Today is the day when Counties Down and Kildare meet in the second semi-final in Croke Park. Whoever wins earns the right to play Cork in the All-Ireland Senior Football Final on 19 September. But that’s another day’s work. Here’s what went down on this day in…
1498 – Vasco da Gama decides to depart Calicut and return to Portugal. He was really sure he’d forgotten to turn the lights off before he left.
1831 – Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction. Then some bright “spark” decided it was a good idea to start charging people for it. Hence da Gama’s decision to head home 340 years earlier. (Yes, he had a time machine, didn’t you know?)
1898 – The Goodyear tire company is founded. (What’s the difference between a tire and 365 condoms? One’s a Goodyear, the other’s a really good year. Sorry!)
1966 – The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. It was the beginning of the end of an era.
2005 – Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $80 billion in damage. Was it really five years ago this happened?
Born today and getting ready to blow out the candles are:
Risky Business and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle star, Rebecca de Mornay is 51
Former Republic of Ireland soccer player, Stephen Carr, is 34. Come on, Steve, you can still do a job for us.
The lovely Lea Michele, star of Glee, is 24 – much too old to be in high-school, but one heck of a singer.