If Today, January 21st,  is Your Birthday……


you share it with American Businessman and Philanthropist Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. See…





Today,  as the world celebrates the memory of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Day

Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen is also celebrating his 55th birthday.


 Paul Gardner Allen was born on January 21, 1953 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington to Kenneth Samuel (Sam) and Edna Faye (Faye) Allen. I’m not sure what he’s doing today, but I’m guessing that he’s probably already picked out his birthday present:











On the day that Paul Allen was born, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sat in the Oval office for the first day of his term, scientist James Watson was about a month away from announcing the discovery of the double helix—DNA—along with partner, Francis Crick, http://img.timeinc.net/time/80days/images/530228.jpg

and in Seattle—big surprise—it was raining. (Seattle Times)


The world was different in 1953—a gallon of milk cost 94 cents and milkmen would hand-deliver it in glass bottles to your door. Bread cost 16 cents a loaf, the average home cost around $17,400. and a U.S. postage stamp would set you back only 3 cents! Sounds good, except that the average annual salary was only around $4,000.



In 1953, Elizabeth II was crowned Queen at Westminster Abbey in England, and that year pilot Chuck Yeager was the first to exceed twice the speed of sound in an X-1A rocket plane.


Allen shares his January 21st birthday with a number of celebrities:


Actress Geena Davis, who was born in 1956;

Designer Christian Dior, born in 1905;

Singer Placido Domingo, born in Madrid in 1941;

Comedian Benny Hill, born 1924;

Golf phenom Jack Nicklaus, born 1940;

Singer Emma Bunton “Baby Spice” born 1976;

and Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson born 1824.


Soviet leader Lenin died on January 21, 1924 as did author Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) in 1950.


If today is your birthday, you’re an Aquarius and your birthstone is Garnet; and if you share Allen’s January 21, 1953 birthday, you were born in the Year of the Dragon in Chinese Astrology (which is a very lucky sign, indeed. According to this sign, your ideal job would be king…  🙂 see…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_(zodiac)


Finally, if today is your birthday, you’re in luck—today has been declared “National Hugging Day”—no kidding……




Happy Birthday!!! 🙂