Swiped from Nearest Distant Shore
Go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday. Don't include the year. Record three events, three births and three deaths that happened on the day you were born.
And here I thought nothing ever happened on my birthday.
1851 - Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick is published in the U.S. by Harper & Brothers, New York
1922 - The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) begins radio service in the United Kingdom.
1978 - Jonestown Massacre: 913 people commit suicide by drinking a cyanide laced punch.
1840 - Claude Monet, French painter (d. 1926)
1891 - Frederick Banting, Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1941) - for inventing insulin - how fucking cool/weird/oooh, twilight zone is that??!
And I was going to put P.J. O'Rourke, or maybe Prince Charles, but then I saw this:
1966 - Curt Schilling, baseball player. Baseball player. So nonchalant is Wikipedia. It's Curt SCHILLING! The mighty Schill! The bloody sock, the pinned-together ankle, a member of the 2004 World Champion (god, that still feels fantastic to say) Red Sox. And we share a birthday - even down to the year. How did I not know this before today??
1687 - Nell Gwynne, English mistress of Charles II of England (b. 1650)
1915 - Booker T. Washington, American inventor, educator, and author (b. 1856)
1997 - Eddie Arcaro, American jockey (b. 1916)