I welcome you to today’s installment of On This Day, the first one in the merry month of October. I know it should be the “merry, merry month of May,” but we do things differently in Ireland. Like bailing out banks to the tune of 29 billion euro. Yes, Anglo Irish Bank, I’m looking at you!
Anyway, before I have a total canary, I’ll go straight to events on this day in…
959 – Edgar the Peaceable becomes king of all England. He succeeded Gerald the Bloodthirsty Warmonger.
1795 – Belgium is conquered by France, despite going 1-0 in the first half.
1811 – The first steamboat to sail the Mississippi River arrives in New Orléans, Louisiana.
1829 – South African College is founded in Cape Town, South Africa; it will later separate into the University of Cape Town and the South African College Schools.
1880 – First electric lamp factory opened by Thomas Edison. What a bright spark he was!
1903 – Baseball: The Boston Americans play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the modern World Series.
1931 – The George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey and New York opens.
1946 – Mensa International is founded in the United Kingdom. I’m still waiting to see if they’ve accepted my membership.
1957 – First appearance of “In God We Trust” on U.S. paper currency. Just as well God isn’t a banker!
1971 – Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida, United States.
1975 – Thrilla in Manila: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila, Philippines.
1989 – Denmark: World’s first legal modern same-sex civil union called “registered partnership.”
Birthday wishes go to:
Jimmy Carter, former American president and world-famous peanut farmer, is a dry roasted 86-years-old today.
Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music star Julie Andrews is 75.
Randy Quaid is 60.
And Irish pop singer and actor Keith (Boyzone) Duffy is 26.