In this continuing series of On This Day, I scour through the archives (okay, the interwebs) for succulent morsels which hopefully will help you to settle into your day.
So with that out of the way, on this day in…
1781 – Los Angeles, California, is founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola) by 44 Spanish settlers. This was such a mouthful, they shortened it to L.A.
1884 – The United Kingdom ends its policy of penal transportation to New South Wales in Australia. A customer of mine was asked once if he had a criminal record on applying for a holiday visa to Australia. His answer to that was he didn’t think it was a necessity anymore.
1948 – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates for health reasons. Poor thing!
1950 – First appearance of the “Beetle Bailey” comic strip.
1998 – Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University. Nice work if you can get it.
Happy birthday to:
Damon Wayans, American actor and comedian, 50 today.
Lance Klusener, South African cricketer, 39.
And Beyoncé Knowles, American singer and actress, is a very bootalicious 29.