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tomtac ([personal profile] tomtac) wrote2016-02-29 06:30 pm

Sad Anniversary for the Leaplings

Please raise a glass to Sir James Milne Wilson, the 8th Premier of Tasmania, who died on his 17th birthday, in the 1800s. This article says he was quite a guy.

Stately looking middle aged caucasian fellow in black and white daguerreotype photo, with curly hair and stiff upright white collar

Why now? Today would have been his 50th birthday. (He was born exactly 204 years ago.) He was born on Leap Year day, and died on Leap Year Day; the only historical figure I've ever found to have managed that coincidence.

"17th birthday" means he was 68 years old.

(Edited: See comment.)