On This Day iPhone App, Dead at Your Age Web Page
Article by George Norman
On 15 Apr 2009
Ever had the impression that something terribly important occurred on this precise day back in history? In order to find out you could fire up your web browser and type in a query in a search engine – but if you have an iPhone then you could use a handy, and cheap, app called “On This Day”. If knowing who did what on a particular day does not interest you very much, perhaps the “Dead at Your Age” web page will be of more interest – it tells you what marking historic figure died close to your birthday.

Starting with “On this Day”, here are the bits and pieces you need to be made aware of:

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- The iPhone/iPod Touch app will set you back $0.99 and an iTunes download location is available here.
- It includes a total of 14,000 historical events.
- About 40 events are displayed for every day. Like for
- Does not require an internet connection to work.
- The app currently displays events related to the current date, but in the future the developer will add “search date” functionality. What this means is that if today is April the 15th, the app will display only events that occurred on April the 15th; you cannot enter your birthday for example and see what events occurred on that date, or what celebrity shares your birthday.

Speaking of birthdays, the Dead at Your Age web page allows you to feed data regarding your date of birth – but it does so because it needs that date in order to tell you what celebrity or marking historic age you’ve outlived (as in they were already dead when they should have been your age).

The site’s description says it all: “Congratulations! You've just outlived some interesting people. Tell us your date of birth, and we'll tell you who they were.”

I entered my date of birth into “Dead at Your Age” and found out that I’ve outlived “Baby Face Nelson by one day. He was an enforcer for Al Capone, notorious bank robber and Public Enemy Number One in 1934. He died of murder by gunshot on November 27, 1934, 49 years before you were born.”

The other interesting part regarding the web page is that each search result comes with a set of ads related to the people you’ve outlived. I know I certainly have a new found interest in Baby Face, not so sure I’m going to buy a book about him when there are so many free sources of information available online.



Tags: Apple, iPhone, iPhone App, On this Day, Dead at Your Age
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