Congratulations go to Kim Clijsters for retaining her US Open title and to Wexford for regaining their All-Ireland Senior Camogie title, beating Galway in a thriller at Croke Park.
The weekend Bad Boys Award goes to Manchester United for conceding a 3-1 lead in the last three minutes of their game at Everton. Wankers! ManYoo are supposed to be great away from home. Just ask Wayne Rooney…
Anyway, on to the business at hand. On this day in…
1609 – Henry Hudson reached the river that would later be named after him – the Hudson River. He was a rock, that man Hudson.
1759 – Battle of the Plains of Abraham: British defeat French near Quebec City in the Seven Years’ War, known in the United States as the French and Indian War.
1814 – Francis Scott Key writes The Star-Spangled Banner.
1899 – Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.
1948 – Margaret Chase Smith is elected senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
1971 – People’s Republic of China, Chairman Mao Zedong’s second in command and successor Marshal Lin Biao fled the country via a plane after the failure of alleged coup against the supreme leader, the plane crashed in Mongolia, killing all aboard.
1993 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shakes hands with PLO chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.
Expecting cards in the post today are:
Actress Jacqueline Bisset, 66
Michael Johnson, American athlete and winner of four Olympic gold medals, 43
Shane Warne, Australian cricket legend and spin bowler extraordinaire, 41.
Stella McCartney, daughter of Sir Paul and an acclaimed fashion designer in her own right, 39.
Luke Fitzgerald, Leinster, Ireland and Lions rugby player , 23.