What do Beethoven, Catherine of Aragon, and Jane Austen have in common?

Posted on: December 16, 2015

“December 16 is the worst day of the year to be born, according to new research,” reads an unsigned Wednesday (12/16) article in the Telegraph (U.K.). The study follows up a survey of 2,000 people by Interflora, which “suggests that while July 28 is the best day to celebrate a birthday, December 16 is the worst while January birthdays are the most likely to be forgotten. Famous people born on December 16 include Ludwig van Beethoven, Jane Austen and ZZ Top star Billy Gibbons, who turns 66 this year. But the research shows people born on that date have the worst birthday due, in part, to its nearness to Christmas, coupled with cold weather, and the likelihood of it being forgotten amid all the festive celebrations…. Overall, those born in the winter months were the most disgruntled with the date of their birth. One in six people born on December (16 per cent) said they were ‘unhappy’ with their birth date followed by January (15 per cent) and November (11 per cent)…. The study suggests summer birthdays are far happier, with the happiest months to celebrate being June (60 per cent), July (59 per cent) and August (53 per cent).”

Posted December 16, 2015

Pictured: Joseph Karl Stieler’s 1820 portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven