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written by Deanfrz on Jun 23, 2008 04:19
SO, what tragedies occured on your Birthday?
7 members voted in this poll so far
Yes, you're birthday is a day of tragedy
No, you're over reacting
There was a shopping center in 2001 that claimed the lives of 271 in Peru. And bomb exploded at La Guardia, killing 11, 1975. A plane crashed on approach to Miami, taking the lives of 101 in 1972. Buffalo, New York was burned by the British in 1813. Wounded Knee happened(I damaged my knee in a game of capture the flag a teenager.) The Second Great Fire of London marred my birthday in 1940, when Luftwaffe bombs killed more than 200. Some Bridge disaster killed 92 in Ohio, 1876. Hong Kong had riots in 1989 and killed 1.25 million chickens in 1997.

The Partition of India was proposed, and the B-24 flew for the first time, spelling death for millions.

Oh, and Thomas Becket was hacked to death in 1170. And my name is THOMAS!!!!!!!!

December 29th sucks!
absent more than alex
written by Shadowlord on Jun 23, 2008 04:56
1890 - United States soldiers clash with members of the Great Sioux Nation in the Wounded Knee Massacre.

Jeez, these events listed on wikipedia on your birthday are so negative.

Let's see what negative stuff happened on mine...

1180 - Battle of Ishibashiyama in Japan.
1607 - Flight of the Earls from Lough Swilly, Donegal, Ireland.
1812 - French grenadiers enter Moscow. The Fire of Moscow begins as soon as Russian troops leave the city.
1847 - Mexican-American War: Winfield Scott captures Mexico City.
1862 - Civil War Maryland Campaign Battle of South Mountain is fought.

Summary so far: Wars, wars, wars, wars, wars. Also, they burned Moscow down!

1901 - President of the United States William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt on September 6, and is succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.
1917 - Russia is officially proclaimed a republic.
1923 - Miguel Primo de Rivera becomes dictator of Spain.
1982 - President-elect of Lebanon, Bachir Gemayel, is assassinated.

Summary of the rest: Assassination of a president of the USA, birth of the soviet union, a dictator comes to power, assassination of another president(-elect).
written by Azuraun2 on Jun 23, 2008 07:40
Nice thread!

I've got a lot of wars and executions on my birthday.

1587 - Mary, Queen of Scots was executed at suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England.
1601 - Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, rebels against Elizabeth I of England - revolt is quickly crushed.
1692 - A doctor in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony suggests that two girls in the family of the village minister may be suffering from bewitchment, leading to the Salem witch trials.
1807 - Battle of Eylau - Napoleon defeats Russians under General Benigssen.
1900 - British troops are defeated by Boers at Ladysmith, South Africa.
1904 - Battle of Port Arthur: A surprise torpedo attack by the Japanese at Port Arthur, China starts the Russo-Japanese War.
1924 - Capital punishment: The first state execution using gas in the United States takes place in Nevada.
1949 - Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary sentenced for treason.
1962 - Charonne massacre. 9 trade unionists are killed by French police at the instigation of Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Paris Prefecture of Police.
1968 - American civil rights movement: The Orangeburg massacre, a mass killing in Orangeburg, South Carolina of black students from South Carolina State University who were protesting segregation at the town's only bowling alley.
1974 - Military coup in Upper Volta.
1983 - The Melbourne dust storm hits Australia's second largest city. The result of the worst drought on record and a day of severe weather conditions, the 320m deep dust cloud envelops the city, turning day to night.
1986 - 1984 Summer Olympics head of the LAPD bomb squad, Arleigh McCree, and his partner Officer Ronald Ball of the Firearms and explosives unit were killed while trying to dismantle two pipe bombs when they responded to a call. McCree was recognized as one of the top explosive experts in the world.
1989 - An Independent Air Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain in Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal, killing 144.
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written by Medeivalstargazer on Jun 23, 2008 17:16
1974 - A fire in the 25-story Joelma Building in Sao Paulo, Brazil kills 189 and injures 293.
2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
2004 - 251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Those were the only real 'disasters' that occured. Frickin Columbia... Just HAD to happen on my brithday -.-'

On the other hand...

1884 - Edition one of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

written by Wild honeypie on Jun 23, 2008 19:34
I was doing pretty well until 1990...

1990 - The Burns' Day storm hits northwestern Europe, killing 89-100+ people.
1993 - Five people were shot outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia resulting in two murders.
1998 - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth, killing 8 people injuring 25 others.
# 1999 - A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.
2001 - A 50-year-old Douglas DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela killing 24.
2005 - A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258.

But hey, I share my birthday with Virginia Woolf. I feel kind of awesome now.
written by Chad on Jun 23, 2008 20:43
Nothing to Exciting... I was born on November 22nd, 1984...

1972 - Vietnam War: The United States loses its first B-52 Stratofortress of the war.
1989 - In West Beirut, a bomb explodes near the motorcade of Lebanese President Rene Moawad, killing him.
2002 - In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest.
2003 - In Tbilisi, Georgia, opponents of President Eduard Shevardnadze seize the parliament building and demand the president's resignation.
written by Jaxe'd on Jun 23, 2008 20:49
May 4th:

1886 - A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, Illinois, United States, killing eight and wounding 60. The police fire into the crowd.
1946 - In San Francisco Bay, U.S. Marines from the nearby Treasure Island Navy Base stop a two-day riot at Alcatraz federal prison. Five people are killed in the riot.
1949 - The entire Torino football (soccer) team (except for one player who did not take the trip due to an injury) is killed in a plane crash at the Superga hill at the edge of Turin, Italy.
1982 - Twenty sailors are killed when the British Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield (D80) is hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War.
2002 - An EAS Airlines BAC 1-11-500 crashes in a suburb of Kano, Nigeria shortly after takeoff killing more than 148 people.
2007 - Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado.

