Saturday, April 28, 2007

Memes - What Happened on my Birthday

I have seen a few of these MEMEs around, so I thought I would do one. Besides it helps to keep me awake at this early hour of the morning.

1. Go to Wikipedia and type in your birthdate, no year.
Mine is May 5 (Next Saturday)

2. List 5 or more important and interesting events.
553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins.
(Was that the Gregorian or the Julian calendar?)
1260 - Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
(Again - how accurate is this date?)
1862 - Cinco de Mayo in Mexico: Troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla.
1877 - Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
1891 - The Music Hall in New York (now known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
1916 - American marines invade the Dominican Republic.
1925 - Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes is served an arrest warrant for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1936 - Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1941 - Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (This date has been since commemorated as Liberation Day)
1961 - Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.

3. List at least 5 births.
1818 - Karl Marx, German political philosopher (d. 1883)
1826 - Empress Eugenie of France, wife of Napoleon III (d. 1920)
1926 - Ann B. Davis, American actress (from the Brady Bunch)
1942 - Marc Alaimo, American actor (Gul Dukat - on Star Trek Deep Space Nine)
1942 - Tammy Wynette, American musician (d. 1998) Did she stand by her man?
1943 - Michael Palin, British writer, actor, and comedian - AND TRAVELLER

4. List 3 or more Deaths.
1028 - King Alfonso V of Castile, León, and Galicia
1192 - Duke Ottokar IV of Styria (b. 1163)
1194 - King Casimir II of Poland (b. 1138)
1219 - King Leo II of Armenia (b. 1150)
1309 - King Charles II of Naples
1525 - Frederick III of Saxony (b. 1463)
1821 - Napoleon I of France (b. 1769)

5. List 3 Holidays or Observances.
Cinco de Mayo in Mexico (of course)
Albania: Martyrs' Day.
Denmark: Liberation Day (1945).
Ethiopia: Liberation Day (1941).
Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan (2006): Buddha's Birthday.

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