Queen Elizabeth is no longer Lord High Admiral of the Royal Navy, because she gave the title to her husband as a 90th birthday present en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
All male U.S. citizens (and male residents) must register for military conscription ("Selective Service") within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Failure to register is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Babe Ruth believed that his birthday was February 7, 1894. However, when he applied for a passport he looked up his birth certificate and found his birthday listed as February 6, 1895, nearly a full year later than he thought. history.com/news/10-thing…
Today I learned of pharaoh Ptolemy VIII and his sister-wife Cleopatra II. When Ptolemy married his niece (Cleopatra's daughter by another brother), it caused Cleopatra to rebel in support of their 12-year-old son. Ptolemy responded by dismembering their son and sending the pieces to Cleopatra on her birthday en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pto…
During the Victorian era, a newly developed feeding bottle for infants was introduced. Infant moαΉ›tality rates due to these bottles were shocking– only 2 out of 10 infants lived to their 2nd birthday, but parents continued to buy and use them and they earned the name as murdeαΉ› bottles. anomalien.com/the-victori…
Ed O'Neill used to make birthday phone calls to fans of β€˜Married With Children’ in character, and in true Al Bundy nature, he only called them collect. eonline.com/news/717462/1…
July 12th is arguably the birthday of England, as it was on 12 July 927 that King Athelstan's overlordship of the Kingdom of York was recognized, making him the first ruler of all the territory of what we now know as England en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
Today I learned about Chuck E Cheese's origin story. He grew up in an orphanage and did not know his own birthday. They celebrated birthdays on a weekly basis at the orphanage where they enjoyed pizza and sang "Happy Birthday", his favorite song. He's also really good at playing Pong and won $50 for it once. fatherly.com/news/chuck-e…
In 2006, $8 million were stolen from the Banco Rio branch in Acassuso, Argentina. During the robbery, the robbers ordered pizza for the hostages, sang happy birthday to a female lawyer, and then left a note that said they stole 'money, not love' before escaping on a boat. cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/15/…
P. Terry’s Burger chain in Austin has a full time employee whose job is to bake birthday cakes for employees. atxwoman.com/meet-p-terry…
Today I learned of the "Giant Panda Kindergarten" in China where 18 cubs celebrated their 1st birthday in 2019. Researchers mistakenly thought pandas liked solitary life & kept each panda in a tiny den; the pandas got depressed & didn't want to mate; this changed when pandas were allowed to hang out together. chinadaily.com.cn/a/20190…
In 1964 Reg Spiers, an australian athlete, shipped himself from London to Australia in a box, because he had no money to pay for a plane ticket to come back home for his daugter's birthday. ripleys.com/weird-news/re…
The U.S. Army promoted Donald Duck to the rank of Sergeant and retired him from active duty on his 50th birthday because Donald was never officially separated from service in any of his wartime cartoons or comics. headstuff.org/culture/his…
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" (or "Black National Anthem") was publicly performed first as a poem as part of a celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday by John Rosamond Johnson. pbs.org/black-culture/exp…
The Happy Birthday song was Copyrighted until 2016 arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
The Queen actually has two birthdays- one that was determined by the commonwealth and changed to be the second saturday of June, and another that is her actual one which is the 21st of April. The birthday is changed in order to guarantee better weather for celebration time.com/5248082/queen-el…
The Queen's Official Birthday (or the King's Official Birthday) is only an arbitrarily selected day in British Commonwealth realms on which the birthday of the monarch is officially celebrated in those countries. It does not necessarily correspond to the date of the monarch's actual birth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
The state of Mississippi observes Robert E Lee’s birthday as a state holiday while the rest of the country observes Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday (MLK day). They also have a state holiday for confederate memorials sos.ms.gov/Education-Publ…
In 2013, NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover hummed Happy Birthday to itself by vibrating its sample-analysis unit to obtain the musical tune, but did so only on its first β€œbirthday”. theatlantic.com/science/a…
When Denmark was under German Occupation during WW2, Adolf Hitler sent a letter to the King Christian X congratulating him on his 72nd birthday. When Christian wrote back thanking him. Hitler thought his response wasn't personal enough so he had the entire Danish government replaced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The sons of famed WWII adversaries Erwin Rommel and George S. Patton became best friends and even shared the same birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Michelle Birnbaum, a Mother from New Jersey gave birth to a daughter, Rose on Feb 29 2008, coincidentally she's also born on a Leap year in 1980. The odds of mother & child sharing birthday on Leap Year is 1 is to 2 Million newsfeed.time.com/2012/02…
Maya Angelou didn’t celebrate her birthday because of Martin Luther King’s death latimes.com/nation/la-na-…
