This post was on the Genea-Musings blog by Randy Seaver on Saturday 14 March 2015 – Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — The Date Your Grandmother Was Born
Although it’s a week late, here are my answers to his questions.
What day of the week was your grandmother born? How did you find out?
Ivy May Harley was born 6 September 1890, which was a Saturday. I use Legacy Family Tree, so I can look up the day any event occurred by using the built in Calendar.
What event was a headline in the newspapers on that date? Tell us how you found out.
Since my grandmother was born in a suburb of Melbourne, and one of the newspapers from Melbourne is available online, I decided to have a look at the online issues at Trove. http://trove.nla.gov.au/
To find the issue for the 6 September 1890 on the main page, I selected Digitised Newspapers and More.
Then I clicked on the drop down list under by Date, until I found 1890, then I selected the month, September, and then the date, 6. Then I chose the newspaper – The Argus, Melbourne,Viic 1848-1957
Generally, headlines are on the 1st page of the newspaper – The Argus was quite different – headlines were on page 9. These included
Great Fire at Salonica
Serious Flooding in Bohemia Prague Inundated. Many lives lost.
Arrest of Moussa Bey,
The Eisteddford. .
Proposed Memorial to Cardinal Newman
The Cholera Outbreak at Natal
3) What has happened in recorded history on your Grandmother’s birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.
To find this out I opened Google Chrome. This automatically comes up with a box where I then searched Google for “events in history 6 September”. One of the results was Historical Events on 6th September at HistoryOrb.com. These were 5 events I found.
1492 – Columbus’ fleet leaves Gomera, Canary islands
1620 – The Mayflower departs Plymouth, England with 102 Pilgrims and about 30 crew for the New World
1715 – Pro-James III-uprising in Scotland
1880 – Commencement of 1st Test Cricket in England, v Australia at The Oval
1997 – Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales
4) What famous people have been born on your Grandmother’s birth date? Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.
1888 – Joseph P Kennedy, diplomat, father of JFK, RFK & Teddy, born in Boston, Massachusetts
1912 – Vincent DiMaggio, baseball player (Giants, Phils, Reds, Braves)
1943 – George Roger Waters, Cambridge England, rock bassist and vocalist (Pink Floyd-Brick in the Wall)
1961 – Simon Reeve, Australian journalist
1974 – Nina Persson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)