8/27/09

Birthdays

Today Juliette came to the conclusion that there are not enough days in the year for everyone to have their own birthday. So we went through and looked at who was born and who died on her birthday. The deaths, to me, are most memorable because we sat--Keven more comfortably, me in intense labor pain--watching the news come in about the plane crash that took the life of Paul Wellstone (D-MN). It was a blatant, rather humbling example of how one life comes in as another goes out.

But what I hadn't realized was that on that same day in 2002, mathematician René Thom, who won the Fields Medal and developed the Catastrophe Theory of the singularity, and legendary film actor Richard Harris (who was quite the looker) also died. Weird enough, three years earlier in 1999, another plane crash on October 25 took the life of golfer Payne Stewart. And two years later in 2004, a heart attack took the life of one of Keven's idols, legendary British DJ John Peel.

As for the births, she's joined on October 25 by Georges Bizet, Pablo Picasso, Minnie Pearl, Bobby Knight, James Carville, Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), actor Adam Goldberg, and singers Ciara and Katy Perry. As for events, she's got the Battle of Agincourt, the Charge of the Light Brigade, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Cuban Missle Crisis, the invasion of Grenada, and even the October Revolution in Russia!

I wonder if all the military stuff happened because it was the last opportunity for a major Northern Hemisphere engagement before winter set in. Hmmm. My birthday sucks by comparison. I only get blockbuster summer releases when May 22 happens to fall on a Friday. Well, let me check. Maybe awesome stuff and famous people are evenly scattered through the year.

Events on May 22: indictment of Aaron Burr for treason (not as noteworthy as when he shot Alexander Hamilton), departure of the HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin on board (not as groundbreaking as publishing On the Origin of Species), initial trips on the Oregon Trail in 1843, start of the first modern Olympiad in 1906, the Wright Brother's patent their airplane (not as awesome as the first flight), the signing of the Truman Doctrine (thanks!), Johnny Caron's last time on "The Tonight Show," and the discovery of Chandra Levy's remains. I have lame and depressing stuff! Just about the only good thing that's happened on May 22 was that Annika Sörenstam played on the men's PGA circuit in 2003, but she wasn't even the first woman to do so (Babe Zaharias).

Births: Richard Wagner, Mary Cassatt, Arthur Conan Doyle, Laurence Olivier, Harvey Milk, Georgie Best, Dale Winton, Naomi Campbell, and Apolo Anton Ohno. Deaths: Victor Hugo and lots of other people I don't know. Maybe not all days are created equally noteworthy...

What do you have? Use Wiki to look up your birthday and share your cosmic awesomeness or lack thereof.

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