As usual, here’s a very brief summary of what happened down through the years on this day.
1868 – French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen discovers helium and so set in motion many a party trick, usually after much alcohol was taken.
1877 – Asaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos. H.G. Wells has an idea for a story.
1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women’s suffrage. (Really…it took that long?)
1948 – The Australian cricket team completed a 4–0 Ashes series win over England during their undefeated Invincibles tour. One day, I’ll sit you all down and explain the rules of this complex but engaging game to you.
1958 – Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States. (Dirty old man!)
Notable birthdays include:
Roman Polanski, the Polish-born Oscar-winning director, loved by the Swiss Government but wanted by the U.S. authorities is 77. My personal favourite is Chinatown.
Robert Redford is 74. Ed Norton is 41. And Denis Leary is 53.