Hello and a warm welcome to Wednesday, the day that’s neither here nor there. The mid-point between weekends. Keep your head down and your nose clean, for Friday is only two days away.
Quite a bit happened on this day in history, so without messing around let’s get started with…
1499 – Treaty of Basel: Switzerland becomes an independent state. Cuckoo clock makers everywhere finally have a base for their operations.
1789 – The office of United States Postmaster General is established.
1869 – Richard Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold premieres in Munich.
1885 – Lord Randolph Churchill makes a speech in Ulster in opposition to Home Rule e.g. “Ulster will fight and Ulster will be right”.
1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published.
1896 – Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history.
1927 – Jack Dempsey loses the “Long Count” boxing match to Gene Tunney.
1955 – In the United Kingdom, the television channel ITV goes live for the first time.
1980 – Iraq invades Iran.
2003 – David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon.
Birthdays today include:
British feminist and author Fay Weldon is 79.
Joan Jett, she of the Blackhearts, is a rocking 52.
Billie Piper, Rose Tyler from Doctor Who, is 28.
For classical music lovers, the brilliant Andrea Bocelli is 52.
Time to say goodbye, Andrea.
I couldn’t let this day pass without paying tribute to one of my favourite actors, the great George C. Scott, who passed away on this day in 1999. Here is his iconic and Oscar-winning performance as Patton.