Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Saturday Challenge- The Day Your Grandfather was Born

Randy Seaver's GeneaMusings: Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

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

Grandpa Wooster (Marion James Wooster) was born June 14, 1896, a Sunday.

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.

·      It is Flag Day, which is the holiday commemorating the adoption of the US flag.
·      In 1834, Sandpaper patented by Isaac Fischer Jr,  of Springfield, Vermont.
·      In 1847 Robert von Bunsen invents the Bunsen burner.
·      In 1900, having been annexed to the USA on 12 August 1898, Hawaii is constituted as an organised territory
·      In 1917 Gen Pershing & his HQ staff arrived in Paris during WW I.

Grandpa served under Pershing during the Mexican Border Wars in the years just prior to this.

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

·      In 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
·      In 1903 Alonzo Church, American Mathematician whose work provided foundation for computer science, born in Washington D.C.
·      In 1906 Margaret Bourke-White, photographer,1st female LIFE staff photographer, born in New York City.
·      In 1931 Marla Gibbs, actress (Florence-Jeffersons, Mary-227), born in Chicago,, Illinois.
·      In 1940  Jack Bannon, actor (Art in Lou Grant, Trauma Center), born in Los Angeles, California.

How did I find out these facts? Well, the way someone would find out anything they don’t know off the top of their heads- research. There is a phrase “Google is your friend.” Of course, in the old days, that is pre-Internet, I would have grabbed a copy of the World Almanac and looked up such things in there.

1 comment:

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

How very cool about the bunsen burner and Harriet Beecher Stowe! I enjoyed your post.