans for war with Iraq (I have it clear in my memory that this was the day we officially declared war on Iraq. I remember, because it was my 21st birthday, we drove up to the Lake District which is about six or seven hours away, and spent the whole journey and the following five days listening to the most boring and repetitive news reports nonstop. Once we'd heard the news, they had nothing else to say on the matter. But they kept talking about it for a week anyway. Great birthday).


1919 - Nat King Cole, American singer (d. 1965)

1973 - Caroline Corr, Irish singer and musician (I knew this, because I was a big Corrs fan back before they sold out, and went to see them at the Royal Albert Hall on my 16th birthday. Wasn't sure if it would be very cool to play a gig like that on your birthday, or just a drag).


493 - Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland (was wondering when he'd be mentioned).

Apart from that, a whole load of people I'd never heard of. Oh, apparently ol' Titus Labienus was killed in that battle, because his death was recorded then. Although how, I'm not sure, because the Gregorian calender apparently wasn't adopted throughout Europe until the sixteenth and in some cases eighteenth century (or twentieth, in Russia). So quite how anyone managed, or even bothered, to convert poor Titus's death date remains a mystery to me. Or would, if I actually gave a damn.

Rather dispiritingly, Wikipedia has no page for the actual date and year of my birth.


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