Birthday meme

08 April 2006

Go to Wikipedia and look up your birth day (excluding the year). List three neat facts/events, two births and one death in your journal, including the year.

1814 - Napoleon abdicates. He is then exiled to Elba.
1895 - Oscar Wilde is arrested [for gross indecency] after losing a libel case against John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry.
1974 - In Brighton, United Kingdom, ABBA wins the nineteenth Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden singing "Waterloo."

1671 - Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French poet (d. 1741)
1929 - André Previn, German-born composer and conductor

1992 - Isaac Asimov, Russian-born author (b. 1920)

Additional fact
The start of the tax year in the United Kingdom (arising from the 11 day correction to March 25 at the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1752). (Unfortunately there are 12 days between March 25 and April 6, so where did the extra day come from? - Ed)

(Hat tip: Geoff Arnold)

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