Hello and welcome to another journey through history. Take notes, people, I’ll be asking questions later.
Are you ready? Okay, let’s start today with events On This Day in…
1535 – Jacques Cartier discovers Montreal, Quebec. Then he decided to make some really expensive watches. Give me a Timex any day of the week.
1835 – The Texas Revolution begins with the Battle of Gonzales: Mexican soldiers attempt to disarm the people of Gonzales, Texas, but encounter stiff resistance from a hastily assembled militia. (Sigh…I live Texas. I am so going back there next year.)
1919 – US President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed. (91 years later, the US economy leaves Obama totally paralyzed)
1925 – John Logie Baird performs the first test of a working television system. He was then fined by the courts for not having an up-to-date TV licence.
1928 – The “Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God”, commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá. Dan Brown thinks of an idea for a novel – in italics.
1950 – Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published.
1959 – The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television.
1990 – A Chinese airline Boeing 737-247 is hijacked; after landing at Guangzhou, it crashes into two airliners on the ground, killing 132 people.
2002 – The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.
2009 – The Twenty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland is approved at the second attempt, permitting the state to ratify the European Union’s Treaty of Lisbon. This proves the old saying true: If at first you don’t mess it up, try, try again.
Celebrity birthdays today include:
Don McClean, American folk singer, famous for his classic American Pie, is 65.
Donna Karan, the fashion designer, is 62.
And my favourite tantric Policeman, Sting (born Gordon Sumner in 1951), is a fragile 59.