Saturday, December 20, 2008

Saturday Night Fun - history edition

For Saturday Night Fun this weekend, please find answers to these questions:

1) What day of the week were you born? Tell us how you found out.

2) What has happened in recorded history on your birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

Here are mine, without the "Tell us how" bit (because I told you how earlier in the week - did you get the memo?).

1) 23 October 1943 was a Saturday.

2) Historic events that happened on 23 October:

* On 10/23/1086 - Battle of Zalaka: Alfonso VI vs Almoravids

* On 10/23/1642 - Battle at Edgeville (Warwick): King Charles I vs English parliament

* On 10/23/1775 - Continental Congress approves resolution barring blacks from army

* On 10/23/1824 - 1st steam locomotive is introduced

* On 10/23/1910 - Blanche Scott became 1st woman solo a public airplane flight

4 comments:

TamuraJones said...

1. Tuesday. I once calculated backwards, moving back one weekday for each year, two for leap years.
2. Lots of things, Wikipedia has a long list for each date.

Days of the Year

Abba-Dad said...

I put up a post: http://dream-of-genea.blogspot.com/2008/12/saturday-night-fun.html

1. Thursday.
2. End of Civil War (or War of Northern Aggression, whichever one people prefer better) is the feather in my bonnet.

Eileen said...

1) What day of the week were you born? Tell us how you found out.
I was born on a Wednesday. I was told this by my mother when I was very young. Confirmed it today on www.calendarhome.com

2) What has happened in recorded history on your birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.
Found on www.Wikipedia.com; also via www.calendarhome.com.
1. 250 - Emperor Decius begins a widespread persecution of Christians in Rome. Pope Fabian was martyred. Afterwards the Donatist controversy over readmitting lapsed Christians disaffects many in North Africa.
2. 1783 - The Kingdom of Great Britain signs a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the Revolutionary War.
3. 1892 - At the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, the first official basketball game is played.
4. 1937 - Franklin Roosevelt is inaugurated for a second term as President of the United States. This is the first inauguration scheduled on January 20, following adoption of the 20th Amendment. Previous inaugurations were scheduled on March 4.
5. 1987 - Church of England envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon.

Cindy said...

Yup, got the memo - found answers for both at ProGenealogists.com
1. What day of the week were you born? Monday
2. What has happened in history on your birth date (day and month)?
03/11/1702 - 1st English daily newspaper "Daily Courant," publishes
03/11/1823 - 1st normal school in US opens, Concord Academy, Concord, Vt
03/11/1892 - 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Mass)
03/11/1942 - 1st deportation train leaves Paris for Auschewitz Concentration Camp
03/11/1974 - Mount Etna in Sicily erupted