It Wasn’t Just the Day of Your Birth: AP IV BLOG PROMPT

Visit the This Day in History website.

When you get there, click the “View Calendar” link. It’s right underneath the date:

View Calendar

Scroll through the calendar and select your birthday. Read about the historical events that happened on your birthday throughout history. There will be many. Pick one that interests you. Do some additional research about that event. Then write about what you learned on your blog.

In my opinion, birthdays have always been made to be quite anticlimactic. A day in a person’s life that is no different than any other day but is treated as if it were some unholy day. That’s not to say that I don’t understand the want to have a day specifically designed to commemorate and appreciate a person, and that there’s no better time than the day that this person entered the world. However, it’s often times just a little bit too theatrical for my taste. We tend to forget that our birth dates are just like any other dates on the calendar; many other important events, that same exact day in history.

After some research, I’ve found several interesting moments in history that were on the same date as my birthday, January 12. One date traces back to 1919, the World War I era. This was one of the more significant events where “the leaders of the Big Four Nations [met] for the first time in Paris.” This all leads to a little throwback to World History class. This meeting consisted of the “Big Four” which includes “British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, Prime Ministers Georges Clemenceau of France and Vittorio Orlando of Italy and President Woodrow Wilson of the United States.” I thought that their meeting was especially interesting because it is the first out of over 100 meetings and served to be a peace conference.

During this time, there were several meetings such as the Paris Peace Conference that were made for the purpose of coming to peaceful terms amongst the central powers. However, on the specific date of January 12, 1919, the heads of the four most powerful countries– Great Britain, France, Italy and the United States– met independently. Each country and their corresponding representative were influential to resolving and figuring out solutions to the aftermath of World War I. Furthermore, the Treaty of Versailles as well as the League of Nations were both established at the Paris Peace Conference which was primarily dominated by the heads of the four nations. They pushed for the new ideas like a creation of a League of Nations. These four men meeting for the first time created domino effect of events that has led us to this year with the world we live in today and for how it is now.


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