Go to Wikipedia and look up your birth day (excluding the year). List at least three but no more than 6 neat facts, three births and one death, including the year. Put it in this thread.
1683 - Austro-Ottoman War: Battle of Vienna - Several European armies join forces to defeat the Ottoman Empire.
1933 - Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, conceives the idea of the nuclear chain reaction.
1957 - NORAD begins operations.
2001 - NATO Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for the first time in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.
1818 - Richard Gatling, American weapons inventor (d. 1903)
1931 - Sir Ian Holm, English actor
1951 - Joe Pantoliano, American actor
2003 - Johnny Cash, American singer and guitarist (b. 1932) (RIP)
1959 - President Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.
1968 - Soviet Union-dominated Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring; on the same day, Nicolae Ceau?escu, leader of Communist Romania, publicly condemns the Soviet maneuver, encouraging the Romanian population to arm itself against possible Soviet reprisals.
1987 - Hard rock band Guns N' Roses release their classic debut Appetite for Destruction.
1991 - Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
1911 - The Mona Lisa was stolen by a Louvre employee.
1971 - Black Panther George Jackson is shot and killed in the prison yard at California's San Quentin prison.
2 BC - Jesus of Nazareth born in Bethlehem of Judea. (Luke 2:1-7)
1789 - The U.S. War Department first establishes regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
1829 - London's reorganized police force, the Metropolitan Police, becomes the first official police department in the world.
Some neat stuff.
1975 - Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m..
1954 - Elvis Presley makes his debut as a public performer.
1965 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.
1974 - Watergate Scandal: US President Richard M. Nixon releases subpoenaed White House recordings after being ordered to do so by the United States Supreme Court.
1945 - World War II: A Japanese submarine sinks the USS Indianapolis, killing 883 seamen in the worst single loss in the history of the United States Navy.
1956 - A Joint Resolution of the U.S. Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing "In God We Trust" as the U.S. national motto
1820 - The Missouri Compromise is signed into law by President James Monroe. The compromise allows Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state, but makes the rest of the northern part of the Louisiana Purchase territory slavery-free.
1836 - Texas Revolution: Battle of the Alamo - After a 13-day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 189 Texas volunteers defending the Alamo are defeated and the fort taken.
1857 - The Supreme Court of the United States rules in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case.
1475 - Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian painter (d. 1564)
1619 - Cyrano de Bergerac, French soldier, poet (d. 1655)
1936 - Marion Barry Jr., Mayor of Washington DC
1836 - Davy Crockett, American frontiersman (b. 1786) (Kind of a cheap one)
2006 - Kirby Puckett, American Hall of Fame baseball player (b. 1960)
1862 - American Civil War: The ironclad CSS Virginia is scuttled in the James River northwest of Norfolk, Virginia.
1944 - World War II: The Allies start a major offensive against the Axis Powers on the Gustav Line.
1949 - Israel joins the United Nations.
1969 - Vietnam War: Operation Apache Snow – Near the Laos border, American and South Vietnamese forces fight North Vietnamese troops for Ap Bia Mountain (aka Hill 937 or "Hamburger Hill").
1995 - In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
1904 - Salvador Dalí, Catalan painter (d. 1989)
1933 - Louis Farrakhan, American Black Muslim leader
1946 - Robert Jarvik, American physicist and inventor (known for the Jarvik-7 artificial heart.)
1981 - Bob Marley, Jamaican singer and musician (b. 1945)
1993 - Rodney King testifies at the federal trial of four Los Angeles, California police officers accused of violating King's civil rights when they beat him during an arrest.
1933 - Great Depression: The U.S. Congress begins its first 100 days of enacting New Deal legislation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt submits the Emergency Banking Act to Congress.
1964 - The first Ford Mustang rolls off the assembly line at Ford Motor Company
1934 - Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 1968)
1918 - George Lincoln Rockwell, American Nazi leader (d. 1967)
1454 - Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer and cartographer (d. 1512)
1981 - Iran-Contra scandal: Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
1936 - The first edition of Life is published.
1954 - For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the peak it reached just before the 1929 crash. 382.74
529 - First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I.
1922 - Teapot Dome scandal: United States Secretary of the Interior leases Teapot Dome petroleum reserves in Wyoming.
1933 - Prohibition was repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight (or 4% by volume), eight months before the ratification of XXI amendment.
1948 - The World Health Organization is established by the United Nations.
1967 - Six-Day War: Israeli fighters shoot down seven Syrian MIG-21s.
1969 - The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.
1989 - Soviet submarine Komsomolets sinks in the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway after a fire. 42 sailors die. <- at the time <- feel sorry for them now <- starting to dislike Russia again, lately
2003 - US troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.
