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February 14, 2014

Find your birthday matches

ASHLAND — On Feb. 12, 1992, approximately 11,189 were born. They came from different races, countries and continents, but together they shared one thing — their birthday.

I was one of those 11,189 lucky people.

Until I began working for The Independent, I had only known one person to share this day with me.

Since I was little I was fascinated with government. When I learned Abraham Lincoln shared my birthday, he instantly became my favorite president.

I’m almost positive that despite his accomplishments as the 16th U.S. president, my adoration was solely based on him being born in Kentucky on Feb. 12, 1809. It was like an invisible, but unique, bond linking me to one of the greatest U.S. leaders.

As I grew older, I never befriended anyone born on Feb. 12.

If strangers happened to reveal we had the same birthday, I linked myself to them — similar to the feeling when I meet other Lanas (which is even more rare when they spell and pronounce it like me).

Now, I work with two others who share the same birthday as me. It ended up being a great way to break the ice with people I now see every day.

Everyone wants to feel special on his or her birthday, but I would love to have a friend who shared my birthday. Celebrating is no fun when you have to do it solo.

Harvard University research indicates that between 1973 and 1999, Sept. 16 was the most common birthday, and Dec. 25 the most rare (except Feb. 29 because of leap years).

By going online, you can find out many interesting facts about your birthday. At datesinhistory.com, you can even see news about what was going on in the world on your special day in almost any year.

When I was little, I felt alone in my celebration. It never seemed overly difficult for my friends to find someone fairly close by to share their birthday with.

Now that I am old enough to research Feb. 12, I realize Honest Abe and I are not alone after all.

Look around you. Who do you share your special day with? If you are lucky enough to find someone, get to know him or her. You might end up creating a special bond!

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

 

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