Tom Cruise is obsessed with sending his co-stars cakes, even ones he worked with decades ago. Louis Theroux, documentary maker, even went to his grandmother's 100th Birthday Party to find 100 cupcakes from Tom Cruise, after Tom worked with his cousin. insider.com/tom-cruise-se…
9 of the 10 most common birthdays in the world are in September, with conception happening in the third or fourth week of December. worldatlas.com/articles/t…
Ozzy Osbourne's lodgings were once invaded by Satanists (who camped out in front of his room). He eventually got rid of them by singing them "Happy Birthday" and putting out some candles. spinditty.com/artists-ban…
A longstanding custom in Denmark for people who are still unmarried by their 25th birthday is to have their friends and family tie them to a lamppost and douse them in cinnamon. If in 5 years they're still unmarried, this gets upgraded to pepper. businessinsider.com/why-s…
On his 82nd birthday party in 1993, Ronald Reagan, to everyone's surprise, toasted Margaret Thatcher twice using identical words and gestures. He was then diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the next year newsweek.com/edmund-morri…
Today I learned about Daramyn TΓΆmΓΆr-Ochir a member of Mongolia's Communist regime. An advocate for joining the Soviet Union, he attacked nationalists. In 1962, after celebrating Genghis Khan's 800th birthday, he was exiled for being a nationalist. In 1985, after a change in leadership, he was axed to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
A shade of purple called "rebeccapurple" in web development is a memorial to Rebecca Alison Meyer, daughter of CSS developer Eric Meyer. Rebecca passed away on her sixth birthday from brain cancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
IKEA allowed a giant hide-and-seek game in a store for the 30th birthday of a woman who planned the meet-up on FB; over 1K people signed up to play. More hide-and-seek parties popped up on FB including 19K signing up in Amsterdam. IKEA no longer allows hide-and-seek in their stores. fastcompany.com/90399077/…
Oliver Sacks used to count his age in terms of elements in Periodic Table, and had element friends who gifted him elements on birthdays, like Thallium(81) for his 81st Birthday. vice.com/en_us/article/wn…
Most bald babies will get their hair in by their 1st birthday but can be an issue if they appear bald by age 2. Baby baldness can rarely be caused by fungus or it can be an autoimmune condition healthline.com/health/par…
In Korea, your age corresponds to the year, not when you came out of the womb. Everyone is 1 years old when they are born, and everyone age's up on the 1st of January. Making everyone's "birthday" effectively the 1st of January. This is separated from their "international age". 90daykorean.com/korean-ag…
Today I learned of β€œThe Milk”. In 1994, a student at MIT bought a carton of milk but forgot to use it, and rediscovered it 10 months later. Instead of binning it he threw a β€˜birthday’ for it. A cult following developed for this legendary expired dairy product. In 2015 it celebrated its 21st birthday. alum.mit.edu/slice/invest…
The British monarch celebrates two birthdays, one on their actual birthday and then officially in the summer when the weather is nice enough for a parade. bbc.co.uk/newsround/36489…
So many Soviets died during WWII that a Soviet male born in 1923 had just a 20% of surviving until his 23rd birthday. youtube.com/watch?v=HJ56M…
Steve from Blue’s Clues once showed up unannounced to a kid’s birthday party after seeing a party sign and blue paw print on the house’s mailbox. He showed up in character and costume, handed our presents and refused any compensation from the parents. spin.com/2004/02/me-and-y…
, After a shockingly unexpected race at the Formula 1 1977 Austrian GP, Australian Alan Jones won. But as no one expected it, the organisers didn't have the Australian national anthem to play. Their solution? They got a drunk Austrian Spectator to play Happy Birthday on the trumpet instead....... youtu.be/65680_3goqk
Chuck E. Cheese’s official backstory is that he is an orphaned mouse who does not know his own birthday. To make up for never having a birthday party of his own, he hosts parties for children. And his middle name is Entertainment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
9 of the 10 most common birthdays in the United States are in September. rd.com/culture/september-…
Christmas is banned in North Korea and instead of Christmas, the birthday of Kim Jong-suk (grandmother of the current supreme leader of North Korea) is celebrated on Christmas eve. However, some North Korean Christian believers still celebrate Christmas in secret. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Queen Elizabeth has two birthdays: her actual date of birth and her "official" birthday. On her official birthday she is joined by members of the royal family for the Trooping the Colour parade. Btw, Happy actual 94th Birthday to the Queen today! royal.uk/queens-birthday
The Goldfish Crackers inventor created them for his wife's birthday and in the shape of her astrological sign which is Pisces and is symbolized by 2 fish. culturecheesemag.com/chee…
Walt Disney's younger sister Ruth lived to age 92. Ruth was very shy and private, giving less than a half dozen interviews over the decades. Walt would send an annual December birthday letter to Ruth, accompanied by a check along with a selection of Disney-related merchandise for her son mouseplanet.com/10148/Let…
Famous jazz pianist Fats Waller was kidnapped by gangsters for three days in Chicago in 1926. He was the "surprise guest" at Al Capone's birthday party. He was later found very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
Shakespeare (hey, Happy Birthday, Will!)earned most of his income from his parternship stake in the Globe Theater, not through his writings or plays. youtube.com/watch?v=gsz4j…
