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!

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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6 Responses to Birthdays!

  1. Happy Belated Birthday 🙂

  2. megwrites says:

    I hope you have had a lovely birthday! I think my kids could get really into this idea of celebrating many different people’s birthdays throughout the year. When you’re a kid, more cake always equals a good thing, right? Once we celebrated their 6 and 3/4, 4 and 1/2 and 2 1/2 year old birthdays by making a cake and inviting friends over! It was a fun impulse, but not necessarily a tradition I want to start.

  3. dianem57 says:

    What an unusual coincidence that L.M. Montgomery and Winston Churchill share the exact same birthday! Was she aware of that? Hope you have a very happy birthday

    • I thought that was pretty amazing when I realized it! I’ve read all of her Selected Journals and published letters, but I don’t recall her ever referencing Churchill at all, let alone commenting on their birthdays. She followed World War I closely so she must have been aware of him then. By World War II, she’d mostly stopped writing her journal and letters, so little opportunity to comment then. I guess it’s a mystery if she knew!

  4. Carl V. says:

    Well first and foremost, a very Happy Birthday to you! And on Friday the 13th to boot! You must celebrate with either watching a scary/supersitious film or at least walking under a ladder or two, or opening an umbrella indoors. 🙂

    Great list of birthdays. You listed two of my most favorite Cary Grant movies. I think both of them are brilliant. I would add Holiday to that list because I like him and Katherine Hepburn in that one as well. But there are so many Cary Grant movies that I love.

    Funny that you included Crawford as I got the overwhelming urge last night to spend some time with his Christine, Sarah Brightman. I hadn’t enjoyed my SB DVD’s for a long time and I pulled out Symphony and watched it before bed last night. Just love her.

    I need to get back to reading A Princess of Mars this weekend. I left off mid-way through my re-read to get caught up in the reading for the things I’m hosting, but now I actually have a little time I could go ahead and finish it. I’m enjoying it every bit as much this time.

    I hope you spend the whole weekend celebrating and being celebrated for your special day. 🙂

    • Thanks for the birthday wishes! Funnily enough, I actually did open an umbrella inside today…it wasn’t a deliberate flouting of superstition, it just happened to be raining this morning. 🙂 I’ll have to watch out for black cats!

      Cary Grant is one of those actors who’s just wonderful in pretty much everything, isn’t he? 🙂 And Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn…can’t go wrong there! Love Philadelphia Story too.

      Have fun with Princess of Mars! I reread it last summer. It also hasn’t been too long since I read Fighting Man, my favorite, but it’s been ages on the others…I’ll have to do something about that! After I get through all these fairy tales I have stacked up, of course…

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