Anyway, today is 24 August 2010. Throughout history, on this day in…
1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed. Booklovers the world over contemplated the mystery that is the semi-colon; see, I used it there. I’m clever, aren’t I?
1682 – William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania. 400 years later, his descendant Sean wins an Oscar. (I made that bit up.)
1831 – Charles Darwin is asked to travel on HMS Beagle. His request to change the name to HMS Snoopy is denied.
1892 – Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, one of the world’s first purpose-built football grounds, opens. It is still the home ground of Everton FC today
1932 – Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey). Whatever happened to Amelia remains a mystery to this day.
1968 – France explodes its first hydrogen bomb, thus becoming the world’s fifth nuclear power. (Bloody cheese-eating, surrender-monkeys!)
2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term “planet” such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet. Mickey and Minnie are inconsolable.
Birthday wishes are sent to:
Orson Scott Card, 59 today.
Stephen Fry, the celebrated actor, comedian, writer and manic depressive, is 53.
And Ron Weasley. aka Rupert Grint, is all of 22-years-old today. Rupert, my friend, I hope you have a successful career, once the Harry Potter movies have finished.
A personal favourite of mine of mine when I was growing up was the actress Yootha Joyce. She was Mildred to Brian Murphy’s George in the classic English sit-com, George & Mildred. Yootha died on this day in 1980. She was 63.