The weather has taken a turn for the worst. Yesterday it rained twice. First for eight hours, then again for the remaining sixteen. I have Noah on speed-dial. He’s gathering the animals, I’m collecting welfare payments. See you in Waterworld, people.
On this day in…
1191 – Third Crusade: Battle of Arsuf – Richard I of England defeats Saladin at Arsuf.
1907 – Cunard Line’s RMS Lusitania sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.
1953 – Nikita Khrushchev is elected first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Does this mean he took minutes?
1978 – While walking across Waterloo Bridge in London, Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov is assassinated by Bulgarian secret police agent Francesco Giullino by means of a ricin pellet fired from in a specially-designed umbrella.
2008 – The US Government takes control of the two largest mortgage financing companies in the US, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Happy birthday to:
Michael Emerson, Lost‘s Ben Linus, who is 56 today.
Chrissie Hynde, singer with The Pretenders and ex-wife of Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr, is 59.
Julie Kavner, the voice of Marge Simpson, is 60.
And the singer of the song that terrifies married men everywhere, Gloria Gaynor, is 61.
I don’t know about you, but I “will survive” if I never hear this song again.