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On This Day…17 September

17 September 2010

With a new logo (thank you Google Images) and fresh spring in my step, it’s away I go in this on-going series of events that occurred down through the years on this day. As usual, where it is appropriate, aardvarkian comments will add to the experience.

So with that out of the way, let us press forward and begin with this day in…

1462 – The Battle of Świecino (also known as the Battle of Żarnowiec) is fought during Thirteen Years’ War. At half time – six and a half years in – they all went into their dressing rooms for a nice cup of tea.

image: legendsofamerica.com

1776 – The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain. I saw the Sean Connery movie. It was alright.

1787 – The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1920 – The National Football League is organized in Canton, Ohio, United States. Unfortunately, there’s no place for Manchester United.

1956 – Television is first broadcast in Australia. Hence, Skippy and Home and Away. (Go, Nicole!)

2001 – The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 Attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.

Birthday boys and girls today include:

Damon Hill, English race car driver and 1996 F1 world champion, is 50.

Baz Luhrmann, Australian film director of Romeo + Juliet and Australia, is 48.

Bryan Singer, American director of The Usual Suspects, X Men I & 2, is the same age as myself, 45.

The tragic Paula Yates, ex-wife of Bob Geldof and lover of INXS singer Michael Hutchence, sadly took her own life today in 2000. What a sad loss she was to her family and fans.

On This Day…30 August

It’s another Monday, and another week has to be endured before we get to the weekend. I’ll try to wean you in gently with another one of my On This Day posts. Today is 30 August 2010, and on this day in…

1574 – Guru Ram Das became the Fourth Sikh Guru/Master. Nancy Hatch will no doubt know this, wouldn’t you, Nancy?

Why in heaven's name is Canberra the capital of Australia? Answers on a postcard to please to Aardvarkian Tales.

1835 – Melbourne, Australia is founded. I’ll take this moment to say hello to my Antipodean friends. You know who you are.

1918 – Fanny Kaplan shoots and seriously injures Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin. This, along with the assassination of Bolshevik senior official Moisei Uritsky days earlier, prompts the decree for Red Terror.

1967 – Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

1984 – STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage.

A very happy birthday to:

Isn't she lovely?

The very beautiful and very talented (even if Knight and Day sucked) Cameron Diaz is 38.

Former US Open winner, tennis star Andy Roddick is 28.

And Emily Bear, American child pianist and composer, is the venerable age of nine. Aww!

An actor I was quite fond of died this day in 1993, Richard Jordan. I didn’t know he was dead until many years later. I’ll leave you with this tribute. Until tomorrow, then…