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On This Day…26 September

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Hello, my friends. Once again, I thank you for your support and apparent enjoyment of these little snippets of history.

May your Sunday be blessed with riches beyond your dreams.

Today I start with events on this day in…

1580 – Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth. This man had a lot of free time on his hands.

1789 – Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first United States Secretary of State, John Jay is appointed the first Chief Justice of the United States, Samuel Osgood is appointed the first United States Postmaster General, and Edmund Randolph is appointed the first United States Attorney General.

1820 – Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson proved tomatoes weren’t poisonous by eating several on the steps of the courthouse in Salem, New Jersey. I bet his digestive system loved him for this.

Supersonic!

1908 – Ed Reulbach becomes the first and only pitcher to throw two shutouts in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1960 – In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. “Tricky Dicky” didn’t look comfortable at all.

1973 – Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time.

2009 – Typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.

The beautiful ONJ

Birthdays today:

Olivia Newton-John, English-born Australian singer and actress, is 62.

Linda Hamilton, American actress and star of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, is 54.

Mark Haddon, author of the 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, is 48.

Keisha Buchanan, English singer with the girl-band Sugababes, is 26.

Gone from us on this day are:

Robert Palmer, singer/songwriter and famous for the song Addicted to Love, died on this day in 2003.

Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman sadly left this world to go to a better stage in 2008. RIP, Paul.

On This Day…3 September

It’s Friday again. The start of the weekend; the day all dreams are made of. If you have the same kind of dreams I do, you just know the weekend is going to be something special.

So without further ado (or adon’t), here’s what happened on this day in…

301 – San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world’s oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus. Do you know where San Marino is? It’s a principality situated on the eastern side of the Apennine Mountains, completely surrounded by Italy. There now! Don’t say you haven’t learned something today.

This painting by Benjamin West depicts American delegates John Jay, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Henry Laurens and William Temple Franklin. The painting is unfinished because the British delegation refused to pose.

1783 – American Revolutionary War: The war ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain.

1939 – World War II: France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, forming the Allies.

2004 – Beslan school hostage crisis: Day 3: The Beslan hostage crisis ends with the deaths of over 300 people, more than half of which are children. A tragic event, surely.

Blowing out candles today are:

Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine star Pauline Collins, 70. (Educating Rita was set in Liverpool but was filmed at Trinity College, Dublin.)

Bad boy Charlie Sheen will celebrate his 45th birthday today in rehab…hopefully.

Lá Breithe Shona Duit!

The great director Frank Capra passed away on this day in 1991. When one thinks of Capra, It’s a Wonderful Life comes to mind. For me, it’s Lost Horizon every time. R.I.P. Frank!