Saturday’s Child

Monday’s child is fair of face,

Tuesday’s child is full of grace,

Wednesday’s child is full of woe,

Thursday’s child has far to go.

Friday’s child is loving and giving

Saturday’s child works hard for a living

But the child born on the Sabbath Day

Is fair and wise and good and gay.


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Saturday’s Child – Performed By The Monkees – Written By David Gates

Monday had a sad child
Always feeling low down,
Tuesday had a dream child
She’s always on the go
Now I’m in love with Saturday’s child
She drives me wild
Gonna spend my time
Makin’ sure that Saturday’s child is mine.

If you love a Wednesday
You’ll live your life apart now
And if you love a Thursday
She’s gonna break your heart,
So I’m in love with Saturday’s child
She drives me wild
Gonna spend my time
Makin’ sure that Saturday’s child is mine.

Seven days of the week made to choose from
But only one is right for me
I know that Saturday’s got what it takes, babe.
I can tell by the way she looks at me

Friday likes the good life
She’ll take you for a ride now
And Sunday makes a good wife
But she wants to be a bride
So I’m in love with Saturday’s child
She drives me wild
Gonna spend my time
Makin’ sure that Saturday’s child is mine.

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This Saturday’s child was born on the 16th of August.

According to the Zodiac I am a Leo.

Leos born on August 16 are dedicated, disciplined individuals with a strong sense of personal destiny. While they absorb and listen to the criticism of others, it rarely causes them to change their game plan. They are concerned with their personal image. They often create a persona for themselves that is very much at odds with their true selves.

Friends and Lovers

Socially, August 16 individuals are very much in demand, and many of their associations thrive in social settings. They are extremely passionate. They possess great charm and considerable sex appeal, and when they fall in love it is a love that will last forever.

Children and Family

August 16 natives often separate emotionally from their family at quite an early age. They may be surprised by their genuine talent for parenthood. They are able to balance discipline with liberalness, letting their youngsters know how much they are loved.

Health

These folks are dedicated to keeping themselves fit and in good health. They love to exercise and are usually involved in some sort of cross-training program. They maintain a careful balance in their nutrition.

Career and Finances

August 16 natives have strong career ambitions. They have solid leadership ability and do not thrive in positions of subservience. Money plays a large part in their lives. They want to be more than just financially secure — they want enough money to exercise complete control over their destiny.

Dreams and Goals

It isn’t characteristic for August 16 people to believe in luck — good, bad, or otherwise. They believe in making their own luck. They have the rare ability to see details as well as the big picture — one of the keys to their success.

Interesting…

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Below are some noteworthy people

who were born on the 16th of August.

Even though they are not all Saturday’s children.

However, this young lady was born the exact day I was.


And a few who died on this date…

Including this man.

Singing perhaps my favourite song of his.

I will never forgive him for dying on my birthday.

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And now to enlighten you on a few things that have happened on the 16th of August…

1290 – Charles van Valois weds Margaretha van Anjou.

1328 – The House of Gonzaga seizes power in the Duchy of Mantua, and will rule until 1708.

1513 – Battle of Guinegate (Battle of the Spurs) – King Henry VIII of England defeats French Forces who are then forced to retreat.

1570 – King Janos Sigismund Zapolyai signs secret treaty with Maximilian I.

1625 – Earnest Casimir of Nassau-Dietz appointed viceroy of Drenthe.

1691 – Yorktown Virginia founded.

1717 – Prince Eugenius of Savoye occupies Belgrade.

1743 – Earliest boxing code of rules formulated in England (Jack Broughton).

1745 – Skirmish at Laggan: Glengarry beats Royal Scots.

1748 – “Geldermalsen” sails to East-Indies .

1777 – American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark rout British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at the Battle of Bennington in Walloomsac, New York.

1780 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Camden – The British defeat the Americans near Camden, South Carolina.

1792 – Maximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.

1793 – French Revolution: a levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.

