It’s officially the weekend, people. I know I’ll be working today. But what are you up to? WHO are you up to on this day, 21 August. Tell me to mind my own business and I will. But I’ll still be curious.
On this day in…
1772 – King Gustav III completes his coup d’état by adopting a new Constitution, ending half a century of parliamentary rule in Sweden and installing himself as an enlightened despot. The now-deceased crime writer, Steig Larsson, thinks of how he’ll work Lisbeth Salander into this story.
1879 – The Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist, reportedly appears to the people of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland. Just what were these people drinking? That’s what I want to know.
1911 – The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee. The lady cracks a wistful smile. Leonardo has a “canary.”
1959 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii’s admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day. And so is born Steve McGarrett, Dano and Thomas Magnum. TV producers around the world rejoice.
1993 – NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft. NASA employees lose contact with their jobs. (I dunno, maybe it went off for coffee or something.)
Happy birthday to:
Kenny Rogers, who celebrates his 72nd birthday. Here he is, performing “The Gambler” on The Muppet Show.
The Fastest Man in the World, Usain Bolt, is a lightning 24-years-old.
Your place or mine?