Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Date You Were Born

Following Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings, here's this week's SNGF!

It's Saturday Night - time for more Genealogy Fun!

Youir mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

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 (day and month)? 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.

4)  Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

Here's mine:

1) My birthdate is 05 Aug 1966.  It was a Friday, according to this website and also sounds right from other times I've looked it up in the past.

2) 1861 - US levies its 1st Income Tax (3% of incomes over $800)
    1884 - Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (NYC)
    1914 - 1st traffic light installed (Euclid Ave & E 105th St, Cleveland)
    1936 - At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal
    1945 - Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Aug 6th in Japan)
    1957 - "American Bandstand," begins network TV (ABC)
    1966 - 33rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0 (72,000)
    1966 - Beatle John Lennon says Beatles are more popular than Jesus
    1966 - Beatles' "Revolver" album is released
    1966 - Jose Torres beats Eddie Cotton to retain light-HW boxing title
    1966 - Martin Luther King Jr stoned during Chicago march
    1966 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
    1966 - Beatles release "Revolver" album in US
    1966 - Beatles release "Yellow Submarine" & "Eleanor Rigby" in UK
    1966 - Port Authority of New York and New Jersey break ground on the World Trade Center

More than 5, yes.  I found most of the list here.   I'm not sure if August 5th is a violent day, or if battles just tend to get more reporting, but it seems there were a great many more battles and violent acts on this day than peaceful ones.  It also seems the Beatles were busy on the day of my birth.

3) Maureen Denise McCormick (born August 5, 1956) is an American actress, celebrity and recording artist. She is most widely known as a child actor who played Marcia Brady in the television series The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974.  I share a birthday with Marcia Brady!

John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter and actor. He wrote most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered "classics": The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Key Largo (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), The Misfits (1961), and The Man Who Would Be King (1975). During his 46-year career, Huston received 15 Oscar nominations, winning twice, and directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston to Oscar wins in different films.

Neil Alden Armstrong (born August 5, 1930) is an American aviator and a former astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor, and United States Naval Aviator. He was the first person to set foot on the Moon.

John Saxon (born August 5, 1936)[1] is an American actor who has worked on over 200 projects during the span of sixty years. Saxon is most known for his work in horror films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Black Christmas, both of which feature Saxon as a policeman in search of the killer. He is also known for his role as Roper in the 1973 film Enter the Dragon, in which he starred with Bruce Lee and Jim Kelly.

Natalie Trundy (born August 5, 1940 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actress, and the widow of movie producer Arthur P. Jacobs.
She made a sizeable contribution to the Planet of the Apes movie series (produced by her husband) during the 1970s. She appeared as the telepathic mutant Albina in the first sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, as Dr. Stephanie ("Stevie") Branton in Escape from the Planet of the Apes, and as the chimpanzee Lisa, the mate (later wife) of Caesar, in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes.

All of these were found via this site but the blurbs above were taken from the Wikipedia articles on each person.  The links to the Wikipedia articles were located using the Hubpages website.

I am most impressed by the date match with Neil Armstrong, as my childhood dream was to be an astronaut, and Neil Armstrong was one of my heroes.  I am also somewhat tickled by the last, Natalie Trundy, as I was a fan of the original Planet of the Apes movies.

I would like to thank Randy Seaver for once again providing an entertaining activity for Saturday evening!  You should check out his blog,  Genea-Musings, if you're not already following him.