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Apr. 30th, 2006 | 05:34 pm

I'm not quite sure why I'm posting this meme, as I don't usually, but I am busy planning my birthday picnic, so why not? From sollersuk

Enter your birth date and month (e.g May 20 -- Why would Americans do it that way around? It just doesn't make sense. And even some US forms use ddmmyy. Illogical, no?) into the Wikipedia search box.

Give three notable events, two births (excluding your own!) and one death.

May 20

Events:

1690 - England passes the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of Catholic James II.

1892 - The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.

1932 - Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.


I already knew about the publication of the discovery of a viral cause of AIDS (1983) and martial law being declared in China (1989), so I didn't use those.

Births:

1799 - Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (d. 1850)

1970 - Louis Theroux, British television presenter


I already knew Cher (1946), although I can't say it's something I'm proud of.

Deaths:
1503 - Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici, Italian patron of the arts (b. 1463)


I already knew Christopher Columbus (1506) -- apparently he died in poverty.

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