On This Day…26 September

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Hello, my friends. Once again, I thank you for your support and apparent enjoyment of these little snippets of history.

May your Sunday be blessed with riches beyond your dreams.

Today I start with events on this day in…

1580 – Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth. This man had a lot of free time on his hands.

1789 – Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first United States Secretary of State, John Jay is appointed the first Chief Justice of the United States, Samuel Osgood is appointed the first United States Postmaster General, and Edmund Randolph is appointed the first United States Attorney General.

1820 – Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson proved tomatoes weren’t poisonous by eating several on the steps of the courthouse in Salem, New Jersey. I bet his digestive system loved him for this.


1908 – Ed Reulbach becomes the first and only pitcher to throw two shutouts in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1960 – In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. “Tricky Dicky” didn’t look comfortable at all.

1973 – Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time.

2009 – Typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.

The beautiful ONJ

Birthdays today:

Olivia Newton-John, English-born Australian singer and actress, is 62.

Linda Hamilton, American actress and star of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, is 54.

Mark Haddon, author of the 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, is 48.

Keisha Buchanan, English singer with the girl-band Sugababes, is 26.

Gone from us on this day are:

Robert Palmer, singer/songwriter and famous for the song Addicted to Love, died on this day in 2003.

Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman sadly left this world to go to a better stage in 2008. RIP, Paul.

10 responses to “On This Day…26 September

  1. And my eternal gratitude goes to Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson; imagine a world without the joy of tomotoes.

  2. Wow…is there ever a day Olivia doesn’t look great. I heard she has a new album..meditation music. From what I heard not bad if you like that sort of thing.

  3. Wonder if it’s only because tomatoes are a member of the “nightshade” family that people stayed away from them, or if the first two or three people/animals observed eating them were highly allergic and died as a result, was the reason they were presumed to be so terribly deadly? I’m sure there is a reason why tomatoes have only so relatively recently in human gustatory history become the heavenly delicacies they are! I’m with you, Cin! THREE CHEERS for Colonel Johnson!

    Indeed, RIP Paul Newman! Like losing a member of my “family.” Spent a large part of my youth and young adulthood living less than a mile from him. Went to High School with his son Scott. His blue eyes, visible even through his motorcycle helmet, were often seen cruising along the roads in Westport, CT. (Of course, the rest of his body went right along with those eyes for the ride!). Hubs took a dance class with his wife Joanne Woodward. She was and remains a delightful, down-to-earth lady. Seeing his face brings all those wonderful memories back. . .

  4. Oh my God, I visit the same blog as someone who went to high school with Paul Newman’s son. I’m hyperventilating, but that might just be because I’m British. Paula, I really hope this is ok, but I’m going to tell all my friends.

    The tomato thing doesn’t surprise me. Here we have a natural suspicion of any colourful vegetable, because the most interesting veg we have is a swede, which is pale orange and much uglier than your average pumpkin. Add to that cabbage and parsnips and you will see why we thought tomatoes were the Devil.

  5. Ah, Kate – not such a huge deal. Poor guy went on to commit suicide (drug OD) just a short time later. Their kids all went to public school for at least some of their schooling. I didn’t know Scott except to say “hello” to – didn’t share any courses with him (but we sat in the nurse’s office together once!). We had a large school – about 1600 students, 680 in my class. The youngest daughter, Susan (quite a bit younger than I) was a student in one of the elementary classes taught by my best friend’s Mom. The Newmans were a fixture in Westport, and generally were left alone, which is why they stayed, I believe. There was always the occasional gawker, though! My brother stood in line next to him at the ice cream shop one day (Baskin-Robbins), and happened to have his camera with him. He asked PN if he could take his picture. The reply was, “As long as I don’t have to do anything, OK!” So Dick (my bro) snapped away. PN had his sunglasses on (almost always did), but you could still see those blue eyes through the lenses. I’ll have to ask my bro to send me a copy of one of those photos – I’ll send you a copy if I get one!

  6. I would LOVE to see those Paula:-)

  7. Do you take tea or coffee, ladies? You chat away and I’ll listen in 🙂

  8. And a nice big raspberry to you, too, Aardie! 😛

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