- What day of the week were you born?
- What has happened in recorded history on your birth date (day and month)? List five events.
- What famous people were born on your birth date?
I used the Wolfram-Alpha search engine to answer all of these. Wolfram-Alpha is different from search engines like Google in that it delivers computations and factual information rather than linking out to external resources. It's not a resource I use often, but I decided to try it for this challenge, and I was able to answer all three questions with a single search.
I typed the date (month, day, and year) into Wolfram-Alpha's search box and received a page telling me not only day of the week, but other interesting facts such as time difference from today, official holidays or observances (if any), events taking place (including famous people born), anniversaries falling, and time of sunrise/sunset.
1. October 6 of the year I was born (I'm not telling which year) was a Tuesday.
2. As mentioned above, Wolfram-Alpha lists events and anniversaries taking place on a given date. Here are five for October 6th:
- 1769 - Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand
- 1889 - Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture
- 1908 - Austria annexes Bosnia and Herzegovina
- 1927 - 'Jazz Singer' premieres
- 1949 - Mutual Defense Assistance Act is signed
- 2000 - Slobodan Milosevic resigns
- 1981 - Anwar Sadat is assassinated
- 1979 - first pope to visit the White House
- 1887 - Le Corbusier (architect)
- 1914 - Thor Heyerdahl (explorer)
- 1970 - Amy Jo Johnson (actress - seems best known as 'The Pink Range' in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)