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.
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.