Borrowed from Angelo, as a momentary distraction:
Go to Wikipedia. Type in your birth date (but not year). List three events that happened on your birthday. List two important birthdays and one interesting death. Post this in your journal.
1889 - The Eiffel Tower is inaugurated.
1918 - Daylight Savings Time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.
1967 - Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar for the first time at London's Astoria Theatre. He is sent to the hospital afterwards for burns on his hands. Sweet!
1948 - Al Gore, Vice President of the United States
1971 - Ewan McGregor, Scottish actor (for those who doubted that it was meant to be)
I defy someone to beat this for depressing birthday-death:
1945 - Anne Frank, German-born diarist (b. 1929)