Thursday, September 4, 2008

My Birthday - a meme

Unlike Alan Creech, I actually enjoy the word meme, and am determined to use it in conversation now that he has recalled my attention to it.

Alan posted this meme on his blog with an open invitation for anyone who wanted to take part, so I am partaking in the fun, and encourage you to do the same.

Here is what you do...

1) Go to Wikipedia

2) In the search box, type your birth month and day but not the year.

3) List three events that happened on your birthday

4) List two important birthdays and one death

5) One holiday or observance (if any)

Here are my answers for December 5.


1484 - Pope Innocent VIII issues the Summis desiderantes, a papal bull that deputizes Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger as inquisitors to root out alleged witchcraft in Germany and leads to one of the severest witch hunts in European history.

1932 - German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.

1933 - Prohibition in the United States ends: Utah becomes the 36th U.S. state to ratify the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, thus establishing the required 75% of states needed to enact the amendment (this overturned the 18th Amendment which had outlawed alcohol in the United States).


1839 - George Armstrong Custer, American general (d. 1876)

1901 - Walt Disney, American animated film producer (d. 1966)


1870 - Alexandre Dumas, père, French writer (b. 1802)

(he wrote The Count of Monte Cristo, published 1894... awesome book)


Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands and the UK - Saint Nicholas Eve (whom Dutch speakers call Sinterklaas, which became in other languages Santa Claus)

Executive Summary

So... based on the items I've picked, here is the executive summary of December 5 (according to Wikipedia and (liberally) edited by me)

  • Witches, bad. Booze, good.
  • Mr Einstein, welcome to the United States.
  • Happy birthday General Custer & Walt Disney
  • Farewell to Alexander Dum(b)as(s) - Thank you Shawshank Redemption.
  • Happy Christmas!

What does the W reveal about your birthday? Post links to your posts about this in the comments!

(once again, ht to Alan Creech)

1 comment:

Sarah said...

This is very neat : )