You Say It’s Your Birthday

By | Aug 30, 2010

One of the songs on the album The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is Birthday. The opening line is “They say it’s your birthday, Well it’s my birthday too, yeah!”. This song rings true for me today, since August 30th is my birthday. If yours is as well, then we share a birthday. Happy Birthday to us.

I can’t sing Happy Birthday to us. I’m not a good singer and it also falls under copyright protection. Even though the song origins of the song dates to the late 19th century from a song by teachers Patty and Mildred J. Hill who each morning sang to their class a tune called Good Morning to All. In 1935 Happy Birthday to You was copyrighted as a work for hire by Preston Ware Orem for the Summy Company. This copyright still holds and is owned by an investment group. The song will not pass in to the public domain until 2030.

The date of birth is determined by the time zone in which you reside. For example I was born at 11:45 PM Eastern Time. A person born at that very same minute in London would have had an August 31st birthday. My sister, who was born 13 years and 2.5 hours later, celebrates her birthday on the 31st, but if she was born in California we would have had the same birthday.

It’s possible for the older of twins to have their official birth time as listed an hour later than their sibling if the two were born during the time change of Daylight Savings time in the fall.

Those who are born on February 29th could be thought to have a birthday once every 4 years. They often celebrate their birthday on those years that don’t have a 29th on February 28th or March 1st. A person who was born on February 29, 1960 would have just celebrated that 12th birthday in 2008.

Many cultures have a coming of age birthday. For those of the Jewish faith on a boy’s 13th birthday he has his bar mitzvah. At the age of 21 it is legal for Americans to purchase and consume alcohol. At 17 Wizards, such as Harry Potter, comes of age.

Happy Birthday


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