1794 – Hungarian revolutionary Ignac Martinovics arrested in Vienna.

1797 – Comet C/1797 P1 (Bouvard-Herschel) approaches 0.0879 AUs of Earth.

1812 – War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.

1819 – Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.

1829 – Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker arrive in Boston to be exhibited.

1834  – Charles Darwin climbs Mount Campana in Chile.

1841 – U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.

1858 – U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.

1859 – The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposes the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.

1861 – President Lincoln prohibits Union states from trading with Confederacy.

1863 – Emancipation Proclamation signed.

1863 – The Dominican Restoration War begins when Gregorio Luperón raises the Dominican flag in Santo Domingo after Spain had recolonized the country.

1869 – Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguayan battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.

1870 – Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Mars-La-Tour is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.

1891 – The Basilica of San Sebastian in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.

1896 – Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.

1898 – Edwin Prescott patents roller coaster.

1904 – New York City begins building Grand Central Station.

1906 – An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.

1913 – Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tōhoku University) becomes the first university in Japan to admit female students.

1913 – Completion of the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary.

1914 – World War I: Battle of Cer begins.

1920 – Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit on the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and dies early the next day. Chapman was the second player to die from injuries sustained in a Major League Baseball game, the first being Doc Powers in 1909.

1920 – The congress of the Communist Party of Bukhara opens. The congress would call for armed revolution.

1927 – The Dole Air Race begins from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, during which six out of the eight participating planes crash or disappear.

1929 – The 1929 Palestine riots break out in the British Mandate of Palestine between Arabs and Jews and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs are killed.

1930 – The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.

1942 – World War II: The two-person crew of the U.S. naval blimp L-8 disappears without a trace on a routine anti-submarine patrol over the Pacific Ocean. The blimp drifts without her crew and crash-lands in Daly City, California.

1945 – An assassination attempt is made on Japan’s prime minister, Kantaro Suzuki.

1945 – Puyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, is captured by Soviet troops.

1946 – Mass riots in Kolkata begin, in which more than 4,000 would be killed in 72 hours.

1953 – Shah of Persia and princess Soraya flee to Baghdad and Rome.

1958 Joanne Bryant was born in Sydney, Australia to Colin Bryant and Mary Bryant.

1958 – Madonna was born.

1960 – Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.

1960 – Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that still stand today: High-altitude jump, free-fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.

1962 – Eight years after the remaining French India territories were handed to India, the ratifications of the treaty are exchanged to make the transfer official.

1962 – Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatle drummer.

1964 – Vietnam War: A coup d’état replaces Duong Van Minh with General Nguyen Khanh as President of South Vietnam. A new constitution is established with aid from the U.S. Embassy.

1966 – Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intends to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 people are arrested.

1969 – Woodstock rock festival begins in New York.

1972 – In an unsuccessful coup d’état attempt, the Royal Moroccan Air Force fires upon Hassan II of Morocco’s plane while he is traveling back to Rabat.
1972 – U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.

1974 – Ramones concert debut (NY’s CBGBs).

1975 – Peter Gabriel quits Genesis.

1977 – Elvis Presley dies at Graceland.

1980 – Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath.

1983 – Paul Simon weds Carrie Fisher.

1984 – Andrea Doria’s safe opened.

1985 – Madonna weds Sean Penn on her 27th birthday.

1986 – Madonna’s “True Blue,” album goes #1 for 5 weeks and her single.

1988 – Jailed black nationalist Nelson Mandela struck with tuberculosis.

1988 – IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence.

1989 – A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all

1990 – China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC

1990 – Iraq orders 4000 Britons & 2500 Americans in Kuwait to Iraq.

1990 – China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor.

1991 – Belgium census is 10,000,963 inhabitants.

1991 – Pres Bush declares recession is near an end.

1992 – 20th du Maurier Golf Classic: Sherri Steinhaur.

1992 – 74th PGA Championship: Nick Price shoots a 278 at Bellerive St Louis.

1992 – Moses Kiptanui runs world record 3k (7:28.96).