1775 - Two lanterns were hung from the steeple of the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott ride to warn of impending arrests of Samuel Adams and John Hancock and seizure of weapons. Only Prescott finishes the ride.
1906 - An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.8, destroys much of San Francisco, California. (See 1906 San Francisco earthquake)
1946 - The League of Nations is dissolved.
1983 - A suicide bomber destroys the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.
Never mind my birth date... I have another more important birthdate.. My Marine Corps' Birthdate
1775---The Continental Congress passes a resolution creating the Continental Marines (later renamed the United States Marine Corps) to serve as landing troops for the recently created Continental Navy.
1940 - Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI; his job is to report back information on Hollywood "subversives".
1954 - US President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicates the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima memorial) in Arlington National Cemetery.
1970 - Vietnam War: Vietnamization - For the first time in five years, an entire week ends with no reports of American combat fatalities in Southeast Asia.
1975 - The 729-foot-long freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks during a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew on board.
1975 - United Nations Resolution 3379: United Nations General Assembly approves a resolution equating Zionism with racism (the resolution was repealed in December 1991).
1483 - Martin Luther, German protestant reformer (d. 1546)
1871 - Winston Churchill, American novelist (d. 1947)
1919 - Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov, Russian inventor
1549 - Pope Paul III (b. 1468)
1982 - Leonid Brezhnev, ruler of the Soviet Union (b. 1906)
2003 - Canaan Banana, first President of Zimbabwe (b. 1936)
1783- John Austin, a highwayman, is the last to be publicly hanged at London's Tyburn gallows.
1783- The Continental Army is disbanded
1793-French playwright, journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouges is guillotined
1911-Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T.
1913-The USA introduces an income tax.
1954-The first in the Godzilla series of films is released in Japan.
1967- Vietnam War: Battle of Dak To begins
1998-Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is elected Governor of the U.S. state of Minnesota.
1926-Annie Oakley, American sharp-shooter (b. 1860) died
?- Charles Bronson, Born
February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. There are 323 days remaining, 324 in leap years.
1790 - Religious Society of Friends petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery.
1814 - Norway's independence is proclaimed, marking the ultimate end of the Kalmar Union.
1953 - President Dwight Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
1847 - Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor and businessman (d. 1931)
1934 - Tina Louise, American actress
1969 - Jennifer Aniston, American actress
1985 - Ben Abruzzo, American businessman and balloonist (b. 1930)
Other interesting factoids
On February 11, 1865, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about oil speculation.
dam, now i know why neck hurts all the time!
Link to wikipedia.org
1920 - 19th Amendment to US constitution passes, guaranteeing women's suffrage.
1966 - Vietnam War: The Battle of Long Tan occurs, when a patrol of Royal Australian Regiment encounter the Viet Cong.
1992 - NBA basketball player Larry Bird announces his retirement after winning an Olympic gold medal as a member of the U.S. Dream Team. [I always liked Larry Bird]
I share birthdays with:
1936 - Robert Redford, American actor and director
1952 - Patrick Swayze, American actor
1957 - Denis Leary, American comedian and actor
1958 - Madeleine Stowe, American actress
1969 - Christian Slater, American actor
1970 - Malcolm-Jamal Warner, American actor
Several Popes died on my birthday:
1276 - Pope Adrian V
1503 - Pope Alexander VI (b. 1431)
1559 - Pope Paul IV (b. 1476)
Otherwise boring day.
ETA: Several people clearly have problems with following instructions.
2001 - Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
1509 - Marriage of King Henry VIII of England and Katherine of Aragon.
1962 - Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to apparently successfully escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island. No conclusive evidence has ever been found that they survived the escape attempt.
1963 - Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.
1964 - World War II veteran Walter Seifert runs amok in an elementary school in Cologne, Germany, killing at least eight children and two teachers and seriously injuring several more with a home-made flamethrower and a lance.
2004 - Ronald Reagan's funeral held at Washington National Cathedral
Alexander the Great
*1431 - Eugenius IV becomes Pope. (I guess).
*1833 - According to Akilattirattu Ammanai Ayya Vaikundar arises from the sea as avatar of Narayana at Thiruchendur. ..........................
*1857 - France and the United Kingdom declare war on China.
*1878 - Bulgaria regains its independence from Ottoman Empire.
*1938 - Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia.
*1958 - Nuri as-Said becomes the prime minister of Iraq for the 14th time.
*1985 - Censorship: Women Against Pornography award their "Pig Award" to Huggies Diapers, claiming that the television ads had "crossed the line between eye-catching and porn."
*2002 - Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favour of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
Holidays and Observances on March 3rd:
*Hinamatsuri - Japanese celebration day for girls. .............................
*Malawi - Martyr's Day. (Always a rockin' good time in Malawi on March 3rd!).