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Random: Today's "Wiki Meme" Rage... 
6th-Apr-2006 11:06 pm
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Go to Wikipedia, look up your birth day (minus year), and chose 3 facts, 2 births and a death:

(April 25th – The Feast of St. Mark)

(I couldn't decide between these first five: they all appeal:)

1719 - Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is published.
1944 - The United Negro College Fund is incorporated.
1945 - Elbe Day: United States and Russian troops meet in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in two, a milestone in the approaching end of World War II in Europe.
1945 - Fifty nations gather in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations.
1953 - Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid describing the double helix structure of DNA.

1214 - Saint King Louis IX of France (d. 1270) (the Saint Louis)
1908 - Edward R. Murrow, American journalist (d. 1965)

1770 - Jean-Antoine Nollet, French abbot and physicist (b. 1700) (A father of electrical science, he must not have gotten the memo from the American press that science and religion are incompatible....)
7th-Apr-2006 04:24 am (UTC)
1. Yay Defoe!
2. Crick and Watson get on my last nerve -- they swiped data from a Mawrter.
7th-Apr-2006 04:56 am (UTC)
7th-Apr-2006 05:08 am (UTC)
Yes, though I can't find the specific info at the mo (so I may be conflating with Rosalind Franklin...)
7th-Apr-2006 05:14 am (UTC)
Huh. Still, that would be one of those scientific scandals that I would expect to hear more about. And want to see some dramatic anti-plagiarism steps taken: I wonder if the title/honor of a Nobel could be publicly revoked?

Side Note: among the birthdays was also that of Oliver Cromwell, but I'd never give the bastard even that little the satisfaction, with this off-post citation only done so that I could rhetorically stomp on him. (I was rather disgusted to see the extent to which he'd destroyed the physical remains of Irish Catholicism as I toured the countryside my first time over....)
7th-Apr-2006 05:17 am (UTC)
Well, what I do remember of that Nobel debacle is that it was one of those grey-area cases where it was a race to publish, and it's very hard to prove much. But my quick dip into Bryson's Short History does remind me that they portrayed Franklin in an extremely unflattering light, and basically women in science have never been treated particularly well, certainly not in mid-century.

I'm snickering at your sidenote. Crazy Roundheads.
7th-Apr-2006 04:59 am (UTC)
And yes, Crusoe is such a spiritual book, in a form characteristic of its times, and having read the beautiful, fun thing, I'm always put out by how it's adapted and censored for film.
7th-Apr-2006 05:09 am (UTC)
Oddly, I must confess to being more fond of Moll Flanders and the weirdly-incomplete Roxana, which are rather more morally troubling.
7th-Apr-2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Having read neither, I really don't have much to say about that. "Oh...."
7th-Apr-2006 05:19 am (UTC)
Well, here are the full titles, which are rather useful:

1. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Etc. Who was born in Newgate, and during a life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest and died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums.

2. Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress Or, a History of the Life and Vast Variety of Fortunes of Mademoiselle De Beleau, Afterwards Called the Countess De wintselshei.
7th-Apr-2006 06:00 am (UTC)
Those are useful! (Sorry, I had to step away. Laundry.) Well, clearly those are keeping you busy enough: I had had the idle thought at Collector's Edge that "Maybe Emily needs a Green Lantern care package: I wonder if she knows about all this stuff with Hal...."
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