Buffy Summers' birthdate - Bueller, Bueller ... anyone

ETA - Have got it, thanks to amybnnyc for the memory jog.

OK - I don't know how anally retentive the questions will be on The Einstein Factor, and I'm probably overstudying, but this has been bugging me.  In the Season 1 episode I Robot - You Jane, Buffy's DOB flashes on a computer screen twice, in the first one she's listed as a Sophomore and her birthdate is 10/24/80 (24 Oct 1980), and then the next one she's listed as a Senior and her birthdate is 05/06/79.  Obviously dates were retro canoned, or whatever it's called, after Season 1. In the later seasons I thought her birthday usually aired around Feb in the States, and that was when it was supposed to be.  OK I've checked these are the airdates for Buffy's birthday celebrations that I can remember, Surprise 19 Jan 1998, Helpless 19 Feb 1999, A New Man 25 Jan 2000, Blood Ties 06 Feb 2001, Older and Far Away 12 Feb 2002.

So here's my question - does anyone know if her DOB has ever been mentioned anywhere else, I'm sure it has, but I can't think of it.

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OK, I can't find this... stupid Buffy reference shelf getting all reticent when I need it... but I can remember reading January 20 as her official birthday, and that they tried to schedule her official "birthday episode" on the night closest to that date when the episode was a first-run (basically, if the WB/UPN had repeats for the two weeks before and week after, they'd show the bday ep the week after the third rerun). That would account for all of the jumping around from late January to mid-February--I'm just hoping my explanation makes sense. If it doesn't, let me know... insensibility is entirely possible on me at this hour LOL.

The two dates in I Robot, You Jane have always been considered a nod to the movie Buffy, who was a senior, and the TV Buffy, who was a sophomore.

Hope this helps... and good luck with your studying!
Thanks so much for the reply (and the good wishes!), it actually jogged my memory to a site that talesofspike pointed out to me awhile ago, I knew I had read it somewhere recently, and it was annoying the hell out of me ... but I 've got so many Buffy things running around in my mind at the moment. This is what it said about Buffy's birthday:

Buffy's birthday was celebrated in the episode first aired on or near 19 January each year. In the first-year episode "I Robot, You Jane," Malcolm brings up Buffy's school records on his computer. In the first view, we see that Buffy was born on 24 October 1980, and that she is a sophomore. The second time we see Buffy's records, her birthday is 6 May 1979, and she is a senior. (She is also shown with two different GPAs, one of them excellent.) Joss Whedon finally decreed Buffy's birthday to be 19 January 1981. 19 January 1997 was the day the show premiered.
YAY!! I'm so glad you found it! I swear there was something in one of my Buffy reference books, but just when there's call for it I couldn't find it at all. I knew it was around then somewhere...

when there's call for it I couldn't find it at all
Know that feeling well, the info was just niggling at the corner of my mind. Anyway thank you so much for your help, and by the way, HELLO! Would you believe I just discovered your stories this morning, and have bookmarked them for a read (if I knew how to write the do-do-do spooky music Twilight Zone thing I would).
Really?! That's so cool! Hee--I'm all excited now! Thank you!

And you're welcome for the help... glad I could jog your memory!

Would you mind if I friended you?
Well apart for the 20 year age difference, we have almost have a birthday in common (mine's July 25) and uni studies as well, I'm 3 subjects away from my BA with Engl Lit/Cultural Studies majors. However you came to my LJ, I'm pleased to meet you as well. Looking forward to hearing from you in the future.
Go Leo birthday gals! And both English majors, yet... what subjects do you have left to cover?

I found you through always_jbj, who is also an Aussie... she saw that you needed help with trivia and knows that I have a mind full of such things and so steered me your way.
I'll have to thank alwaysjbj for sending you my way ;).

I'm doing three Australian related subjects to finish my BA, this semester "19th Century Aust Lit", next semester one Engl subject "Australia Fair: Nation, 'Race' and Culture", and a Hist subject, "A Cultural History of Water". Not terribly exciting, but having already done the subjects I really wanted to do, you make the best of the rest. Surprisingly enough the subjects I enjoyed the most were the ones I got to write "Buffy" essays about - no problem researching for those! ::HEE::
I don't imagine that the Buffy essays would've been too hard to do... I used to joke that I was going to be the first professional Buffy academic. Still want to do it... hey, a girl has to have a dream!

I haven't read much Australian lit, but I'd like to start branching out a bit... any recommendations of books/authors?
first professional Buffy academic
Don't know how much Buffy academic stuff you've read, but ... if you know of Rhonda Wilcox or David Lavery, can I preen a bit, and say that I've met them, in person.

Let me think about the Australian Lit recommendation - what sort of stories do you enjoy?
I've read quite a bit of the Buffy academic stuff... the Slayage conference is actually held not far from where I grew up, and I meant to get there but moved away right as they were kicking into full swing. Lucky lady to have met them both!

I'm usually drawn to darker stories... not necessarily gothic, but generally the more complicated/convoluted/painful the journey, the happier little reader me is. Sick lil puppy, ain't I? LOL
My initial meeting with Rhonda was via e-mail - I alerted her to a badly plagiarised article of her work in a British newspaper, which lead to me getting a free copy of "Fighting the Forces", and an ongoing e-mail friendship. Ended up meeting her and David at a Buffy conference here in Australia a couple of years ago. The internet is a truly wonderful thing.
OK, I hadn't quite finished, but LJ decided I had ....

Gothic stuff ... OK let me ponder that for a while, and I'll get back to you with some recommendations - any time period in particular?
LOL... I love when LJ makes those decisions for me... it took me 5 hours to post chapter 11 of Fear... even the fact that that was the night Cool Money was first broadcast could hardly calm me down...

No particular time period... I tend to read in a pretty wide spectrum, so all is fair game. Thanks! :o)
Ahh ... "Cool Money" - pretty, pretty man, OK telemovie. Once again, thank the powers-that-be for the internet, I was able to d/l a copy a couple of days after it aired, and now have a dvd copy for posterity. I can understand how it would have been distracting.

Fic recs forthcoming.
The internet is indeed a wonderful, wonderful thing. Telemovie was OK--probably wouldn't have watched it if not for him, but damned if he didn't make it VERY worthwhile. Pretty, pretty, beautiful man.

Take your time with the fic recs--no worries!

Hope you're having a lovely day!