January 13, 2009

Birthday Meme

The instructions:

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
5) List one death
6) One holiday or observance (if any)

My birthday: December 4

771 - Austrasian King Carloman dies, leaving his brother Charlemagne King of the now complete Frankish Kingdom.

1954 - The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, United States.

1967 - Vietnam War: US and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta.

And a bonus one for Morah:
2006 - An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo.

Also, but not on the list, Led Zeppelin announced they were splitting up. This actually happened on the exact day I was born (December 4, 1980)

1840 - Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux chief (d. 1877)
1949 - Jeff Bridges, American actor (that's right. I share my birthday with The Dude)

Bonus hot chick I share a birthday with:
1964 - Marisa Tomei, American actress

1993 - Frank Zappa, American musician and composer (b. 1940) So sad...

Bonus interesting one:
1967 - Bert Lahr, American actor (b. 1895) That's right: the Cowardly Lion died on my birthday.

Roman festivals - secret ceremonies in honor of Bona Dea:
"Bona Dea (literally "the good goddess") was the goddess of fertility, healing, virginity, and women. ... The rites were held on December 4, and only included women. ... The rites were conducted annually by the wife of the senior magistrate present in Rome and were assisted by the Vestal Virgins. Very little is known about the ceremony, but the worship seems to have been agricultural in origin." In other words, a giant lesbian orgy! How cool is that?

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