Today is the biggest day of the Irish sporting calender: All-Ireland Senior Football Final day in Croke Park. The Rebels of Cork take on the Mourne Men of Down in what should be a cracker of a match at GAA headquarters. Grannies will be sold for a ticket!
My head says Cork will win; my heart says Down will shade it. We’ll see who’s right tomorrow. I shall report then.
But for now, on this day in…
1870 – Having invaded the Papal States a week earlier, the Italian Army lays siege to Rome, entering the city the next day, after which the Pope described himself as a Prisoner in the Vatican. He only recently escaped and was last seen in Birmingham.
1881 – President James A. Garfield dies of wounds suffered in a July 2 shooting. He hung around for while, didn’t he?
1900 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid commit their first robbery together, while raindrops kept falling on their heads.
1945 – Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) is sentenced to death in London. I bet he wasn’t laughing then.
1970 – The first Glastonbury Festival is held at Michael Eavis’s farm in Glastonbury, United Kingdom.
1985 – Tipper Gore and other political wives form the Parents Music Resource Center as Frank Zappa and other musicians testify at U.S. Congressional hearings on obscenity in rock music.
Happy birthday to:
1933 – David McCallum, Scottish actor and star of The Man from UNCLE, Sapphire and Steel, and N.C.I.S., 77.
1948 – Jeremy Irons, English actor and Oscar-winner for Reversal of Fortune, 62.
1963 – Jarvis Cocker, English musician and singer with British band Pulp, 47.