Friday, February 08, 2013

The Shortest Month

My Mom's mother's birthday was on a February 4th.

My daughter's birthday was on a February 3rd.

One of my grand children was born on February 3rd.

It made me wonder if perhaps February is the "busiest"of all birthday months.

Nope, what I discovered was that February is one of the least popular months for birthdays!  The least common birth date of the year is February 29th.   It's tied for last place with May 22nd.

More people have birthdays in August than any other (almost 10% of the population). The next most popular  birthday months are July and September.

(For those of you who are mathematically inclined, that means November and December are busy months for Mom and Dad.  The busiest day is New Year's Eve....making October 5th the most frequent birthday in the U.S.)

'Happy Birthday Mr. President"

Photo never seen until  recently
Without a doubt, the most spectacular version of "Happy Birthday" was sung by  actress and singer Marilyn Monroe on Saturday, May 19, 1962, for President John F. Kennedy at a celebration for this 45th birthday.

 It was one of her last public performances before she died on August 5, 1962. And according to a number of published reports, Monroe was allegedly having an affair with President Kennedy, which gave  her racy, intimate performance a whole new meaning.

Monroe’s dress is almost as famous as her performance that evening. The dress was so skintight, it was said that  Monroe had to be sewn into it.

 It sold at an auction in 1999 for a cool $1.26 million.