Saturday, July 13, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (SNGF) - The Date Your Father Was Born

Hey genea-folks, 
it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

What day of the week was your Father born? Tell us how you found out.

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

3)  What famous people have been born on your Father's 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's mine (without the "how you found out" parts):

1)  My father, Frederick Walton Seaver, was born  on 15 October 1911, in Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

That date was a Sunday.  

2)  These significant world events have occurred on 15 October throughout history:

*  1582  Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year is followed directly by October 15.

*  1815  Napoleon I of France begins his exile on Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.

*  1917  World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire.

*  1951 – The first episode of I Love Lucy, an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley, airs on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).

*  1956  Fortran, the first modern computer language, is shared with the coding community for the first time.

3)  These famous persons were born on my father's birth date:

*  1844  Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (died 1900)

*  1908 – John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American economist (died 2006)

*  1924 – Lee Iacocca, American businessman and author

*  1945 – Jim Palmer, American baseball player

Those are pretty mundane - no real heavy hitters here, and none listed for 1911 (his birth year).

4)  Done.  My own blog.  Twitter, Favebook, Google+.

Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver


Donna Gehring said...

1) What day of the week was your Father born? Tell us how you found out.
My father was born on 10 December 1929, the day was a Tuesday (Infoplease perpetual calendar).

2) What has happened in recorded history on your Father's birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events. (
1) December 10, 1901 First Nobel Prizes Awarded
2) December 10, 1915 1 millionth Ford car rolls off the assembly line at the River Rouge plant in Detroit.
3) A plane crash in Madison, Wisconsin, kills soul singer Otis Redding and members of the Bar-Kays bond on this day in 1967.
4) December 10, 1898 In France, the Treaty of Paris is signed, formally ending the Spanish-American War.
5) December 10, 1917 Red Cross awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

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

1394 King James I of Scotland, Dunfermline Palace, Fife, (1406-1437), (d. 1437)
1830 Emily Dickinson, poet
1851 Melvil Dewey, created Dewey Decimal System for libraries.
1914 Dorothy Lamour, actress
1964 Bobby Flay, American celebrity chef and restaurateur

Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL said...

I'll play!!

My father was born 5 July 1921 in Bremen, Germany.

Day of week (via


Birthdays (via

1794 - Sylvester Graham, developed graham cracker
1801 - David Farragut, US Admiral (“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”)
1805 - Robert Fitz Roy, British naval officer and scientist
1810 - Phineas Taylor Barnum, circus promoter (Barnum & Bailey)
1909 - Andrei Gromyko, USSR, diplomat/USSR President

Events (via

1054 - Brightest supernova (Crab Nebula) 1st reported
1832 - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin departs Rio de Janeiro
1841 - Thomas Cook opens 1st travel agency
1863 - Battle of Jackson, MS & Battle of Birdsong Ferry, MS
1937 - Joe DiMaggio's 1st grand slam (against the Red Sox even!!)

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Thanks for another fun one, Randy:

kinfolknews said...

Here's my contribution:

Thanks, Randy!!

Anonymous said...

I've got a few 'juicy' ones...

My father was born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 24, 1933. It was a Friday (Google is your friend).
1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is shot to death by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner.
1991 - Freddie Mercury the lead singer for the rock group Queen has died aged 45, just one day after he publicly announced he was HIV positive.
1925 - Goldie Adkins, a former prohibition officer, pleaded guilty of selling moonshine (illegal booze). Mr. Adkin’s brother also pleaded guilty.
1969 - The Apollo 12 spacecraft returns to Earth , splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.
1993 - A new bill was passed by the United States Congress called the Brady Bill. It was intended to control the use of handguns, by administering stricter regulations regarding obtaining one. This was a measure taken to help control unnecessary violence.

Beatle - Pete Best – 1941, Madras, British India (
Serial Killer - Ted Bundy – 1946, Burlington, Vermont (
12th President of the US - Zachary Taylor – 1784, Barboursville, Virginia (
Organized Crime Boss - Lucky Luciano – 1897, Sicily, Italy (
Writer and Lecturer - Dale Carnegie – 1888, Maryville, Missouri (

Anonymous said...

Ok.. here's mine....

