What Happened The Year You Were Born

While there is a very strong US bias in the events, this is an interesting exercise.

In XXXX (the year you were born)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is president of the US

DNA, the basic genetic material of the cell, is found by scientists at the Rockefeller Institute

D-Day, the Normandy invasion of Europe by the US and the Allies begins

US forces land at Leyte, in the Philippines

President Roosevelt signs the GI Bill giving education and housing benefits to veterans

A tip leads the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse where they find Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family

Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the only U.S. president to be elected to a fourth term

Jimmy Page, Jerry Springer and Diana Ross are born

St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series

Green Bay Packers win the NFL championship

Montreal Canadians win the Stanley Cup

Pippi Longstocking is published in Sweden

6 Responses

  1. My favorite event from the year of my birth was the outbreak of the Second Punic War.

    I may have to steal that line :) :)


  2. Wow. Marilyn Monroe was found dead the year i was born… i’d love to claim that i was her in my prior life, but that would be hallucinatory on my part…

    Never – I am convinced you are MM reincarnated!


  3. same year as Fabio and Henry Rollins :-)

    Henry Rollins? WOW!


  4. Dwight Eisenhower is president of the US

    First civil rights bill since Reconstruction to protect blacks’ voting rights is approved by Congress

    Hurricane “Audrey” destroys Cameron, Louisiana killing 390 people

    National Guardsmen bar nine black students from entering previously all white Central High School in Little Rock

    Russians launch Sputnik I, first earth orbiting satellite

    The FBI arrests Jimmy Hoffa and charges him with bribery

    Vanna White, Osama bin Laden, Sid Vicious, and Melanie Griffith are born

    Milwaukee Brewers win World Series

    Detroit Lions win NFL championship

    Montreal Canadiens win Stanley Cup

    On the Road by Jack Kerouac is published

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss is published

    The Cat in the Hat? And were you raised on a diet of Green Eggs and Ham?


  5. Harry Truman is president of the US

    The first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly opens

    During a speech in Missouri, Churchill declares an “iron curtain” has descended across Europe

    The bikini two-piece bathing suit is introduced, named after the “ultimate impact” of the atomic testing in Bikini Atoll

    A strike by 400,000 mine workers and other industries begins

    Congress passes the Atomic Energy Act

    Cher, Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg, and Bill Clinton are born

    St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series

    Chicago Bears win the NFL championship

    Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

    B.B. King’s musical career begins

    So it was before the Second Punic War – – –


  6. You’re dead.

    Not yet – :)


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