On This Day…23 September

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Welcome to another action-packed, thrill-a-minute piece of history trivia. I hope you get as much fun out of reading these as I do putting them together. They take time, but it’s time well spent.

Today we start with…

1122 – Concordat of Worms: an agreement between Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V near the city of Worms. It brought to an end the first phase of the power struggle between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Emperors. And you thought it was all about gathering live bait for fishing…

1779 – American Revolution: a squadron commanded by John Paul Jones on board the USS Bonhomme Richard wins the Battle of Flamborough Head, off the coast of England, against two British warships. 1-0 to the US.

A photogenic bunch, don't you think? (Image: 19cbaseball.com)

1845 – The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, is founded in New York.

1889 – Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda.

1909 – The Phantom of the Opera (original title: Le Fantôme de l’Opéra), a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, was first published as a serialization in Le Gaulois. So now we know who to blame for the musical.

1952 – Richard Nixon makes his “Checkers speech”.

1999 – NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter.

2002 – The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (“Phoenix 0.1”) is released.

Happy birthday to:

Mickey Rooney is a venerable 90 today.

Jason Alexander as George (Image: seinfeldscripts.com)

The Spanish singing superstar Julio Iglesias is 67.

Paolo Rossi, the Italian footballer who won the World Cup Golden Boot in 1982, is 54.

Jason Alexander, who plays George from the hit series Seinfeld, is 51.

Eric Miller, Irish rugby player, is 35.

But the birthday I really want to celebrate today is the Boss, Bruce Springsteen. He turns 61 and shows no sign of ever slowing down.

Go on ya good thing!

8 responses to “On This Day…23 September

  1. And there I thought old Gaston Leroux was a chef …
    (Don’t like Bruce Springsteen, his arms are longer than his legs. And he shouts.)

    Have a nice day and thanks for the history, aardie!

  2. I must arise and go now, and go to the City Of Worms.
    If you had only included that one piece of trivia, you would have made my day.
    As it is, as usual, my cup is overflowing.

  3. I love it when I overflow a lady’s cup. It’s my raison d’etre 😉

  4. Ah, Kate! You are quickly joining my list of BFF’s, (where you will find other such dignitaries as ol’ Aardie himself). You must be extremely intelligent and witty – because I understand that like attracts like! (Uh-huh! I have it on the best authority – ME!) I always figured that worms played a huge part in the early history of the (so-called) church. Can’t you just SEE Cali 2 and Hank Cinq sitting at that table together? I am so glad such a city exists – it can offer an entirely new perspective on anything that takes place within the city limits!

    Thanks again James! Your “AT” is always a highlight of my blogging day!

  5. Love Bruce! He grew up 5 minutes from where I grew up.

    Asbury Park and the Stone Pony . . . right around the corner from my favorite beach.

    I’m a Jersey Girl. 8)

  6. And, yes . . . I enjoy reading these! 🙂

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