Today would be the 40th birthday of Kurt Cobain. You can read Kurt Cobain About a Son director AJ Schnack's thoughts on this occasion on his blog here.
If this were the anniversary of his death I think the news would be blaring on Yahoo! Headlines or the like. I find that kind of sad. It's almost equally tragic; focusing on someone's death more than someone's life. By looking at someone through their death we look at them by not what they provided, but what they could have provided had fate gone another way. By celebrating someone's birth you remember what they achieved and celebrate that they were part of world, even if just briefly.