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We are now (scarily) in to August and every year at this time I always hope that the heat of summer will return, as today it is my birthday and I always look forward to spending some quality time with my family.

Whilst for me this year is not a “special birthday” such as a 30th..... or 40th (that one’s still a couple of years away thankfully!) it got me thinking that in my role as a financial planner, I spend most of my time looking forward; planning for future birthdays and retirement, but, what would I find out about my birthday if I looked backwards?

Most of us have “googled” ourselves to find out where our namesakes live, what they look like and what they do for a living, however, it struck me that I actually know very little about events that have actually happened on my birthday. Therefore today I decided to have a trawl back though history (through the medium that is Wikipedia) to find out about other significant things which happened on the 4th August.

Well, it turns out that a lot of things have happened… I share a birthday with countless others including Mary Decker and Barack Obama. This day in 1870 saw the establishment of the British Red Cross Society, it also marks ‘Coast Guard Day’ in the States, Constitution Day in the Cook Islands, and Revolution Day in Burkina Faso. It is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) and it is now only 142 days until Christmas - so expect to see the advertising start soon!

But my particular favourite is that I have found out that on this day in 1693, Champagne was “invented”, so it would seem to be rude not to celebrate an anniversary as well as my birthday so I think I will now go and enjoy a birthday drink.

If it is your birthday soon, then I would like to wish you “Happy Birthday” but whilst you may be looking forward to the day, if you have five minutes then have a look back too – You may just find out a few more things about your birthday that you were unaware of.

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