Today, Her Ladyship and I head up to Athlone for a weekend break. God knows we need one. But don’t worry your little heads. I have the weekend’s posts of On This Day scheduled and ready to go. Watch this space.
When you’ve finished watching this space, you will learn that on this day in…
1509 – An earthquake known as “The Lesser Judgment Day” hits Istanbul. Whoever called it that had a wicked sense of humour.
1798 – At the Battle of St. George’s Caye, British Honduras defeats Spain. Fernando Torres missed a penalty in the 90th minute to level the tie.
1823 – Simón Bolívar is named President of Peru.
1939 – World War II: The submarine HMS Oxley is mistakenly sunk by the submarine HMS Triton near Norway and becomes the Royal Navy’s first loss. Bad luck, old chaps!
1972 – The United States suffers its first loss of an international basketball game in a disputed match against the Soviet Union at Munich, Germany.
2008 – The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland. Whatever it was it was supposed to do, it’s still doing it…I think.
Happy birthday to:
Jose Feliciano, the blind Latin American singer is 65.
Marian Keyes, bestselling Irish author, is 47.
Colin Firth, Mr. D’arcy from the BBC’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is 50.
And Johnny Fingers, formerly of The Boomtown Rats, is 54.
You might know this song, as well as recognising a certain young Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof…