On the occasion of my upcoming birthday (and the fact that I haven’t posted anything in months), I would like to present to you, in no particular order some of the most famous (real and imaginary) birthday parties ever.
“Happy Birthday, Mr. President”
Fifty-five years ago on May 19, 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to then-U. S. President John F. Kennedy at a celebration for his 45th birthday (his actual birthday was on May 29). Monroe’s sultry performance helped fuel an even now persistent (but unverified) rumor that she and JFK were having an affair.
By Eureka Humboldt Standard – page 3 via Newspaperarchive.com, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57973181
The Birth of Hip Hop
August 11, 1973 is considered to be the “birthdate” of hip hop. On that date, Clive Campbell, better known now as DJ Kool Herc, was the DJ for his sister’s birthday party in the recreation room of a apartment building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the west Bronx, NY. According to history.com, by that time, DJ Kool Herc had been working on refining his “break beat” style for a year. At that successful party, he used his most powerful sound system ever, before his largest crowd to that point. That party started a movement that resonates to this day.
The original invitation to the legendary party. Source: the BBC.
Paris Hilton’s 21st Birthday Party
Once upon a time (at the beginning of the 21st century), hotel heiress Paris Hilton was probably the world’s most famous young woman. In 2002, Hilton threw herself five birthday parties over three continents – in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, London and Tokyo. It’s estimated that she spent $75,000 per guest. Although it would have been hard to believe back then, but now Paris Hilton spends her life out of the limelight. Hilton did speak up, approvingly, in a rare appearance regarding Kendall Jenner’s 21st birthday party — where Jenner (sister of Hilton’s still omnipresent BFF, Kim Kardashian) wore a dress that copied Hilton’s infamous chain mail dress that she wore during her birthday parties.
Photo by Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/~/article-3900102/index.html#i-99c41c3841942714
A Hobbit Birthday Party
Hobbit Day, as devotees of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books call (and celebrate) it, is the occasion of Bilbo Baggins’ 111th (or “eleventy first“) birthday, and Frodo’s 33rd birthday. The Fellowship of the Ring opens with the birthday celebrations. In the book, the celebration included much food (three meals worth), a whole lot of drink (folks being carted away in wheelbarrows), and fireworks honoring the events of The Hobbit, courtesy of Gandalf. Instead of the birthday honorees getting presents, per Hobbit custom, the guests got presents.
There was also a family supper (consisting of 144 people) at the end of the celebration days. At the end of the supper, Bilbo gave a speech, slipped on the One Ring, and vanished…
Shot from The Fellowship of the Ring (movie). Source: Wedding Inspiration: Bilbo Baggins’ Birthday. From apracticalwedding.com