In 2014 a Cockatoo celebrated it’s 100th birthday, it was also noticed by Queen Elizabeth II who sent a birthday card as is custom to 100 year olds. abc.net.au/news/2014-11-0…
Steven Spielberg's father, Arnold Spielberg, built a his own ham radio from scraps when he was 15, became an early computer pioneer in the 1950s and recently celebrated his 103rd birthday! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arn…
A billionaire hedge fund manager once paid Kenny Rogers $4 Million to sing The Gambler over and over a dozen times at his birthday party. huffpost.com/entry/galleo…
Italian painter Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino also known as Rafael died on his birthday, from exhaustion brought on by unceasing romantic interests. wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphae…
Today I learned that 15th April is celebrated as "World Art Day" as it is the birthday of the famous sculptor, inventor and painter, Leonardo Da Vinci. artistsforabetterworld.or…
Joe Perry sold his 1959 Gibson Les Paul during his 1982 divorce. Later he found the guitar was owned by Slash. Perry called Slash and bugged him for years, offering to pay more than the guitar's worth. Years later at Joe's 50th birthday party, Slash finally gave him the guitar as a gift. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
In August 5, 2013, on the anniversary of its arrival on Mars, the Curiosity rover sung β€œHappy Birthday” to itself using its tools to create the melody youtu.be/DGkUbvPsgNY
Before it was declared a public domain in 2016, Warner/Chappell has been collecting an estimated $2 million annually from people who use the "Happy Birthday" song, mainly in creative works like movies and television shows. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
Tenzing Norgay, one of the first two men who reached Mount Everest, didn't know when his exact birthday was. After his ascent of Everest on 29 May 1953, he decided to celebrate his birthday on that day thereafter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Singer Marvin Gaye was fatally shot the day before his birthday, by his own father (a Christian minister), by a gun that Marvin had gifted to him. Marvin was suicidal and physically hit his father because it was established that his father would kill any of his children who might do so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Blowing out birthday candles increases bacteria on cake by 1,400% usatoday.com/story/news/w…
Today I learned about Traci Lords, ex pornographic actress. Using a fake ID she became the most popular pornstar of the 80's at age 16. Just 2 days after her 18 birthday she retired from the adult industry. When this information was revealed all her films were banned, except the last one "Traci, I love you". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
That, due to him being unable to celebrate his bar mitzvah at the age of 13 due to World War I, Yisrael Kristal celebrated his bar mitzvah on his 113th birthday instead. Kristal was already the world's oldest living man and the world's oldest living Holocaust survivor during this time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yis…
Walt Disney gave his housekeeper, Thelma Pearl Howard, stocks of the company during holidays and birthdays every year, instead of cash. The stocks were valued very little at the time, but by the time she was in her 70s, they were worth $9 million. scribol.com/b/pop-culture…
X-Rays were common in shoe stores through the early to mid 20th century. They were also used as gimmicks at birthday parties. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The staff of the 9/11 memorial place white roses on the names of any victims who would have been celebrating a birthday 911memorial.org/blog/whit…
In a room of 47 people, there's a 95% probability that at least two of them will have the same birthday. betterexplained.com/artic…
An Iranian director made a documentary about his life as a dissident under house arrest, and had it smuggled out of the country on a USB stick hidden inside a birthday cake. He also defied a 20-year filmmaking ban to make the movie. theguardian.com/film/2012…
On his 20th birthday, comedian Bill Murray joked about having two bombs in his luggage but instead was caught smuggling ten pounds of marijuana. He was convicted and sentenced to probation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Since 1967, February 29th has been the official birthday of Superman, but not Clark Kent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feb…
In 2016 the oldest living leap year baby celebrated her 25th birthday on her 100th year of life people.com/celebrity/olde…
In Sweden, Elisabeth Hallin and Lasse Diding tried to name their child Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, which is apparently pronounced "Albin," to protest a 5,000 SEK fine when they failed to register his name by his fifth birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
Today I learned of Sheldon Yellen, the CEO of Belfor Holdings, Inc. He writes 9,200 employee birthday cards a year and explains the value of gratitude. businessinsider.com/ceo-w…
Malcolm X Day is an American holiday in honor of Malcolm X celebrated in May (for his birthday). As of today, only the city of Berkeley, California observes the holiday with city offices and schools closed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
A man in Florida drowned on his birthday, after crashing his car into a fire hydrant. He had managed to get out of his car, but was then sucked into a sinkhole likely created by the water pressure resulting from the fire hydrant's destruction. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
September 9th is the most common birthday in the United States time.com/4933041/most-pop…
The British king or queen has two birthdays: their real birth date and one assigned to them during the summer, to ensure better weather for the parade bbc.co.uk/newsround/36489…
