Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Date You Were Born

It's Saturday Night - time for more Genealogy Fun!

Youir mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

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.

3)  What famous people have been born on your birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

4)  Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

Here are mine, without the "Tell us how" bit...

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

3)  The famous birthdays:

  • 1959 'Weird' Al Yankovic (singer, comedian)

  • 1942 Michael (John) Crichton (writer)

  • 1940 Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) (Brazil's soccer star)

  • 1925 Johnny Carson (comedian, TV Host)

  • 1835 Adlai Ewing Stevenson (23rd Vice President)

  • Hint:  For the day of the week you were born, check here.

    Hint:  For the events on that day, check here.

    Hint: For the Famous birthdays, check here.


    Dorene from Ohio said...

    Thanks for the challenge! Here's what I learned:

    I was born on a Sunday, September 9

    To find out the day of the week I was born, I found a calendar generator at:
    These events took place on September 9th:

    • California was admitted to the Union, 1850 (31st)
    • Esther Cleveland, was the first child born in the White House, 1893
    • Mounted police were used for the first time in New York City, 1904
    • Singer Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show," 1956
    • A prison riot occurred at Attica State Correctional Facility, in Attica, New York in 1971.

    I learned about them at:


    These people were born on Sept. 9:
    • Colonel Sanders
    • Otis Redding
    • Joan Kennedy
    • Hugh Grant
    • Jimmy the Greek

    I discovered this information at:

    RAH said...

    Thanks Randy - another fun challenge. I've posted mine at

    Julie said...

    Monday April 15th
    I knew the day of the week.
    Born on April 15th:
    Leonardo da Vinci
    Emma Watson
    Catherine I, Empress of Russia
    Emma Thompson
    Elizabeth Montgomery

    Events on April 15th
    1988-Meteorite exploded over Indonesia
    1983 Tokyo Disneyland Opened
    1959 Fidel Castro began US goodwill tour
    1945 British and Canadian troops liberate Nazi camp of Bergen-Belsen
    1931 1st walk across America backwards began

    Will Haskell said...

    Thanks Randy! Here is my first SNGF post.

    Caro said...

    Thank you for another very interesting Saturday night challenge. What do I have in common with Richard the Lionheart, Anne Frank, George W Bush and the American dollar? Find out here:

    JenS said...

    Thanks Randy! My post is at

    Sara Greenleaf said...

    Thanks Randy! Here's mine: - found using a single source.

    Mavis said...

    Mine's posted at Conversations with my Ancestors

    kinfolknews said...

    I posted mine at