Today is an important day the Irish sporting calender. It’s the first Sunday in September, which means it’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final day in Croke Park. The mighty black and amber of Kilkenny are aiming to win an unprecedented five titles in a row. Their opponents today are the same as last year: Tipperary, the Rebel County. So, good luck Tipp! Ye have your work cut out for you.
On this day in…
1666 – Great Fire of London ends: 10,000 buildings including St. Paul’s Cathedral are destroyed, but only 16 people are known to have died.
1836 – Sam Houston is elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas. Good man, Sam!
1945 – Cold War: Igor Gouzenko, a Soviet Union embassy clerk, defects to Canada, exposing Soviet espionage in North America, signalling the beginning of the Cold War. Thriller writers everywhere rubbed their hands in glee. (It’s always handy to have a tub of glee around the house.)
2007 – Three terrorists suspected to be a part of Al-Qaeda are arrested in Germany after allegedly planning attacks on both the Frankfurt International airport and US military installations.
Notable birthdays today are:
Australian actor and former James Bond George Lazenby is 71. Give him another chance, I say. I loved On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Raquel Welch is 70, God bless her.
Batman and Beetlejuice star Michael Keaton is 59. Say his name three times, please.
But on this day in 1945, Scottish singer/songwriter Al Stewart was born. I shall leave you today with the song that most of you would know him by.