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September 15th – Today Isn’t Just My Birthday

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Today is September 15th and I’ve been sitting in front of the computer trying to figure out how I can get away with writing an article about my birthday without actually writing about myself. Well, after some Googling and Wikipedia searching, I realized I could just write about other people who share my same birthday.

And just my luck I found several actors, a Prince, a President, and an amazing author who all share my fabulous birthday. The list of people who I share my birthday with is a bit long, so I chose 5 people I know a little bit about. So let’s get to it then.

President William Howard Taft

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President William Howard Taft

President Taft was the 27th President of the United States of America. He was born September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was one of 6 children of Louisa Maria Torrey and Alphonso Taft. How about 3 fun facts then we will move on???

1. Taft attended Yale College and he was a member of the Skull and Bones secret society, which his father co-founded in 1832. (OH BOY – Do you think he woke up in a coffin like Paul Walker’s character in The Skulls?)

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The Skulls | 🙁 Paul Walker

2. Taft used a cane made of 250,000 year old petrified wood -> WHAT?!?!? Now that is an old cane!

3. President Taft was the first President to be buried in Arlington Cemetery and the first to have his funeral broadcasted on the radio. OH…. bonus fact: Taft was the last American President to have facial hair!

I do love weird fun facts about American Presidents!

Agatha Christie – Novelist 

Agatha Christie was born September 15, 1890 in Torguay, England. Christie is a famous mystery novelist who published her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in 1920. She is actually one of the most famous writers in history.

She is so famous that even The Doctor and Donna met her!

Agatha Christie was also a renowned playwright. Her works include The Hallow (1951), Verdict (1958), and The Mousetrap (1952). Additionally, several of her works have become popular movies, such as Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Death on the Nile (1978).

Tommy Lee Jones

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Men in Black

Tommy Lee Jones was born September 15, 1946 in San Saba, Texas. Fun Fact: Jones was Al Gore’s roommate for four years at Harvard. After graduating, Jones moved to NYC then to Hollywood, where he became an actor.

Jones became a household name after 1993’s The Fugitive, which was followed by more memorable performances in Men in Black, No Country for Old Men, and Lincoln (2012).

Those movies are all quality works of art, but I will admit that I am a fan of some of his not so great films from the 1990’s. Who can forget his villainous performance as Two-Face in Batman Forever??

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Batman Forever via Imgur

Or his heroic victory over lava in Volcano in 1997?

Or the sequel to The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals back in 1998?

Both of these films were disappointing at the box office, but I still love them. I will watch them whenever they are on tv. I can’t say much for my overall movie taste, but it is versatile.

Obviously, Tommy Lee Jones’ list of movies is much longer than what I have listed above, but hey you write about what you like and what you’ve seen, hence the above movies. He is an amazing actor though.

 Tom Hardy

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This Mean’s War via Tumblr

Edward Thomas “Tom” Hardy was born September 15, 1977 in Hammersmith, London, England. Tom’s first acting role was in Band of Brothers (2001), which is the series that brought him into the Hollywood spotlight. Following that performance, Tom starred in films such as Black Hawk Down (2001), Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Mad Max: Fury Road (2014).

Hardy was nominated for his first Oscar for his role in The Revenant (2015).

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The Revenant via GIPHY

This man has actually had quite a successful career in just a few short years. He is extremely talented and very versatile in his abilities. Hardy has the ability to play a love interest, a hero, a soldier, and a villain.

Actually, there is one particular movie that I really enjoy of his that isn’t among his most notable films, Lawless (2012). Tom Hardy starred in this film alongside Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska. Hardy made this film right after The Dark Knight Rises. Fun Fact: Hardy was still so buff after playing Bane that he had to put rocks in his sweater pockets so he slumped forward to look less menacing.

If you haven’t seen this movie, please do so it is really good. Especially if you really like movies that take place during prohibition.

I can’t wait to see what Tom Hardy does next.

And last but not least….

Prince Harry

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Prince Harry via Tumblr

Prince Harry was born September 15, 1984 in London, England. He was the second son to Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Diana. There are so many things I could write about this man, but I will keep it short. Yes, he served in the military until 2015. He ended his active military service as a Lieutenant. Now, Prince Harry volunteers for the army as a support for wounded servicemen, as well as devoting time to his Royal duties.

Honestly, Prince Harry is a pretty cool Royal. Yes, he’s gotten into some trouble in the past, but I think he’s more than made up for it. Perhaps, one day we might get to see another royal wedding.

Happy Birthday Prince Harry!

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Prince Harry

Well, I guess the last thing to say is HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON SEPTEMBER 15TH!

I know some of the folks above are not technically geek culture related, but I love fun facts about Presidents and I really love the Royal Family, so there you go. I hope everyone had a lovely day, I know I did.