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.
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.
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!