How Can You Find the History of What Happened on Your Birthday?


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Historical events occurring on your birthday may be found on MyBirthdayFacts.com, the Library of Congress Today in History Archive or on The New York Times On This Day online database, as of November 2015. The Logan, Utah, Public Library offers a comprehensive online list of sources to find out what happened historically on any particular day.

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Go to MyBirthdayFacts.com, and enter your birth date in the search box, and then click Set. On August 4, 1959, for example, the price of gas was 30 cents, the most popular movie was “North by Northwest,” and the number one pop song was “A Big Hunk o’ Love” by Elvis Presley.

Navigate to the Today in History Archive of the Library of Congress, and follow the steps to search the history archive by date. The Library of Congress provides historical information for noteworthy events for a particular day. On August 4, 1753, George Washington became a Master Mason, the highest rank in the fraternity known as Freemasonry.

The New York Times historical database offers information about historic events on defined dates, but also adds an image of the newspaper headlines reflecting that event. For instance, on August 4, 1914, Britain issued a declaration of war on Germany, while at the same time United States decided to remain neutral. Eventually, the United States would reverse that position.

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