Hands up those of you that love Mondays! I see…two…no, three of you. That’s not too bad. I can live with that. In all honesty, I like Mondays. Because I normally work all or part of the weekend, Monday is my Friday. On this day, 23 August 2010, I hope each of you has a happy and productive week. Events of historical curiosity that occurred on today’s date include:
1572 – Mob violence against Huguenots in Paris – St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre. Huguenots cried foul. Bart cried “Doh!”
1775 – King George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion. Said rebels cry “No shit, Sherlock!:
1799 – Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power. Josephine, once again, was left to her own devices. Poor Jo!
1939 – World War II: Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland are divided between the two nations. This carried on quite nicely for Hitler until…
1942 – World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad…and the beginning of the end of WWII.
Birthday candles are blown out today for:
Jay Mohr, American actor and comedian, who is 40. Here he is having a go at the Boston Red Sox.
River Phoenix would have been 40 today, too, if only he lived long enough.
The actor Ray Park – “The Toad” from X-Men – is 36.
And basketball legend Kobe Bryant is 32.
One notable death on this day in 1960 was that of the lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. To close off today’s On This Day, I leave with a snippet of Oklahoma, the musical he wrote with Richard Rogers.