On This Day…27 August

It’s Freaky Friday, so it’s time to get freaky with another edition of On This Day. Are you suitably freaked yet? No? Well, you should be. Sigh!

On this day in…

1798 – Wolfe Tone’s United Irish and French forces clash with the British Army in the Battle of Castlebar, part of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, resulting in the creation of the French puppet Republic of Connaught.

1928 – The Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war is signed by the first fifteen nations to do so. Ultimately sixty-one nations will sign it…and then have Corn Flakes for breakfast.

1979 – An IRA bomb kills British World War II admiral Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and 3 others while they are boating on holiday in Sligo, Republic of Ireland. Another bomb near Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland kills 18 British soldiers.

1991 – The European Community recognizes the independence of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. All of these countries have, at some point, beaten the Republic of Ireland soccer team. BOO!!

Today’s birthday boys and girls are:

Lady Antonia Fraser, the British author of historical fiction and the “Jemima Shore” mysteries is a stately 78.

Barbara Bach and husband Ringo Starr in the movie "Caveman." No, I didn't see it, either.

Bond girl and wife of Beatles’ drummer, Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach is a sultry 53.

Denise Lewis, the English heptathlete is a sprinty 38.

The world lost a legend of music on this day in 1990: the great Stevie Ray Vaughn.

I’ll let Stevie take you into your day and night with Voodoo Child.

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6 responses to “On This Day…27 August

  1. Have a super weekend James, thanks for the Stevie 🙂

  2. Have a fantabulous Friday, JM!

  3. Hey, just checked this out, I’ll have to go look for the others. That was GREAT! I knew some about Wolfe Tone and the Rebellion of 1798 but not about the French gov in the Rep. of Connaught. Oh, the research topics…*cackles gleefully* Too bad I’m not still doing French history. 😦 LOL. And, listening to the first vid you posted and I LOVE it! 🙂

  4. some years ago I met a old lady from Estonia….wonderful lady passed away. Her name was Laida…thank you for reminding me of her:) How precious freedom is!

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