Birthday meme

I got tagged for this by Mulier Fortis and the Roman Miscellany. Instructions are:
  1. Go to Wikipedia
  2. In the search box, type your birth month and day but not the year.
  3. List three events that happened on your birthday
  4. List two important birthdays and one death
  5. One holiday or observance (if any)
Three events
  • 1858 - The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society. (I was born on the centenary!)
  • 1916 - First day on the Somme: On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 20,000 soldiers of the British Army are killed and 40,000 wounded.
  • 1991 - The Warsaw Pact is officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague.
Two birthdays
  • 1633 - Johann Heinrich Heidegger, Swiss theologian (d. 1698)
  • 1967 - Pamela Anderson, Canadian model and actress
I was going to look for a picture of the latter on the internet but as there were only 6½ million results from google, I thought I probably wouldn't be able to find anything suitable.

Also - 1961 - Diana, Princess of Wales, (d. 1997) (but I knew that already so that doesn't count)

One death
251 - Decius, Roman Emperor (b. 207) (Perhaps the most savage persecutor of Christians.)

One holiday or observance
Canada Day (formerly Dominion Day) - national holiday of Canada.

It is also Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day but that doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

OK, I tag Ma Beck, Fr Stephanos, and Aaron.

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