Is my birthday (November 23rd) cool?

Yesterday was my birthday. I’m 29 years old today. However, something I’ve been thinking about for the majority of my life is this: Is my birthday cool?

Is my birthday considered something cool, as in, are cool people born on my birthday? (Aside from myself, obviously) Did any events of historical significance occur on my birthday? Did something generally amazing happen today?

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake (Photo credit: Will Clayton)

Today, on my 29th birthday, we’re going to get to the bottom of this.

First, let’s take a look at some of the people who were born on my birthday. A non-exhaustive list is as follows:
Billy The Kid: Infamous Wild West villain. Cool.
Salli Richardson – Wow…she was amazing on Eureka. I’d say it was cool.
Boris Karloff: He played Frankenstein’s creation. Very cool.
Miley Cyrus: She likes to get naked on wrecking balls. Not so cool.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: She likes to get naked and wreck men’s balls. Also not cool.

I also want to give a special shout out. At long last, I discovered that there is a famous person born on my own birthday in 1984, making her the same age as me. Her name is Amruta Khanvilkar, a Bollywood actress in India. I haven’t seen her work, so jury is out on whether or not it’s cool.

Next, we look at some historical events that happened on my birthday.

534 BC – Thespis of Icaria becomes the first recorded actor to portray a character onstage. COOL.
1584 – English parliament expels Jesuits (NOT COOL.)
1906 – Joseph Smith, leader of the Mormon Church, convicted of polygamy (HAHAHAHA)
1924 – Edwin Hubble’s scientific discovery that Andromeda, previously believed to be a nebula within our galaxy, is actually another galaxy, and that the Milky Way is only one of many such galaxies in the universe, was first published in a newspaper. ALSO COOL.
1936 – Life magazine is reborn as a photo magazine and enjoys instant success. VERY COOL.
1939 “Wearing distinctive armband, “”Judenstern”” (Jewish star) becomes obligatory for all Jews in Central Poland.” NOT COOL
1960 – Tinseltown dedicated its Walk of Fame at Hollywood Blvd & Vine St (Totally cool…I mean, I try to avoid the place like the plague but hey, it’s the shrine of awesome for Celebrities.)
1963 – “Doctor Who” the long-running British sci-fi series debuts in England (VERY FUCKING COOL!!!! And apparently 11/23 is a sacred day among the Whovians.)
1963 – JFK’s body lay in repose in East Room of White House. (Not cool.)
1980 – 4,800 die in series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy. (*Not very cool either.)
2004 – World of Warcraft was created, which is still the most popular MMO to date. (Awesomely cool)
2011 – Arab Spring: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, The Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh Signs a deal to transfer power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity. (Totally cool….I think.)
2013 – Pop Band One Direction declares day “Global 1D Day.” (WTFBBQ?!?!?! SO NOT COOL)

A few people also died on my birthday, such as the following:

1990 – Roald Dahl (Ouch. But honestly, he wrote James and The Giant Peach, so this is a neutral.)
2012 – Larry Hagman, American actor and director (b. 1931)

FUN FACT: November 23rd is the earliest day that Black Friday can fall on. I myself was born on Black Friday.

At the end of it all, I can now safely conclude that my birthday….is actually pretty cool. Sure there’s some bad parts, but some really cool people were born today (aside from myself, of course) and cool things happened too.


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