1993 – The Debian distribution was first announced by Ian Murdock, then a student at Purdue University. Murdock initially called his system the “Debian Linux Release”.

1994 – Chandrika Kumaratungo’s party wins Sri Lanka elections.

1994 – Shauna Gambill, 17, of California, crowned 12th Miss Teen USA.

1997 – For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia).

1998 – 80th PGA Championship at Sahalee CC, Seattle WA.

1998 – Weetabix Women’s British Golf Open.

2003 – U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress.

2005 – West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing the 160 aboard.

2008 – Joanne Bryant celebrated her 50th birthday.

2008 – Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres dash world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 summer olympics.trading on Toronto’s stock market.

2010 – U.S. military forces use an air strike to kill an al-Qaeda leader responsible for planning suicide bombings.

2010 – United Nations officials believe 3.5 million children may contract waterborne diseases as a result of the floods in Pakistan .

2011 – In England, two men who created a Facebook site to incite violence during the riots are sentenced to four years imprisonment.

2011  – Beginning of World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid.

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So there you have it from this Saturday’s Child


who was born on the auspicious date

16.08.1958.

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Author: Jo Bryant

I was born in the land of Banjo Paterson, gum trees, and weather extremes. I am a freelance writer. I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, but still like to claim my Australian heritage. I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in 2008. I am writing my first novel. I love to write poetry, short stories, and also write for the web. And there is nothing that is on a par with a sunny summer's day spent at Waihi Beach.

17 thoughts on “Saturday’s Child”

  1. You have certainly done your homework on this wickedly fine posting Jo
    and so much information to absorb too, I think that I will be reading this one
    again, and again until I have digested all the excellent facts that you have
    placed upon it 🙂 Have a most enchanting rest of day and evening now…

    Androgoth Xx

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      1. For a posting of that quality ‘NO’ there wasn’t
        too much information my wickedly nice friend 🙂
        I hope that you are having a very nice day and
        have a wonderful evening planned also 🙂

        Androgoth Xx

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  2. Amazing amount of facts collected here JO, and just like Andro, I’m trying to absorb them all, but failing miserably, as my Brain seems to be one which says, whoa, slow down, you move too fast,… (another song lyric, it’s always quoting song lyrics at me 😉 ) but Hi there fellow Leo, (Pen offers a hand in greeting) lovely to meet you…Now I’m gonna give my brain another try at absorbing the wide and variant facts you’ve listed above… (Weetabix Women’s British Golf Open? ) Love it!! … (I did ask Fyrespike to drop by, but he’s busy with his new babies, two itsy bitsy baby dragons who’re turning his and his mates (Kalaseru) life upside, if only he’d stay still long enough to help me do a follow up storyline.. tsk…’tis ever so…
    xPenx

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    1. Poor Fyrespike – babies do that 🙂
      Yes, it is a lot to digest – especially in one sitting.
      And I take your hand with pleasure at finding you here,
      and hope to see you back again as you work your way through this list.
      ’til that time…5

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  3. Love the poem 🙂 being a Saturday’s child, I like!
    All the things that happend on August 18, 🙂 your birthday, what fun to read!.
    Astrology might have some truth in it, not sure, but you made a beautiful posting here.
    One of my children is a Leo (13 August) and some of the stuff mentioned here applies to him, not all. Maybe it is different if you are living in a different hemisphere?

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    1. Hi Ina.
      Great you liked what was on here. I am not a big believer in Astrology – but I liked what I read so why not ???

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      Who knows about it being differnet here – maybe…after all the water goes down the plughole differently here. 🙂

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  4. Hi Jo… lovely blog you have with lots to read and take in.. And I was a Saturday child too.. or at least I think I was.. My Mother said my Dad was at a Football match when I was being born, so I assume It was a Saturday! 🙂 ~Taurus ~ my sign the Bull wasnt in the field at the time of Kick off.. But Dad was in the Dog house I think.. 🙂 ~Dreamwalker~

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