On This Day…29 September

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

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.

Bobbys on the beat. (Image: historic-uk.com)

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.

Mafalda comics. (Image: andrewferguson.net)

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.

4 responses to “On This Day…29 September

  1. You made that bit about the X-B0x up, didn’t you? Pulling a fast one on us blondes, hey?

  2. Tony McCoy O'Grady

    James, I’d be careful of encounters with anyone from “The Office of Addresses and Encounters” – she’d be at least 360!

  3. Bardot yesterday, Ekberg today. I’m sensing a pattern. Who will it be tomorrow? 😉

    As for Bros, hmm. Matt Goss is doing alright for himself, though – he’s bagged himself a three-year residency performing at Caesars Palace in Vegas. Nice work if you can get it … (Don’t ask me how I know that, it’s just one of those useless bits of trivia which get lodged in my head!)

  4. Jerry Lee Lewis still alive at 75?
    Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!

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