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It’s my birthday today. I’m now 22 years old. And thanks to the Star Trek calendar hanging on my wall, I’ve discovered that today is also LeVar Burton’s birthday. After doing a bit of research, I found several people with whom I share a birthday. They are, in descending order of awesomeness:

LeVar Burton (1957) American actor and director, played Kunta Kinte on Roots, Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and hosted the children’s show Reading Rainbow on PBS

Christopher Eccleston (1964) English actor, played the ninth incarnation of the Doctor on Doctor Who

Sonny Bono (1935 – January 5, 1998) American singer, actor and politician, one half of former married couple and singing group Sonny and Cher, former California representative and the only member of Congress in history to have had a #1 pop single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart

Jeremy Bulloch (1945) American actor, played Bobba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

Ice-T (1958) American hip-hop singer and actor, plays Det. Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on Law & Order: SVU

Kim Jong-il (1941) Supreme Leader, “Dear Leader,” communist dictator, deranged despot, mentally unsound tyrant, and leader of the famine-plagued bankrupt rogue state and modern dystopia of North Korea. Also, his birthday is one of the country’s largest annual celebrations and basically the national holiday, so I guess I have the dubious honor of sharing my birthday festivities with those of the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Then again, the date of Feb. 16 is part of the official story of Kim’s birth, which also says that he was born in a log cabin at his father’s guerrilla base on North Korea’s highest mountain, Mt. Paektu, and that his birth was foretold by a swallow and heralded by the appearance of a double rainbow over the mountain and a new star in the heavens, so I wouldn’t count on the accuracy of that date too much.

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Posted February 16, 2011 by benjaminsapiens in cool, personal

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