Today is rather exciting–not only is it Friday the Thirteenth, it’s my birthday. 🙂
I love keeping track of the birthdays of some of my favorite authors and celebrities, and celebrating if I can (which usually means reading or watching something relevant). Since it’s my birthday, I thought I’d share about some other birthdays.
January 18: Cary Grant, 1904 – My favorite actor, January 18th is the perfect opportunity to watch Bringing Up Baby or Arsenic and Old Lace.
January 19: Michael Crawford, 1942 – The original Phantom in London and on Broadway, I have enough of his CDs to spend an entire day listening to them.
March 17: Lawrence “Titus” Oates, 1880 – Titus went to the South Pole with Captain Scott, and is a major character in The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean. He also brings many people to this blog; his name is a frequent search term in WordPress’ stats.
April 23: William Shakespeare, 1564 – I once had a Shakespeare class which met on Shakespeare’s birthday. I brought cookies, even though I knew my professor wasn’t a Stratfordian.
June 9: Johnny Depp, 1963 – I have, erm, lots of movies on my shelf to choose from to celebrate Johnny’s birthday.
September 1: Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1875 – And I have even more books by Burroughs…
November 30: This one is interesting, because a remarkable number of my favorite people were born on this date – L. M. Montgomery (1874), Winston Churchill (also 1874!), Mark Twain (1835), William Bouguereau, my favorite painter (1825), and Mandy Patinkin (1952), who forever endeared himself to me as Inigo Montoya. It’s rather a busy day!
Do you celebrate the birthdays of anyone from history or literature? It’s fun–like putting extra holidays on the calendar!