Saturday, June 30, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Date Your Grandmother Was Born

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

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

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  What day of the week was your Grandmother born (either one)? Tell us how you found out.

2)  What event was a headline in the newspapers on that date?  Tell us how you found out.

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

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

5)  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:

1)  I chose my paternal grandmother, Alma Bessie Richmond who was born 16 February 1882 in Killingly, Connecticut to Thomas and Juliet E. (White) Richmond.  16 February 1882 was a Thursday.

Method:  I have a birth certificate for my grandmother naming the date and her parents names.  I Googled the date.

2)  One of the headlines on 16 February 1882 in the San Diego Union newspaper was "Tammany Joins the Republicans in the New York Legislature."  Another was "Great Land slip in north Carolina."

Method:  Search GenealogyBank for page 1 of the San Diego newspaper.

3)  Historical events that have occurred on 16 February:

*  600 AD:  
Pope Gregory the Great decrees saying "God bless You" is the correct response to a sneeze

*  1646 AD:  Battle of Great Torrington, Devon - the last major battle of the first English Civil War

*  1741 AD:  Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine Begins Publishing

*  1804 AD:  US Navy Lt Stephen Decatur raids Tripoli Harbor & burns Navy frigate "Philadelphia" after pirates seized it

*  1914 AD:  1st airplane flight from LA to SF

Method:  Use to find events.

4)  Famous persons born on 16 February:

*  1620:  Frederick William, Great Elector, founder of Brandenburg-Prussia

*  1812:  Henry Wilson, 16th Vice-President of the USA (1873-1875).

*  1903:  Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), born in Chicago, Illinois

*  1935:  Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, American actor, musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher) and politician (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1998)

*  1959:  John McEnroe, American tennis player (US Open 1979-81, 84 / Wimbledon 1981, 83, 84), born in Wiesbaden, Germany

Method:  Use

Side note:  This is a pretty boring date, IMHO.


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Yvonne Demoskoff said...

I wrote about my grandmother Julie at

Cheri Hudson Passey said...

Here's my post about my paternal grandmother. It was fun to learn about what was happening the day she was born!

Cheri Hudson Passey said...

Sorry Randy! I added your link not mine! lol!

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here is mine. I chose my maternal grandmother:

Janice M. Sellers said...

I also chose my paternal grandmother.