Good morning and thank you for coming over to today’s On This Day. I hope your day is filled with cookies, chocolate, chips – and chocolate chip cookies. That’s all the major food groups covered.
Let’s move on directly and start with events on this day in…
61 BC – Pompey the Great celebrates his third triumph for victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars on his 45th birthday. That’s what happens when someone buys you an X-Box as a gift.
1650 – Henry Robinson opens his Office of Addresses and Encounters – the first historically documented dating service – in Threadneedle Street, London. Now that I’m newly single, maybe I’ll check it out.
1717 – An earthquake strikes Antigua Guatemala, destroying much of the city’s architecture and making authorities consider moving the capital to a different city.
1829 – The Metropolitan Police of London, later also known as the Met, is founded.
1916 – John D. Rockefeller becomes the first billionaire. Buddy, can you spare a dime?
1949 – The Communist Party of China writes the Common Programme for the future People’s Republic of China.
1964 – The Argentine comic strip Mafalda is published for the first time.
1979 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to set foot on Irish soil with his pastoral visit to the Republic of Ireland.
2008 – Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.
Birthday wishes today go to:
We had Brigitte yesterday; today it’s the turn of Anita Ekberg, Swedish sex symbol of the Fifties, who is 79.
Jerry Lee Lewis, American rock ‘n’ roller, is 75. Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!
Silvia Berlusconi, the controversial Italian prime minister, is a Mafia-endorsed 74. (Don’t quote me!)
And finally, on a really silly level, twins Matt and Luke Goss, of Eighties pop band Bros, are 42. They were famous – for a while.