# Exercise: List the events closest to your birthday using DateDiff

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 Category ==> SQL  (156 exercises) Topic ==> Calculations using dates  (4 exercises) Level ==> Average difficulty Course ==> Introduction to SQL
Before you can do this exercise, you'll need to download and unzip this file (if you have any problems doing this, click here for help). Once you've done this:
1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
3. Execute this script.

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The idea behind this exercise is to see what was happening in the world around the time when you were born (but you can use any reference date).  First create a query to show the number of days which have elapsed for any event since your birthday:

For an imaginary trainer born on 4th March 1964, this is what they'd see (your list will be different).

The ABS function returns the absolute value of a number (for example, ABS(42) and ABS(-42) both equal 42).  Use this to list the events in order of closeness to your birthday:

For the same completely imaginary trainer, these are the events that they would see.

Was yours an auspicious year?  Save this query as Birth pool, then close it down.