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Shared Birthdays

Posted by Bola Egunjobi on October 16, 2009

I had a phone call from my friend Kazeem K. this morning. Kazeem is a great friend from my days at University. He called to wish me a happy birthday (which was a couple of days ago).

Talking to Kazeem, I remembered that I was wrong to think that no two people in my immediate acquaintance share the same birthday except me and my new nephew who was born this Wednesday. Kazeem’s son, now 16, was also born on 14th October.

Of course, I’ve always been aware of a few public people who also share my birthday, including Karyn White (the American R&B singer) and Steve Coogan (the British comedian – alias Alan Partridge) who were born in the same year as me, and others including: Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Roger Moore, Dwight D Eisenhower (34th President of the United States from Jan 20 1953 to Jan 20 1961), Usher Raymond (American R&B singer).

It is not surprising that anyone will share their birthday with many public people: there are just 365 days in a year, and 6 billion people alive today. So everyone of us shares our birth day & month with 100s of millions of others, and even our birth date (year, month & day) with a very lot of people. There are websites out there these days that will show you which public figures share your birthday.

The best one I found is History Orb which searches back to the year 1257(!) for 14th October and comes up with 240 results!!

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