Thursday, April 19, 2007

Wikipedia meme

As seen at A Fraternity of Dreamers and Breaking the Fourth Wall, among others, I'm tagging myself.

The Rules:
1. Go to Wikipedia and type in your birthdate, no year.
2. List 3 important events, 2 births, 1 death and 1 Holiday or Observance.
3. (optional) Tag 5 more people.

OCTOBER 31

EVENTS
1517 - Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
1892 - Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
1984 - Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two Sikh security guards (riots soon broke out in New Delhi and innocent Sikhs were killed).

BIRTHS
1795 - John Keats, British poet (d. 1821)
1887 - Chiang Kai-shek, Nationalist Chinese leader, former Republic of China president (d. 1975)

DEATH
1993 - River Phoenix, American actor (drug overdose) (b. 1970)

HOLIDAY/OBSERVANCE
Halloween (of course!)

I'm not going to tag anyone specifically, but if you're in the mood consider yourself tagged.

6 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting game.

    But regarding the 1984 figure, the number of 2000 Sikhs killed is absurdly low. I was there. We had eight killed in one house alone, almost 9, but I survived.

    Please drop by one of my blogs and say hi.

    Mai

    http://mai-sometimes.blogspot.com/
    http://roadtokhalistan.blogspot.com/

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  2. As soon as I saw your birthday was on Halloween I said to myself 'Hmmm, the day River Phoenix died'. I remember it very clearly and I was very upset about it. Is it fun having a Halloween birthday, or is it a bummer? My sister has a Christmas birthday and she hates having to share the spotlight.

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  3. Mai,
    I'm so sorry to hear about all your family that was killed. Unfortunately my knowledge of India and its history is pretty limited. I just copied what it said at wikipedia but I'll remove the number. Thanks for stopping by though. :)

    Kookiejar,
    Well when I was a kid I got lots of witch or ghost jokes and teasing. But it's not too bad for a birthday . It's far enough from Christmas that I still got presents. When I was younger I just couldn't plan a party on the actual day if some big Halloween bash was going on. But now I'm not really a big 'must celebrate my birthday' type person so it doesn't matter much.

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  4. Ha ha - I have discovered I share a birthday with Karl Lagerfeld, Ryan Phillipe and Joe Perry from Aerosmith. I was hoping for Yeats, but you can't have everything.

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  5. The Traveller,
    Nope, you can't have everything. LOL! Apparently I also share a birthday with the Cheeky Girls!

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  6. Thank you, Tanabata. Every little bit of accuracy helps. And Wikipedia's accuracy depends, not on facts, but on who writes the article.

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