May 242007
 

As challenged by Mr. Ylitalo, here’s my take on the oddly topical birthday meme…

Search for your birthday in wikipedia, and pick three events, births and deaths that occurred on that day, and do note whether the day is a holiday anywhere in the world. The challenge two of your buddies to do the very same thing.

23.5.

Events
1618 – The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitates the Thirty Years’ War.
1934 – American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana.
2003 – The euro exceeds its initial trading value as it hits $1.18 for the first time since its introduction in 1999.

Births
1707 – Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist (d. 1778).
1934 – Robert Moog, American inventor (d. 2005).
1972 – Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian formula 1 driver.

Deaths
1701 – Captain Kidd, Scottish pirate (b. 1645).
1945 – Heinrich Himmler, Nazi official (b. 1900).
1992 – Giovanni Falcone, Italian judge (b. 1939).

Holidays
There’s a grand total of three things observed: Declaration of the Báb for the Bahá’í Faith, the World Turtle Day and Day of Disunity for the Discordians.

Four liturgical feast days occur: Saint Desiderius, Saint Euphrosyne of Polotsk, Hegumena of the Monastery of the Holy Saviour (1173), Saint Guibert of Gemblours and Saint Montana.

Challenges
Well, let’s let mr. Srpnt and Mane enlighten us what happens on their birthday (apart from eating way too much cake).

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