Was reading Adel Gabot's blog yesterday and thought his 'my birthday on Wikipedia' entry was interesting, so I looked up my own birthday.
The following things took place on October 7—
1868 - Cornell University holds opening day ceremonies; initial student enrollment is 412, the most at any American university to that date
1942 - US and British government announce establishment of United Nations
1982 - Cats opens on Broadway and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000
1931 - Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican archbishop and activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
1955 - Yo-yo Ma, French-born cellist
1849 - Edgar Allan Poe, American writer (b. 1809)
That was more fun than I thought it would be.