On This Day…18 September

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Howdy, people. Professor Jimbo here, ready to profess his profession and confess to a procession recession and concession.


Nope, don’t look at me. I haven’t a clue, either. Maybe I drink too much coffee, who knows.

Are you ready for a ride through history? Pay your fare, get on board, and let’s start with…

324 – Constantine the Great decisively defeats Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis, establishing Constantine’s sole control over the Roman Empire. I wonder if he offered timeshare…

1502 – Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his fourth, and final, voyage. There he spotted Steven Spielberg, prepping for Jurassic Park.

1802 – The Royal Opera House opens in London. Tickets cost a “tenor”.

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. Website: arthurlloyd.co.uk

1837 – Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City. The store is called a “stationery and fancy goods emporium”. A great place for breakfast, so I hear.

1872 – King Oscar II accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway. What – one country wasn’t enough, Oscar?

1914 – The Irish Home Rule Act becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I…or until after the pubs shut – whichever came first.

1939 – William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw) makes his first Nazi propaganda broadcast.

1960 – Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations.

1988 – End of pro-democracy uprisings in Myanmar after a bloody military coup by the State Law and Order Restoration Council. Thousands, mostly monks and civilians (primarily students) are killed by the Tatmadaw.

2009 – The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast.

Born on this day were:

1936 – Big Tom, Irish country singer, 74.

He's a nice guy, really.

1949 – Peter Shilton, English record-holding goalkeeper. Known to his friends as “Safe Hands”, he is 61 today.

1961 – James Gandolfini, American actor and star of The Sopranos, 49.

1971 – Lance Armstrong, American cyclist and  six time Tour de France winner, 39.

1983 – Kevin Doyle, Republic of Ireland and Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder, 27. Go, Doyler!! Great goal against Andorra!

Jimi Hendrix died today in 1970. Let’s head off into our day with a bit of Purple Haze…

4 responses to “On This Day…18 September

  1. Can’t believe Hendrix has been dead for 40 years!

  2. I spend most my days in a purple haze . . .

  3. Haw-haw and Spielberg, together at last. Only you could manage that one, James. Busy day, wasn’t it? Makes me think I must have got off lightly in 2010..

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