You know where I live!
Before I head into today’s On This Day. let me first offer my congratulations to the Tipperary hurlers – they are the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions for 2010. Up Tipp!!
On this day in…
1492 – Christopher Columbus sails from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic for the first time. Perhaps he was stocking up on duty-free cigarettes and alcohol.
1847 – Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family in Concord, Massachusetts. The jury is out as to whether Ralphie charged him rent.
1901 – Anarchist Leon Czolgosz shoots and fatally wounds US President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
1944 – World War II: The city of Ypres, Belgium is liberated by allied forces.
1972 – Munich Massacre: 9 Israel athletes taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games by the Palestinian “Black September” terrorist group died (as did a German policeman) at the hands of the kidnappers during a failed rescue attempt. 2 other Israeli athletes are slain in the initial attack the previous day.
Birthdays today include:
Ex-Pink Floyd frontman, Roger Waters, is 67
Rosie Perez is 46.
The Wire and Luther star, Idris Elba, is 38.
British tennis players Tim Henman and Greg Rusesdski are 37 and 36 respectively.
On this day in 2007, the world of music lost perhaps its most famous operatic star. Luciano Pavarotti, R.I.P.