I expected to find lots of relatives who shared my birthday. After all, I knew of at least two people who weren't relatives who had the same birthday.
One who shared the date was my mother's best friend Louisa. I grew up hearing the story that they were both in their later 30’s fairly newly married and pregnant with their first children at the same time. Each had a due date about the time of the other's birthday. I cooperated and was born on 16 August; the friend's daughter went a week past mom's birthday of 23 July. Louisa lived to be in her 90's and always sent me a birthday card. I believe it was the year Louisa turned 90 a group of us went out to Bill Knapp’s restaurant, an old Michigan chain, that gave a birthday discount based on age and a small chocolate cake. The very next day they closed and filed for bankruptcy so we always joked it must have been our birthday party that finished them off. I have found several instances of her relatives and mine intermarrying and wouldn’t be at all surprised to find we shared some old New England ancestors.
Also, our next-door neighbors through my childhood had a granddaughter exactly three years older than I was. We just thought that was so cool!
Turns out that 16 August is also a popular date for notables to die. Just this year Aretha Franklin passed away and also Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth. My husband heard the comment that the King, the Queen and the Babe all died on the same day.
What it is not popular for, is a date my relatives were born on. I found only three, all out on the smaller branches of the family tree. Instead, I'm going with someone I actually knew born close to the date. That would be my great-aunt Sebia (Wright) Hatherill Van Loon who was born on 20 August 1892.