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WikiBirthday Meme

You know the drill. Look up your birthday on Wikipedia, list three or more interesting events, two or more births, and one death.

  • 1883 - The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • 1939 - The word "Dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.

  • 1953 - James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; formal announcement April 25 following publication in April Nature (pub. April 2).

  • 1983 - The final episode of M*A*S*H is broadcast in the USA, becoming the most watched television episode in history, with 106-125 million viewers in the U.S. (estimate varies by source).

  • (I've ommitted the slaughters, disasters, political missteps, and atrocities that took place on my birthday, not because I consider them less important, but because I'm trying to be less negative.)

  • 1901 - Linus Pauling, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Peace (d. 1994)
  • 1907 - Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon)
  • 1923 - Charles Durning, American actor
  • 1930 - Gavin MacLeod, American actor (Carl Kolchak! How cool is that?)
  • 1970 - Lemony Snicket, American writer

  • 1977 - Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, American actor (b. 1905)

  • 1978 - Eric Frank Russell, English author (b. 1905)

  • 1985 - David Byron, British singer (Uriah Heep) (b. 1947)
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