On This Day…22 September

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

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”.

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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:

Novelist Fay Weldon (telegraph.co.uk)

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.

6 responses to “On This Day…22 September

  1. Excellent list ~ David HA is a bit braver than me.

    I’ve been in a hot air balloon ride for a few hours over the California desert . . . I wouldn’t consider taking one across the Atlantic, sleeping only an hour at a time. 8)

  2. Great post, Aardie, EEXCEPT!!! I could have gone the rest of my life without ever even seeing a reference to Wagner again. He is so low on my list of composers that I might listen to if held at gunpoint, that I would probably give the old Jack Benny response. “Listen to this or I kill you – your choice!” My answer, “I’m thinking, I’m thinking!”

    My BFF is a devoted Wagner fan – when we were teens we used to come almost to blows over this subject! To me, he is and always will be, the original Nazi! Needless to say, she is not amused! Thanks for the history lesson. Think I’ll go wind my cuckoo clock and give thanks!

  3. I’m with Paula on the whole Wagner thing. I studied music and they kept demonstrating how epoch making he was, and I know he is, really, it’s just he’s so very heavy….
    That was a very busy day in history indeed. Thanks for a great post….

  4. Yes, Kate – he was epoch-making! So were the Nazis, and Bubonic plague, and the A-bomb, etc. I not only “studied” music, music and theater were my college majors. So much for my uninformed opinion (so says my BFF) of his legendary “gesamtkunstwerk!” He was complete, all right. . .a complete jacka**. Goodness! Where do you suppose all this vitriole is coming from? Hmmm. . .think I’ll go out and try to ground a flying Dutchman. (No offense KLM).

  5. Oh I got a great mash up…Andrea and Joan Jet singing Happy Birthday to each other:)

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