On July 29, 1881, the French Third Republic passed the Law on the Freedom of the Press--an important enough occasion that they named a street to commemorate the date in the 1st Arrondissement in Paris.
In the year 1963, Kenya gained its independence. Next year, we'll both be celebrating 50 years. Fifty!
Obviously I have no memories of my birth on July 29, 1963.
The thing is, my mother doesn't have any either. Even though she specifically asked them not to put her under during labor and delivery, they did anyway. Apparently it was fairly common nearly half a century ago. Half a century!
When she woke up, she realized her tummy was flat. My dad was standing by her bed with a big smile on his face. That's how she found out I was born.