1807 – Robert Fulton’s first American steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
1908 – Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, realized by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris.
1943 – World War II: The U.S. Seventh Army under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal, Bernard L. Montgomery, thus completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
1979 – Two Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156.
1998 – Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about his relationship.
2008 – By winning the Men’s 4x100m medley relay, Michael Phelps becomes the first Olympian to win eight gold medals in the same Olympics.
Happy birthday to:
Maureen O’Hara is today a nonagenarian (that’s 90-years-old t0 you). I will always remember Maureen playing Mary-Kate Danaher in The Quiet Man.
Robert de Niro is 67.
Thierry Henry (the rotter who broke Irish hearts) is 33.
And the former love of my life – at least in the 80s – Belinda Carlisle is 52. Take it away, Belinda…