In 1973 the members of Led Zeppelin gave drummer John Bonham a Harley Davidson for his 25th birthday, which he promptly rode up and down the hallways of his hotel, causing thousands of dollars in damage. The next day, he wrote a check for the damages and said "Oh, and keep the bike." goldminemag.com/articles/…
Queen Elizabeth II and Marilyn Monroe met in 1956, when both were 30, at the premiere of "The Battle of the River Plate". The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016, while Marilyn Monroe would have turned 90 on June 1 vanityfair.com/style/2016…
β€ŽMr. Rogers made Friday the 13th lβ€Žess scary for children by naming the puppet who ruled the Neighborhood of Make Believe "King Friday XIII (13th)" --- and regardless of the month or frequency, every Friday the 13th was celebrated as King Friday’s birthday (see video starting at 0:45) emmytvlegends.org/blog/?p…
Blowing out birthday candles increases bacteria on cake by 1,400% more bacteria usatoday.com/story/news/w…
In a group of 23 random people there is a 50% probability that a pair of the individuals share a birthday - despite there being 365 separate days each person can be born. This is referred to as the birthday paradox. With a group of just 70 people, this probability goes up to 99.9%! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
In 1926 Poland sent the United States a birthday card. With 5 million signatures. loc.gov/item/prn-17-095/a…
Prince Philip was born in a time and place where the Julian calendar was still in use, rather than the Gregorian calendar, giving him two "different" birthdays en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Today I learned of Vera Lynn, a British pop singer who entertained troops during World War II. In 2017, she released a new album to celebrate her 100th birthday, making her the oldest recording artist in the world and the first centenarian to have an album in the charts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
J. M. Barrie based the character of Peter Pan on his brother David. The reason Peter always stays the same age is because David drowned the day before his fourteenth birthday, and his family always remembered him as the boy who never grew up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
In 1978, the U.S. Congress asked President Carter to designate the Rebbe's birthday as the national Education and Sharing Day to recognize and pay tribute to his efforts for a better education for all American citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edu…
Actor Dick Van Dike didn't know his actual birthday until he was 18. His parents lied to him about his birth date to cover up the fact that he was conceived out of wedlock. today.com/popculture/van-…
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry sold his prized 1959 Les Paul during his divorce and lost track of it until he found Slash in a magazine holding the same guitar. For years Slash refused to sell it back until he finally gave it to Perry as a gift on his 50th birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
In 1926 the famous pianist Fats Waller (then 21) was kidnapped by Al Capone's gang to play piano for his birthday. He basically went missing for 3 days and was returned unharmed but drunk. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Today I learned about the Birthday effect - a phenomenon where the likelihood of an individual's death rises the closer they are to their birthday en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
Even though the melody of "Happy Birthday to You" was created in 1893, and none of the early printed appearances of the melody and lyrics stated a copyright notice, Warner/Chappell Music managed to keep the song out of the public domain until a court ruling in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Srinivasa Ramanujan. (Happy Birthday! 22 Dec 1887-26 Apr 1920) discovered wonderful formulae for calculating pi. "Thanks to the theoretical foundations that Ramanujan laid ... powerful computers have calculated the first 10 trillion decimals of the number pi." 22nd Dec is also India's Math Day bbvaopenmind.com/en/scien…
George Foreman first became the Heavyweight World Champion in 1973 by knocking out Joe Frazier. In 1994, at 45 years old, he regained the title. After 4 title defences, he finally lost the title in 1997 just a few months short of his 49th birthday. timetoast.com/timelines/t…
The Mars rover only hummed "Happy Birthday" to itself once, and doesn't anymore theatlantic.com/science/a…
If you have a whole life insurance plan, on your 100th birthday you get the payout BUT you have to pay taxes on it kitces.com/blog/outliving…
Today I learned of the "Centenarian Bounty," a €2,540 birthday gift given by the President to all Irish citizens who reach 100 years of age citizensinformation.ie/en…
The inner grounds of the Tokyo Imperial palace are generally not open to the public except on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and February 23 (Emperor's Birthday) when visitors can enter and see the members of the Imperial Family, who make several public appearances on a balcony japan-guide.com/e/e3017.h…
After completing a jigsaw given to him for his birthday, a man noticed that the puzzle showed a picture of him and his late wife who died 3 years earlier, on holiday. The couple never knew that their picture had been taken. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Norway was considering gifting Finland a mountain for its 100th birthday. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Lynyrd Skynyrd founding member and original lead singer Ronnie Van Zant regularly predicted that he would never make it to 30 years old - he died in a plane crash on October 20th, 1977, less than 3 months before his 30th birthday. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie…

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