On This Day…19 August

Thursday are cool. I like Thursdays. May your own Thursday be the coolest there is. Today is 19 August 2010. One more day to the weekend.

Looking through the history books, these are the nuggets I sought out and decided to share with you today. On this day in…

1561 – An 18-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, returns to Scotland after spending 13 years in France. Yes, Mary, too much Brie can be a bad thing.

1692 – Salem witch trials: in Salem, Massachusetts, Province of Massachusetts Bay five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft. It’s a shame no one caught on to Melissa Joan Hart, though. That Sabrina one deserved burning at the stake, if you ask me.

1812 – War of 1812: American frigate USS Constitution defeats the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada earning her nickname “Old Ironsides”. Raymond Burr plays the role in a later TV series.

1944 – World War II: Liberation of Paris – Paris rises against German occupation with the help of Allied troops.

1990 – Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert, ending with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Notable birthdays include:

Former President Bill Clinton is a sprightly 64 today.

Jill St. John, Bond Girl in Diamonds Are Forever, is 70 (WHAT?)

No way is this girl 70-years-old!

Those that passed away on this day include:

Donald Woods, South African journalist and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1933)

Augustus, Roman Emperor (b. 63 BC)

and Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (b. 1890)

4 responses to “On This Day…19 August

  1. Love the Groucho clip ~ I know people like that!

    My great, great . . . great grandmother (Susannah North Martin) = one of 19 “witches” hung in Salem in 1692. In July, not August.

  2. Wow! Apologies for that.

    That’s some family history you got going there.

    • Reading her trial transcript . . . fascinating! An amazingly feisty woman, especially for 1692. My dad did the Geneology research, then I collected the trial transcripts.

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