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On This Day…2 September

I have been reliably informed that there are 120 days left until the end of the year. Make each one of them count!

Here endeth the preaching! Here cometh the history lesson!

On this day in…

1666 – The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral. (Someone forgot to turn the gas off!)

1901 – Vice President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” at the Minnesota State Fair. My big stick comes with me wherever I go. I need it in Dublin.

Crash site of the USS Shenandoah

1925 – The U.S. Zeppelin the USS Shenandoah crashes, killing 14.

1945 – Vietnam declares its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

1991 – The United States recognizes the independence of the Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Very decent of them, wouldn’t you say?

A number of actors and actresses celebrate their birthday today.

Keanu Reeves is 46.

This just about sums up Keanu's "acting" style.

The beautiful Salma Hayak is 44. Have a tequila shot on me, Salma.

Lost star Cynthia Watrose is 42.

Troy Donohue passed away on this day in 2000. You may remember him from such movies as Rome Adventure and A Distant Trumpet.

Then again, you may not.

On This Day…27 August

It’s Freaky Friday, so it’s time to get freaky with another edition of On This Day. Are you suitably freaked yet? No? Well, you should be. Sigh!

On this day in…

1798 – Wolfe Tone’s United Irish and French forces clash with the British Army in the Battle of Castlebar, part of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, resulting in the creation of the French puppet Republic of Connaught.

1928 – The Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war is signed by the first fifteen nations to do so. Ultimately sixty-one nations will sign it…and then have Corn Flakes for breakfast.

1979 – An IRA bomb kills British World War II admiral Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and 3 others while they are boating on holiday in Sligo, Republic of Ireland. Another bomb near Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland kills 18 British soldiers.

1991 – The European Community recognizes the independence of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. All of these countries have, at some point, beaten the Republic of Ireland soccer team. BOO!!

Today’s birthday boys and girls are:

Lady Antonia Fraser, the British author of historical fiction and the “Jemima Shore” mysteries is a stately 78.

Barbara Bach and husband Ringo Starr in the movie "Caveman." No, I didn't see it, either.

Bond girl and wife of Beatles’ drummer, Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach is a sultry 53.

Denise Lewis, the English heptathlete is a sprinty 38.

The world lost a legend of music on this day in 1990: the great Stevie Ray Vaughn.

I’ll let Stevie take you into your day and night with Voodoo Child.

On This Day…23 August

Hands up those of you that love Mondays! I see…two…no, three of you. That’s not too bad. I can live with that. In all honesty, I like Mondays. Because I normally work all or part of the weekend, Monday is my Friday. On this day, 23 August 2010, I hope each of you has a happy and productive week. Events of historical curiosity that occurred on today’s date include:

1572 – Mob violence against Huguenots in Paris – St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre. Huguenots cried foul. Bart cried “Doh!”

1775 – King George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion. Said rebels cry “No shit, Sherlock!:

Nice portrait, Your Majesty.

1799 – Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power. Josephine, once again, was left to her own devices. Poor Jo!

1939 – World War II: Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland are divided between the two nations. This carried on quite nicely for Hitler until…

1942 – World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad…and the beginning of the end of WWII.

Birthday candles are blown out today for:

Jay Mohr, American actor and comedian, who is 40. Here he is having a go at the Boston Red Sox.

River Phoenix would have been 40 today, too, if only he lived long enough.

The late River Phoenix

The actor Ray Park – “The Toad” from X-Men – is 36.

And basketball legend Kobe Bryant is 32.

One notable death on this day in 1960 was that of the lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. To close off today’s On This Day, I leave with a snippet of Oklahoma, the musical he wrote with Richard Rogers.