Today is the day the mighty Dublin GAA Football team take on Cork for a place in the All-Ireland Football Final in Croke Park. Today is the day I’ll be sweating blood and tears in my job. What will you be doing today, 22 August 2010? While you’re pondering this question, consider these nuggets from years gone by. On this day in…
851 – Erispoe defeats Charles the Bald near the Breton town of Jengland. Toupees are invented.
1770 – James Cook’s expedition lands on the east coast of Australia. Rolf Harris ties his kangaroo down (sport), while Russell Crowe kicks seven shades of shite out of Cook’s crew. You gotta love Russell!
1922 – Michael Collins, Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Free State Army is shot dead during an Anti-Treaty ambush at Béal na mBláth, County Cork, during the Irish Civil War. Liam Neeson played him in Neil Jordan’s Oscar-nominated film of the same name in 1996. (PS: It was DeValera who ordered the assassination…but don’t say I said so.)
1962 – An attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle fails. Frederick Forsyth has an idea for a novel.
And in 2004 – A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway. Guy Ritchie says he knows nothing.
Happy birthday to:
The “Nugget” Steve Davis, six-times world snooker champion. God, he was boring then. But he’s more interesting nowadays.
Debbi Peterson, of The Bangles, is 49 today. I’ll leave you with an idea of what tomorrow is going to be like for some of us. Thank you for reading.