How to See What Happened the Day You Were Born

Find out cool facts about your birthday, from top songs to world events


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Birthdays can be nostalgic occasions for a lot of us. We may peruse old photographs, reminisce about good times with friends, think about birthdays past and maybe even wonder about the day we were brought into this world.

If you're feeling sentimental about your birthday (whether it's tomorrow or not for another 11 months), you might want to check out our list to help you find  interesting things that happened when you were born — from important world events to the most popular movies in theaters.


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(This article appeared previously on Grandparents.com)

With thisdayinmusic.com, enter your birthday in the drop-down menu on the right and you can see notable events about well-known artists, like The Supremes and Bob Dylan, that occurred on or around your birthday from the '50s to today. Then, get more specific and find the No. 1 song in the U.S. on your exact birthday.


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The Farmer’s Almanac is well-known for predicting the weather for the next year, and now this beloved resource can also tell you what weather was like on your birthday. The Almanac created a birthday calculator that shows weather events, like snowstorms and hurricanes, that happened on the day you were born. As an added bonus, the calculator serves up some fun “birthday lore” and a horoscope.

Obscure National Holiday

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You’ve probably come across some wacky national holidays before, and maybe you’ve even celebrated with your kids or grandkids (National Ice Cream Day or Talk Like A Pirate Day, anyone?). It turns out there’s at least one crazy national day for every day of the year. Check out which one falls on your birthday here.

Historical Events

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Both The New York Times and The History Channel sites have compiled lists of important historical events corresponding to a specific date in the calendar year.

If you select May 20 on the Times page, for example, you'll find historical events, newspaper front pages and current and historic birthdays of famous people that occurred on May 20 each year back to the 1860s.

The History Channel’s “This Day in History” section gives a detailed account of one event with links to others on the side. The page defaults to today’s date, but you can select any date to see your birthday.

Life Path Number & More

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Delve into the obscure “sciences” of numerology and astrology with this fun Birthday Calculator. Just enter your birth date and find your life path number, which “represents who you are at birth and the native traits that will carry with you through life,” according to the site. Also find lucky numbers, days and other fun facts like your birth flower and what phase the moon was in when you were born.


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Remember when filling up your gas tank didn't almost break the bank? This time capsule will jog your memory. Put in your date of birth and see what it cost to buy a gallon of gas, a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs and more back then. The site also shows you top news headlines for the week, top songs, famous people who share the same birthday and even the hot new toys at the time.


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Movies were a big deal when you were growing up. They were the perfect way to spend a day or go on a date (and the popcorn didn’t cost almost $10 a pop). Relive the good old days of the silver screen and find out what the most popular movie was when you were born with this great index.

See the second table on the page for a list of the top-grossing movie for each year, starting in 1915. You can even see how much each movie raked in at the box office, and, for some, the production budget, too.

TV Shows

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You know the most popular shows from your childhood, but do you know the top TV show when you were born? Find out with this list of the top-rated shows from each year, from 1950 through 2000. Find the year you were born for the top 30 TV shows, or go through the years for a little dose of nostalgia.


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