April 7th, 2006

Saffron Cake

Birth Date Meme

It's everywhere by now, but I gacked this particular version from npkedit:

Go to Wikipedia and look up your birthday (excluding the year). List three neat facts, two births and two deaths in your journal, including the year.

March 23

Neat Facts:

1801 - Tsar Paul I of Russia is struck with a sword, then strangled, and finally trampled to death in his bedroom at St. Michael Palace.
1839 - First recorded use of "OK" as an abbreviation for "oll korrect" in the Boston Morning Post.
1989 - A 1,000-foot diameter Near-Earth asteroid misses the Earth by 400,000 miles.

Births:
1429 - Margaret of Anjou, queen of Henry VI of England (d. 1482)
1912 - Wernher von Braun, German-born physicist and engineer (d. 1977)

Deaths:
1754 - Johann Jakob Wettstein, Swiss theologian (b. 1693)
1964 - Peter Lorre, Hungarian-born actor (b. 1904)

Considering that I know about eight people who share my birthday (one of them my sister-in-law, another the son of my next-door neighbour), the results of this meme were surprisingly... not that interesting. Though I do feel sorry for Tsar Paul, because ouch.