After what was a great weekend for Irish sport (Katie Taylor winning her third consecutive World Amateur Boxing title; Cork coming out on top to win their first All-Ireland championship in 20 years; the u-17s doing us proud in Trinidad & Tobago by reaching the World Cup quarter-finals – only to lose to Japan; Dimitar Berbatov scoring a hat-trick for Manchester United against Liverpool), I warmly welcome you to Monday, and another week of On This Day.
And so let’s get the show on the road, starting with this day in…
1519 – Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe.
1633 – Galileo Galilei is tried before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun. The CDF obviously thought the world revolved around them.
1881 – Chester A. Arthur is inaugurated as the 21st President of the United States following the assassination of James Garfield. Being the 21st, Chester got the key to the door of the White House.
1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival is held.
1967 – The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched at John Brown & Company, Clydebank, Scotland. It is operated by the Cunard Line.
1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
2000 – The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile. Where’s James Bond when you need him?
The beautiful Sophia Loren celebrates her 76th birthday today.
Also celebrating birthdays today are:
George R. R. Martin, American author of A Game of Thrones, is 62.
Gary Cole, American actor and star of The Brady Bunch, is 54.
Alannah Currie, New Zealander musician and singer with The Thompson Twins is 53.
My first ever live concert was The Thompson Twins, at the SFX Hall in Dublin. So sue me!