If you were booking a plane ticket, today's date would be a nice default.
But if you are entering your birth date, today is so NOT a good default, but it is seen here
This was found at http://aieee.nic.in/AIEEE2008/online/check.aspx which is a page for an exam in India. Now who gives an exam on the day they are born? This should ideally be 1990 since the majority of people giving this exam will be 17/18 now.
So choose good defaults