Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: What Happened on Your Mother’s Birth Date?

It’s a HOT Saturday in Tucson – 110 degrees – but I have a fun Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge to complete and help take my mind off how darn hot it is and will be for the coming week.

Here is Randy Seaver’s theme for this week:

1)  What day was your Mother born? Where was she born?  What day of the week was it?  Tell us how you found out.

My mother, Doris Priscilla Adams, was born on 7 June 1923, so would have celebrated her 98th birthday a few days if she was still with us. She passed away in 2008.

She was born on a Thursday, which I found with a search engine, and was delivered by my grandfather’s cousin, Dr. Ralph Stuart, in Calais, Washington, Maine.

My grandparents were living in Massachusetts at the time, so they had either rented a summer cottage for a couple of weeks or else were staying with my great grandparents.

I am guessing that my mother might have been born in the Adams family home on Calais Avenue, right in town, rather than out in Red Beach, where the Colemans lived.

I don’t know the exact time my mother was born, but once she commented that they weren’t sure if she was actually born on the 7th. I am taking that to mean she might have been born just before midnight on the 6th or just after midnight on the 8th. However, she always celebrated on 7 June.

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

Events in history that happened on 7 June don’t appear to have been super exciting.

In 1498, Columbus sailed on his third voyage.

in 1909, Mary Pickford made her movie debut in a real biggie, The Violin Maker of Cremona. (Ever hear of it? Me, neither!)

In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother visited the U.S. – the first visit ever by a reigning British monarch.

In 1955, “The $64,000 Question” premiered on television.

In 1968, Legoland Billund, the original Legoland park,  opened in Billund, Denmark.

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

I again used a search engine to find famous birthdays. I chose people my mother would have heard of:

Tom Jones, singer, 1940
Dean Martin, actor & singer, 1917
Paul Gauguin, artist, 1848
Liam Neeson, actor, 1976
Jessica Tandy, actress 1909

I have to admit on the list of so called “famous” people that I found, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of at least half of them!

Thanks, Randy, for this week’s challenge. Hmm, will next week’s topic cover our fathers???

5 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: What Happened on Your Mother’s Birth Date?”

  1. Great list! And, like you, a lot of the famous people on the list I found were new to me.

    As an aside, 110º!! I seem to recall when my sister was living in Tucson that she actually got used to those temps…not sure I could ever have adapted…and in Ontario it regularly hit 100º when I was growing up.

  2. That’s a nice list of people with the same birth date. I adore Tom Jones! I always remembered that he was born in 1940, the same year as my mother.

    Can you not find out what exact time your mother was born? There should be birth certificates for that period in Maine, shouldn’t there?

  3. Tom Jones was one of my mother’s favorite entertainers. She and my dad went up to Tahoe often to see him perform.

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