Oh, and I share a birthday with both Audrey Hepburn (1929) and Chris Tomlin (1972).
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written by Megagun on Jun 23, 2008 21:07
1199 - Richard I is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France which leads to his death on April 6.
1821 - (Julian Calendar) Greeks revolt against the Ottoman Empire, beginning the Greek War of Independence.
1865 - American Civil War: In Virginia, Confederate forces capture Fort Stedman from the Union in a bloody battle.
1911 - In New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire kills 146 garment workers.
1947 - An explosion in a coalmine in Centralia, Illinois kills 111.
1949 - The extensive deportation campaign known as March deportation is conducted in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to force collectivisation by way of terror. The Soviet authorities deported more than 92,000 people from Baltics to remote areas of the Soviet Union.
1971 - Bangladesh Liberation War: Beginning of Operation Searchlight of Pakistan Army against East Pakistani civilians.
1975 - Faisal of Saudi Arabia is shot and killed by a mentally ill nephew.
1990 - In The Bronx, a fire at an illegal social club called "Happy Land" kills 87 people.
1996 - An 81-day-long standoff between the anti-government group Montana Freemen and law enforcement near Jordan, Montana, begins.
2006 - Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman kills six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

In the "interesting good stuff" department:
1979 - The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, The Columbia, is delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch.
I admit to not checing if some of the stuff I posted were "tragedies" or actual good stuff. I skimmed some things, and I think I'm right, but I might be wrong..
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written by Nalix on Jun 25, 2008 04:04
Viva la revolución! My birthday is the independence day of two countries.
September 16:
1810 Mexico - Independence Day - from Spain
1975 Papua New Guinea - Independence Day - from Australia

Also for tragedies:
1920 - The Wall Street bombing: a bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J.P.Morgan building in New York City - 38 are killed with 400 injured.
1812 - Russians set fire to Moscow shortly after midnight - the city is burned completely down days later.
2007 - One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.

I also have two actresses/singers who are exactly the same age as me. Before I looked it up I'd never heard of them before.
1984 - Sabrina Bryan, American actress and singer
1984 - Katie Melua, Georgian-British singer
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Jun 25, 2008 04:37
You'd never heard of Katie Melua?

1847 - Mexican-American War: Six teenage military cadets known as Niños Héroes die defending Chapultepec Castle in the Battle of Chapultepec. American General Winfield Scott captures Mexico City in the Mexican-American War.
1899 - Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.
1923 - Military coup in Spain - Miguel Primo de Rivera takes over, setting up a dictatorship.
1940 - World War II: German bombs damage Buckingham Palace.
1971 - State police and National Guardsmen storm New York's Attica Prison to end a prison revolt. 42 people die in the assault.
1987 - Goiânia accident: A radioactive object is stolen from an abandoned hospital in Goiânia, Brazil, contaminating many people in the following weeks and leading some to die from radiation poisoning.
1996 - Tupac Shakur shot and killed.
1999 - Bomb explodes in Moscow, Russia. At least 119 people are killed.
2006 - At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide.

On the "good" side:

1503 - Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David.
1814 - The British fail to capture Baltimore, Maryland. Turning point in the War of 1812.
1814 - Francis Scott Key writes The Star-Spangled Banner.
1862 - American Civil War: Union soldiers find a copy of Robert E. Lee's battle plans in a field outside Frederick, Maryland. It is the prelude to the Battle of Antietam.*
1985 - Japan Super Mario Bros. released for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
among others...

Apparently I share a birthday with Australian sailor Jasper Warren and Japanese fashion model Natsuki Okamoto, as well as a rugby player called Richard Lopag.

*I put it with "good," but it's quite possible that I have relatives who fought for the Confederacy, due to a branch of the family living in Virginia. Most immigrated much later, though.
wah... waall-eee
written by Magnulus on Jun 25, 2008 07:49
I love when Katie Melua was lambasted by some pedants about her song about the universe (or galaxy or something) and she made a pedant-version of it. It was awesome.

Can't remember the name of the song, though.
absent more than alex
written by Shadowlord on Jun 25, 2008 19:49
Hmm, Tom, interesting. There's a bunch of events which were listed on both our birthdays (which are one day apart) in wikipedia - like Winfield Scott capturing Mexico City, the military coup in spain, the star-spangled banner being written...
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Jun 25, 2008 20:17
Shadowlord said:
Hmm, Tom, interesting. There's a bunch of events which were listed on both our birthdays (which are one day apart) in wikipedia - like Winfield Scott capturing Mexico City, the military coup in spain, the star-spangled banner being written...
Well, the Star-Spangled Banner was written overnight (or so I was informed), so I guess it's something like that for the others as well...
written by Cybernikes on Jul 04, 2008 06:59
Born in Hurricane Cleo, a major class three that hit Ft.Lauderdale inaugust of 64.

Not sure of the stats as I was busy trying to survive my first few hours on planet earth.

Of course, my career choice?

Merchant Mariner, where Hurricanes seemed to follow me, Hugo Andrew Gilbert, No-Name, ....I've since moved twelve-hundred miles inland!
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written by Duskesko on Jul 05, 2008 15:52
I, your brutal and evil overlord, was born.

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