And so we arrive at another Friday. A day which can only mean one thing for your friendly neighbourhood aardvark: DATE NIGHT!!
So while I’m busy getting myself scrubbed up for a night out with Her Ladyship, I’ll leave you with titbits and morsels from bygone times. Starting with events on this day in…
1180 – Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration dies. The Byzantine Empire slips into terminal decline. Poor things!
1645 – Battle of Rowton Heath, Parliamentarian victory over a Royalist army commanded in person by King Charles. It’s good when a king makes a personal appearance. Could’ve got him killed, though.
1789 – The United States Congress passed a Judiciary Act that provided an attorney general and The Supreme Court.
1869 – “Black Friday”: Gold prices plummet after Ulysses S. Grant orders the Treasury to sell large quantities of gold after Jay Gould and James Fisk plot to control the market. So, no Goldfinger, then.
1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation’s first National Monument.
1950 – Forest fires black out the sun over portions of Canada and New England. A Blue moon (in the astronomical sense) is seen as far away as Europe.
1990 – Periodic Great White Spot observed on Saturn. NASA sends up a ship filled with Clearasil.
1979 – Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service, which features the first public electronic mail service.
2008 – The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is topped off at 1,389 feet (423 m), at the time becoming the world’s highest residence above ground-level.
Celebrating birthdays today are:
Hercules actor and all-round nice guy, Kevin Sorbo is 52.
John Logan, American screenwriter and Oscar-winner for Gladiator, is 49.
Nia Vardalos, the Canadian actress and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, is 48.
Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), American children’s writer (b. 1904) and creator of The Cat in the Hat died on this day in 1991. I never “got” him myself, but I know he has legions of fans. This is for you.