Life Beyond Medicine

26

That is how old I get today.

Like any other narcissistic academic, I looked up my birthday in history to see what it was like, in the past, and a lot of events of note have marked this day. But unfortunately, most of them are dreary and gory matters…

Nero_1In 68 AD, Nero, the Roman Emperor was driven to suicide by uprisings galore on this day. Even as a band of soldiers rode up to him to execute him with public beating, the artist-tyrant emperor quoted Iliad and drove a dagger through his throat: “Hark, now strikes on my ear the trampling of swift-footed coursers!”

Stonewall_Jackson

This day is important for American Civil War historians, for quite a few important events took place. In 1862, Stonewall Jackson completed his successful Shenandoah Valley Campaign, an act that Military academics still study as a model, even today.

On this day in 1870, master wordsmith, and one of my favorite authors (in my high school days), Charles Dickens succumbed to a stroke which he had suffered a day previously, from which he never regained consciousness.

Birsa_Munda,_photograph_in_Roy_(1912-72)

In 1900, one of the earliest martyrs of the battle of Indian independence, Birsa Munda was found dead in Ranchi Prison under mysterious circumstances. Considering that he was only 25 years old and an active threat to the British Imperialists, there have been speculations of a planned assassination hatched by conspiration theorists for a long time. While historically, there has been little in the way of condemning evidence, the fact that he had a Prophet like following was indeed a strong motive for the British overlords to want him out of the way!

GeorgeMallory

In 1924, attempting the first ascent of the Mount Everest for the second time, George Mallory and his partner, Sandy Irvine were lost in the bid. In what remains one of the most famous stories of the Mountaineering world, Mallory had said that he wanted to scale the Everest because it was there…

George_Wells_Beadle

Jumping to closer to today, George Wells Beadle, of the Beadle and Tatum fame, Nobel laureates in Medicine for discovering the role of genes in regulating the working of the cells, passed away on this day. I find it rather unbelievable that on the day of my nativity, a genius such as him passed away…

MFHussain

And even closer, a few hours ago, at 0230 hours, the Picasso of India, artist Maqbool Fida Hussain passed away.

Its not all gloom and doom though. Several prominent people share my birthday. I know it doesn’t say anything about them or me, but then again, it sure would be cool to tell Johnny Depp or Sonam Kapoor that we share the same birthday when I next run into them! So, here is a list of the celebs that were born on the same day as me:

Donald Fauntleroy Duck: 1934
Duck, Entertainer

Donald Duck1.gif

 

Jon Lord: 1941
Pianist: Deep Purple, Whitesnake

 

Kiran Bedi: 1949
Social Activist, ex-Police Officer

 

Johnny Depp: 1963
Actor, Musician, Dancer extraordinaire of the Flutterwacken

 

Andrew Symonds: 1975
Cricketer, Australia

Andrew Symonds

 

Ameesha Patel: 1975
Bollywood Actress

 

Miroslav Klose: 1978
Footballer par excellence, Germany

 

Natalie Portman: 1981
American Actress, HOT!

 

Alektra Blue: 1983
American Pornstar, HOTTER!

 

Wesley Sneijder: 1984
Footballer, The Netherlands

wesley sneijder 2010. Wesley Sneijder

Sonam Kapoor: 1985 (the very same day as me!)
Bollywood actress

So, it’s not all a loss, eh?

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