The 2010 Ryder Cup has gone into a fourth day for the first time in its 83 year history. The inclement weather (i.e. the rain came down in elephant-sized buckets) called a halt to yesterday morning’s play. The organizers have decided to play all twelve singles matches today, starting at 9am GMT. This bit of information will be important for future posts of On This Day.
You see? That’s what I call thinking forward – history is made every day.
So what did happen on this day in other years? Let’s find out and start with…
1537 – The first complete English-language Bible (the Matthew Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.
1582 – Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian Calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year is followed directly by October 15. So if your birthday fell between October 5 and 14, hard luck.
1830 – Creation of the state of Belgium after separation from The Netherlands. This makes Hercules Poirot and Tintin very happy indeed.
1883 – First run of the Orient Express. Getting tickets for this journey proved to be murder.
1910 – Declaration of the Portuguese Republic. King Manuel II flees to the United Kingdom…and lands a part in TV reality show, The X-Monarch Factor.
1965 – Becoming the first Pope to ever visit the United States of America and the Western hemisphere, Pope Paul VI arrives in New York.
1997 – The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million in cash which had been taken.
Birthdays today include:
Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon is 61. (Sorry, Tim, she’s mine now!)
Alicia (Clueless) Silverstone is 31 – and the less said about Batman and Robin, the better.
Chris Lowe, one half of electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, is 52.
Janis Joplin died today in 1970. She was just 27-years-old.