The Birthday Jinx: On This Day In History

On this day in history, April 19th, a lot of horrific events have happened over the years. Events no one wants to associate with celebration, certainly not this birthday jinx. Tragic events. If you share a birthday with this historically jinxed day, do you celebrate, or hide and hope that nothing else bad happens?

The Birthday Jinx #ThisIs49

Fact, today is my birthday. I’ve been somewhat in hiding all day trying to avoid the birthday jinx. This has nothing (OK, almost nothing) to do with my age. I don’t want the birthday jinx to hit again. On this day in history, April 19th, a lot of horrific stuff has happens and I’d like to skip that this year. So, I’m skipping my birthday and I hope everyone can respect that in light of all of the bad shit that happens in the world these days.


Not really. Let’s review.

  • April 19, 1775 – It was the Shot Heard Round the World and that didn’t really work out well. War, in my humble opinion, never does. (BUT, that was a long time ago; it was a one time thing, and I wasn’t alive. It has no bearing on present day life. Right? WRONG.)
  • April 19, 1993 – The FBI’s siege on the Waco Compound leaves 76 dead. I was at work, getting ready to celebrate.
  • April 19, 1995 – The Oklahoma City Bombing kills 168 people, including children. Way too many children. I was sitting at a tanning salon waiting to get my tan on before heading out to celebrate.
  • April 20, 1999 (OK, it’s too close not to mention) – A mass shooting at Columbine High School leaves 15 dead. I was hung over from celebrating the night before.

So, here’s the thing. Other than the first one (come’on, I’m not that old), I’ve lived through these events. On my birthday. I’m not trying to make this, the mass loss of life, about me. All I’m trying to say is that maybe if we skip this day, my annual day of celebration, nothing bad will happen. Let’s skip today. Let’s skip the violence and ugliness in the world. At least for one day; let’s make today that day so that we can possibly break the chain. It’s a bad day in history that I don’t care to celebrate.

So, I removed my birthday from Facebook. I removed it from my calendar. We aren’t celebrating. Instead, we’ll remember the many loses of life that happened, horrifically and needlessly, on this day in history, and we’ll celebrate the lives they lived instead.

Not your typical “Happy Birthday to Me” post, but this is not your typical day in history. Today, let’s celebrate being the change and do something about this fearful world we live in for our children’s sakes, shall we?

About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 28 to 9. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. My daughter’s birthday is tomorrow so she shares the jinx with you. I figure the jinx is balanced out by the births of you and Ryan. <3
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  2. Kelly Poole says:

    I respect everyone’s right to celebrate their life and the day they started it in the manner they choose. But I wanted to share with you that I personally do not feel your day is marred based on the negative historic events that occurred. Forgive me if I speak out of turn; but I would like to think that when your birth was awaited, anxiously, excitedly by your parents, it wasn’t with what horrific events in future history would coincided with their magical day. That being said, here are some other events that correlate with your birthday that may interest you :

    1897- 1st Boston Marathon, won by John J McDermott. …2:55:10. Becomes the world’s oldest marathon.

    1900- Highest scoring opening game; Phils beat Braves 19-17 in 10th

    1901- Philippines, recently captured insurgent leader Emilio Aguinaldo issues a proclamation advising his countrymen to end their rebellion and use Peaceful means to work with the US towards independence.

    1909- Joan of Arc receives beatification by the Roman Catholic Church

    1932- President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week.

    1949- Yankees dedicate a plaque to Babe Ruth

    1982- Sally Ride announced as the 1st woman astronaut

    1994- Rodney King awarded $3,800,000. for compensation for his police beating

    2011- Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

    So anyway, I just wanted you to know I respect your feelings but the day you blessed the world is so much more than the subsequent coincidental negative events that took place which you had nothing to do with. For my part, you are a bright spot in an otherwise at times very ugly world. I know the day I was born as is everyone’s is marked in subsequent years by tragedy. I don’t feel it is a bad thing to live your life , and celebrate it, to me that is the greatest gift and honor you can give to those whose lives were marked by this date.

    • Thank you, friend. I do celebrate quietly and I know there are good things (other than that Phillies beating the Braves thing – that sucks). I respect your optimism and the fact that you respect my right to celebrate in my own way. 🙂