Good morning, good evening, or good night (depending on what time of the day you’re reading this). How goes it with you? All well? Great! I’m fine, too, thanks for asking.
Enough with the pleasantries, Jimbo, get on with the job at hand.
Okay, I will. Here we go! On this day in…
1701 – James Francis Edward Stuart, sometimes called the “Old Pretender”, becomes the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland. Nice one, Jimbo!
1812 – Russians set fire to Moscow shortly after midnight – the city burns down completely days later. Someone forgot to turn off the gas, methinks.
1908 – General Motors is founded.
1920 – The Wall Street bombing: a bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City – 38 are killed and 400 injured.
1955 – Juan Perón is deposed in Argentina. Eva went on to make a name for herself on stage and screen. Argentina never cried for her, though.
1992 – Black Wednesday: the Pound Sterling is forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism by currency speculators and is forced to devalue against the Deutschmark. The Euro-Sceptics were right, after all.
2007 – One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.
Happy candle-blowing day to:
Lauren Bacall, American actress, 86 today. You know how to whistle, don’t you?
Peter Falk, American actor and known to millions as Lt. Columbo is 83.
Mickey Rourke, American actor and the owner of the most beat-up face in Hollywood is 58.
Jennifer Tilly, American actress and star of one of the “hottest” movies I’ve ever seen, Bound, is a tasty 52. (WHAT?)
And in my attempt in keeping things Irish when I can, former World Snooker Champion Ken Doherty is 41 today.
Here’s a clip of the Darling of Dublin winning that championship in 1997.