Birthday Meme

Birthday Meme

Meme: The term "meme" (
IPA: /miːm/, rhyming with "theme") was coined in 1976 by the biologist Richard Dawkins to refer to a "unit of cultural information" which can propagate from one mind to another in a manner analogous to genes (i.e., the units of genetic information).

A Meme in today's world is a short list of curious questions that one "tags" a friend with; it propagates via blogs, email and web sites. This particular meme comes from Roadchick:

The Rules:
1. Go to
Wikipedia and type in your birthday, month and day only.
2. List 3 events that occurred on that day.
3. List 2 important birthdays.
4. List 1 death.
5. List a holiday or observance. (if any)
6. Tag 5 other bloggers.

~~~July 1 ~~~

1858 - The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.
1972 - First Gay Pride march in England
2004 - Saturn Orbit Insertion of Cassini-Huygens begins at 01:12 UT and ends at 02:48 UT

1788 - Jean-Victor Poncelet, French mathematician (d. 1867)
1961 - Diana, Princess of Wales (d. 1997) She was exactly 10 years and 2 minutes older than me.

1971 - William Lawrence Bragg, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1890) He died exactly 1 minute before I entered the world.


Canada Day (formerly Dominion Day) - national holiday of Canada.
Moving Day in the province of Québec
Memorial Day in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day.
Surinam Keti Koti (Breaking of Chains) Day of Liberty; On July 1, 1863 slavery was abolished.
Bulgaria, July Morning tradition

and anyone else that would like to play

2 responded with...:

Pacian said...

So, in a certain sense you share a birthday with Cassini?

(Ignoring the fact that it did interesting things at Jupiter and elsewhere...)

Anonymous said...

"Breaking the Chains" how symbolic is that! As you break awareness to us about AIDS you are in a sense helping to break the chains of another type of slavery.