Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Wikipedia meme

Will Howells has injected an interesting meme into the Lib Dem blogosphere:
Go to Wikipedia. Type in your birth date (but not year). List three events that happened on your birthday. List two important birthdays and one interesting death. Post this in your journal.
Here is my effort for 25 March.

Three events
1807 - The Slave Trade Act becomes law, abolishing slavery in the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1811 - Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from the University of Oxford for his publication of the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism.
1969 - During their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold their first Bed-In for Peace in the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (until March 31).

Two birthdays
1881 - Mary Gladys Webb, English writer (d. 1927)*
1908 - David Lean, English film director (d. 1991)

One death
2002 - Kenneth Wolstenholme, British football commentator (b. 1920) **

* A novelist from the Shropshire hills, Mary Webb may fairly be described as "almost readable".
** "They think it's all over. It is."

1 comment:

Will said...

I am, of course, disappointed that you didn't pick Pat Troughton as one of your birthday events :-)