On My Birthday – February 8th

I’m joining Kate over at “The Five F’s Blog” on her “On My Birthday Meme”.  She would like to get at least one blog post for each day of the year, so please go and link up, too!

Basically, you just have to find information about your birthdate and post about it.  If you do not know where to look, you can try On This Day and/or Wikipedia. You can make yours as simple or as complex as you like. Being the homeschool mom that I am… I felt compelled to research a bit and add pictures.

So now for my answers!

When is your birthday? February 8th

Pick three people who share your birthday and share what you know about them.

Source: sonofthesouth.net

William Tecumseh Sherman
Born February 8, 1820
Union General during U.S. Civil War – Was thought to be insane and was relieved of his command when he estimated that he would need “Sixty thousand to drive the enemy from Kentucky, and 200,000 to finish the war in this section.”  As the war continued, they realized that he was actually more sane than most and was placed in command of Grant’s Army of the Tennessee.  He was later highly praised by Grant in a letter to President Abraham Lincoln.

Source: en.wikipedia.org

Jules Gabriel Verne
Born February 8, 1828
French author who pioneered the science fiction genre.  Best known for “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, “A Journey to the Center of the Earth”, and “Around the World in Eighty Days”.



“Buddy” at the James Dean Memorial in California (near the site of his crash) – 2008
Source: blogs.babble.com

James Dean
Born February 8, 1931
American Actor – Best known for starring in “Rebel Without a Cause”. He was killed in a car crash as he sped down a curvy highway near Paso Robles, California. He had been given a speeding ticket earlier that day, but that didn’t slow him down. He died on September 30, 1955, but is still very popular and often thought of as a symbol of the American youth of the 1950’s.


Is anyone listed as being born on the same day as you (and the same year)? If so, what do you know about them?

Source: thewrap.com

Gary Coleman
Born February 8, 1968
Child Actor – Best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on “Diff’rent Strokes” which ran from 1978 to 1986 (when we were 18 years old). His memorable catchphrase was “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”

He was only 4’8″ at his tallest due to a lifelong battle with kidney disease. My mom thought it was rather ironic that we were born on the same day and he was so short and I was always so tall for my age. I have known about us being born on the same day since I was a child.

He died after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage when we were 42 years old.

BUT…. More importantly….

I also share my birthday with some wonderful people I know!

My “birthday twin” is Carolyn.  We were born on the same day, in the same hospital, and then went to school together for years, etc, etc… These days, we get to stay in touch via Facebook.

I also have a cousin, Emily, who was born on my 20th birthday and her sister had a baby in 2011 on our birthday.  Pretty cool!

List three people who died on your birthday and tell us what you know about them.

Source: en.wikipedia.org

Mary, Queen of Scots
December 8, 1542 – February 8, 1587

“Mary was the only surviving legitimate child of King James V of Scotland. She was 6 days old when her father died and she was crowned nine months later.” She was forced to abdicate her crown to her one-year-old son, King James VI in 1567. Mary fled to England seeking protection from her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England. Perceiving Mary as a threat, Queen Elizabeth had her arrested. She was in custody for 18 years and 8 months. She was then tried and beheaded for allegedly being involved in 3 plots to assassinate Elizabeth.

Source: en.wikipedia.org

Charles Curtis
January 25, 1860 – February 8, 1936
1st American-Indian Vice-President of the USA
Under President Herbert Hoover from March 4, 1929 until March 4, 1933

“He was the first person with significant acknowledged Native American ancestry and the first person with significant acknowledged non-European ancestry to reach either of the two highest offices in the United States government’s executive branch. His maternal ancestry was three-quarters’ Native American, of ethnic Kaw, Osage and Pottawatomie ancestry. Curtis spent years of his childhood living with his maternal grandparents on their Kaw reservation.”

I had never even heard of Charles Curtis until I was preparing this post. I am VERY proud of my Indian heritage and now want to learn more about him!

John Fairfax
“Professional Adventurer”
Born May 21,1937 in Rome
Died February 8, 2012 in Nevada, USA

“In 1969, he was the first person in recorded history to cross the Atlantic alone by rowboat. He dealt with sharks, storms and exhaustion on the six-month, 5,000-mile journey from the Canary Islands to Florida. In 1972, he and his girlfriend, Sylvia Cook, became the first known people to row across the Pacific Ocean. He survived a shark attack and cyclone on the yearlong, 8,000-mile trek from San Francisco to Australia.”

List three notable events that took place on your birthday.

February 8, 1910
U.S.A. Boy Scouts of America was modeled after the Boy Scouts of England and incorporated on this day.

February 8, 1922
First Radio Installed In White House
President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio in the White House. At the time, radio was the hottest technology there was, and the White House was on the cutting edge.

February 8, 1969 (on my 1st Birthday)
George Harrison from The Beetles had his tonsils removed at London’s University College Hospital. The tonsils were destroyed so they could not be sold.

Tell us about a holiday that falls on your birthday.

Well…. My birthday does not really have any holidays on it. Other than being the Birthday of Boy Scouts, there isn’t much happening. I did find that it is supposed to be “Laugh and Grow Rich Day”, but that has never happened to me…lol

If I had been born 1 day earlier, I could have shared my birthday with Laura Ingalls Wilder (who was born 101 years and 1 day before me). I absolutely LOVED her all through my childhood and teen years. I often wished that I was her…lol

If I was born 1 day later, that would be quite tasty! Hershey’s Chocolate was founded then. Unfortunately, it is also Toothache Day. Do you think that is just a coincidence?

Finally, please tag some people who will hate you some lovely people to carry on this meme, then link up with the original post.

I’m picking some of my favorite bloggers. Hopefully, they will have enough time to do this meme; I would LOVE to read their answers! 

Sue Ann Jaffarain @ Babble ‘n Blog
Nony @ A Slob Comes Clean
Big Daddy @ Big Daddy Autism
Rhiannon @ Unhandicapping the Disabled Life
Karen @ Solodialogue
Rebecca @ Momma’s Time
Laraine @ Larainy Days

And YOU!!!  If you are reading this….consider yourself tagged!

Be sure to backlink your post to this one and/or leave a comment with the URL of your post here, too.


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