On This Day…18 August.

All good things happen on a Wednesday. I hope good things happen to you today, 18 August 2010.

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.

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3 responses to “On This Day…18 August.

  1. Polansky and Nabokov … both dirty old men?
    Have a great Wednesday.

  2. Quite a collection here.

    Loved Richie on Helium:
    1868 – French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen discovers helium and so set in motion many a party trick, usually after much alcohol was taken.

  3. Kids, don’t try this one at home. You can suck all the helium you want, but please refrain from playing Lionel Richie.

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