On This Day…24 September

Friday, 24 September 2010

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.

Devil's Tower National Monument, Wyoming. (Image: destination360.com)

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.

Trump Tower, Chicago. (Image: news.medill.northwestern.edu)

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.

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8 responses to “On This Day…24 September

  1. And it’s National Braai Day in South Africa, let’s burn some meat!

  2. Dr. Seuss is one of my all time favorite writers. The Holidays wouldn’t been the same without the . . . the . . . the GRINCH!

    Have fun on your date night.

  3. Hey Aardie! You left off the two most important tidbits about the “Devil’s Tower” Monument! For one, it was the central focus of Spielberg’s epic, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and it also figured prominently in one of the Star Trek movies with Shatner/Nimoy/Kelley. Don’t remember the number right off hand, but I think it’s #5 – “The Undiscovered Country.” Am I embarrassed that I would even remember the name of the film as well as the number? No! Because I’m obviously not such a Trekkie that I can give you the complete plot lines, dialogue highlights, and names of each and every associate producer. I do remember however that this particular film featured Christopher Plummer in a delightful “Klingon” role, and he and Shatner took turns chewing up the scenery! But then again, I may be confusing this plot with another, so, you see? I’m not a nerd, nor am I a true Trekkie – I just remember that the one where Devil’s Tower was in it had Capt. Kirk’s great line, “I’ve always known I’ll never die alone.” H-E-L-L-L-P!!! Starting to sound suspiciously like….a…………NERD!!!!

  4. Well, I have some good news, and some bad news (at least in reference to me!) I have discovered that I am not the nerd I feared (good news), and I made a couple of blunders in my comment above (bad news). One error is that the monument featured in the Star Trek movie was “El Capitan,” and not the Devil’s Tower. DT was in the Spielberg flick however. Another boo-boo is that Kirk said, “I’ve always known I’ll die alone,” and not “never.” In the 7th ST film he does die, but he is not alone – Capt. Picard is with him! ST movie mentioned above is #6, and not #5. “The Undiscovered Country” is the one with Christopher Plummer and a lot of scenery chewing does go on, but the movie with the scene on El Capitan is #6 – “The Final Frontier.”

    Now, aren’t you glad I cleared that all up for you? Unfortunately, I think I just proved once again that I am indeed a Trekkie nerd. . .AAAACCKKK! Just shoot me now. . .

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