On This Day…2 October

Saturday, 2 October 2010

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.)

John Logie Baird and friend. (Image: britannica.com)

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.

10 responses to “On This Day…2 October

  1. And, at the mention of Mister Sting, I can only thank him for the delightful tribute to Quentin Crisp; Englishman in New York.
    Have a super-duper Saturday, James.

  2. What an auspicious day! But you left out the most important: My brother, Richard Bowers Tohline was born October 2, 1948 to the cheers of all! These cheers were only to be topped by MY birth 2-1/2 years later in April of 1951 (which makes me only slightly older than Sting, also a favorite of mine!). Perhaps I should also note here that Dick’s and mybirths (as well as an older brother’s) were accomplished in Texas (Beaumont, to be exact). I didn’t become a Connecticut Yankee until I was 12 years old; however, I never considered myself a Rebel anyway!

    I suppose that it should also be mentioned that another important soul was born on October 2. Mohandas K. Gandhi was born 10/2/1869, which would make him 141 years old today, not including of course all his previous years of reincarnation.

    Now, I would like to rewrite your entry for this day in 1919:

    1919 – US President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed. (91 years later, the US economy leaves Obama totally paralyzed). Perhaps more accurately stated:

    1919 – US President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed. (91 years later, greedy machinations by Wall Street and US banks deal their crippling blows on the US economy, fatally injuring many innocent bystanders. Attempts to stave off complete paralysis by a new President are thwarted by a fractious, greedy Congress, resulting in partial failure everywhere. . .awww….forget it! You were right the first time! 😀

  3. I love these things. I read them in the paper all the time. But none are as witty as yours Jimbo! Love the Obama comment and the tantric slide-in. Well written and very, very informative. Note to self: before bragging on my new invention, get a license for something not invented yet…huh?

  4. Peanuts, the Telly and Opus Dei. It’s a lot to take in….I don’t know how you do it, James….

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