It’s a Tuesday, too. So, happy Tuesday, people.
On this day, 31 August, in…
1422 – Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of 9 months. They start them young over there. Just as well he didn’t become Pope – he’d still be at the Vatican now. Popes last forever.
This one is my favourite. In 1888, Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper’s known victims. Was Jack’s identity ever comprehensively revealed?
1948 – Actor Robert Mitchum is arrested in a Hollywood drug raid. He would later be found guilty of criminal conspiracy to possess marijuana and sentenced to 60 days in prison. That’s our Robert – always the wild man.
1994 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares a ceasefire. Yeah…right.
1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris. I remember this like it was yesterday. Only it wasn’t. It was 13 years ago.
Birthdays today include:
American actor and universal heartthrob, Richard Gere is 61
Glenn Tilbrook, English singer and guitarist with Squeeze is 53
And triple-Major winner, golfer Padraig Harrington (he’s from Dublin, you know) is 39 and celebrates today with a Captain’s Pick in this year’s Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales.