Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – The Day Your Grandfather Was Born

Randy Seaver has issued the newest challenge for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.

We are to share the following information about the day one of our grandfathers was born. I decided to share both because not many famous people were born on their birthdays and not much of interest happened in history either.

1)  What day of the week was your Grandfather born (either one)? Tell us how you found out.

Both my grandfathers were born in May and both on Wednesdays. George Kucharik was born 24 May 1893 and Vernon Tarbox Adams was born 3 May 1899.

I found the day of the week by googling “what day was  . . .”

2) What has happened in recorded history on your Grandfather’s birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

I looked up OnThisDay for historical information.

May 3:
1960 – Anne Frank House in Amsterdam opens. I’ve been there.
1978 – First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (“spam”) is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast
1980 – Willie McCovey hits his last home run – #521
1997 – Garry Kasparov begins a chess game playing against the IBM super computer Deep Blue.
1995 – Oklahoma City was hit by an F5 tornado

May 24:
1930 – Babe Ruth hit two home runs in a doubleheader, giving him 9 home runs on one week
1943 – Admiral Donitz stopped a U-boat in the Atlantic Ocean
1951 – Racial segregation in Washington DC restaurants was ruled illegal
1958 – UP and the International News Service merged to become UPI
1964 – The Beatles made their 3rd appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

3)  What famous people have been born on your Grandfather’s birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

Google to the rescue again for this question. “Who was born on. . .?”

May 3:
Bing Crosby – 1901
James Brown – 1933
Frankie Valli – 1934
I couldn’t even find five for this date- the rest of the “famous” people were people I have never heard of!

May 24:
Queen Victoria – 1819
Tommy Chong – 1938
Bob Dylan – 1941
Patti LaBelle – 1944
Priscilla Presley – 1945


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