My Father was born Friday Feb. 11, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois. (googl

History - (

1937 - GM signs first Autoworkers contract
1945 - Yalta Conference ends
1990 - Nelson Mandela released from prison

Birthdays - (

1847 - Thomas Alva Edison, inventor
1909 - Max Baer Sr., fighter, actor
1921 - Eva Gabor. actress
1934 - Tina Louise, actress

Yvonne Demoskoff said...

My Dad was born on 2 August 1927; here's mine: (I hope I didn't post 2 comments, because I'm getting PC glitches.)

Barbara Jean Mathews said...

Fun! I used the links you provided to find out that:

1)My dad was born on Saturday, August 25th, 1923.

2) Famous Events:
325 - Council of Nicaea ends with adoption of the Nicene Creed establishing the doctrine of the Holy Trinity
1609 - Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
1991 - Linux was born when Linus Torvalds sent off the email announcing his project to create a new operating system.

3) Famous people born on his birthday include:
1530 - Ivan IV [Ivan the Terrible], 1st tsar of Russia (1533-84)
1845 - Ludwig II, mad king of Bavaria (1864-86)
1923 - Monty Hall, Winnipeg Canada, TV game show host (Lets Make a Deal)

Sandy Scott said...

1. Day of the week - Tuesday, October 25, 1904, from Event Planner (Hallmark Card Studio software)

2. What happened in recorded history on my father's birth date and how I found out.
a. 1147 – The Portuguese, under Afonso I, and Crusaders from England and Flanders conquer Lisbon after a four-month siege.
b. War of 1812 - The American frigate, USS United States, commanded by Stephen Decatur, captures the British frigate HMS Macedonian.
c. 1854 - The Battle of Balaklava during the Crimean War (Charge of the Light Brigade).
d. 1944 - The USS Tang under Richard O'Kane (the top American submarine captain of World War II) is sunk by the ship's own malfunctioning torpedo.
e. 1983 - Operation Urgent Fury: The United States and its Caribbean allies invade Grenada, six days after Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and several of his supporters are executed in a coup d'état.
3. Famous people born on my father's birth date.
a. Helen Reddy was born October 25, 1941. Australian-born American singer, songwriter, and actress
b. Johann Strauss II was born on October 25, 1825. Austrian composer
c. Pablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881. Spanish artist drawer, and sculptor
d. Smoky Joe Wood was born on October 25, 1889. American Major League Baseball pitcher
e. Michael of Romania was born on October 25, 1921. King of the Romanians from 1927 until 1930

I googled to find the information.

Laura Garrett Ladkau said...

Question #1.
My Dad was born TUESDAY, July 12, 1938. (We celebrated his 75th last night!)

Question #2.

1290 - Jews are expelled from England by order of King Edward I

1630 - New Amsterdam's governor buys Gull Island from Indians for cargo, renames it Oyster Island, it is later known as Ellis Island

1774 - Citizens of Carlisle Penn, pass a declaration of independence

1804 - Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies after being shot in a duel.

1909 - 16th Amendment approved (power to tax incomes)

Question #3.

1817 - Henry David Thoreau

1864 - George Washington Carver

1884 - Louis B. Mayer

1895 - Oscar Hammerstein II

1908 - Milton Berle

Liv said...

Hi Randy,

This activity not only allowed me to hon my Internet search skills some, but it was a great way to learn more about what was going on nationally the day my father was born!

Here's the link to that information on my blog:

Thanks for this great activity!

Melody said...

My Dad's birthday 7 March...and my post about it :)

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine:
1) What day of the week was your Father born? Tell us how you found out. (

My father, William Joseph Hork, was born on April 23, 1930. It was a Wednesday.

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

1. 1014, King Brian of Ireland murdered by Vikings
2. 1778, John Paul Jones burns Whitehaven, England
3. 1859, Byers publishes first Denver newspaper
4. 1954, Hank Aaron hits first home run of his MLB career
5. 1961, Judy Garland plays Carnegie Hall

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

1. 1564, William Shakespeare
2. 1791, James Buchanan
3. 1813, Stephen Arnold Douglas
4. 1928, Shirley Temple Black
5. 1936, Roy Orbison

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Keeper of the Tales said...

Thhis was fun and VERY interesting!!

You can read mine at

Sinelogix said...

Good information guys