Here's one to commemorate my half-birthday.
Type your birthday date (minus the year) in the Wikipedia search engine. List 5 events that occurred on that day. List 5 births, 5 deaths, 5 holidays and events.
On February 19th:
197 – Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.
1600 – The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.
1847 – The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.
1945 – World War II: Battle of Iwo Jima – about 30,000 United States Marines land on the island of Iwo Jima.
2002 – NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
1473 – Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer
1855 – Nishinoumi Kajirō I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 16th Yokozuna
1924 – Lee Marvin, American actor
1940 – Smokey Robinson, American singer
1962 – John Laroche, American orchid poacher
1670 – King Frederick III of Denmark
1837 – Thomas Burgess, English author, philosopher, Bishop of Saint David's and Bishop of Salisbury
1927 – Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer
1988 – André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, Nobel laureate
2008 – Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress
Five Holidays and Events:
Christian Feast Day: Barbatus of Benevento
Christian Feast Day: Conrad of Piacenza
Christian Feast Day: February 19 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
Flag Day, the birthday of the President Saparmurat Niyazov, established in 1997 (Turkmenistan)
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