The Ryder Cup has come back to Europe, and on the morning after the night before, I wish Colin Montgomery’s team of twelve good men and true a happy hangover.
In all fairness the tournament could have gone either way. Tiger Woods showed why he is still the number one golfer in the world; 21-year-old rookie, Ricky Fowler’s last gasp half against Eduardo Molinari put pressure on reigning US Open Champion, Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, needing a win in the last match against Hunter Mahan to regain the trophy Europe lost to the United States in 2008. And win he did. Europe beat the U.S. by 14.5 points to 13.5.
Sorry…this is supposed to be an On This Day post. Pardon my exuberance, my friends. GO TEAM EUROPE!
Now that I’ve got that out of the way, let’s begin with events on this day in…
1143 – The king Alfonso VII of Leon recognises Portugal as a Kingdom. The Portuguese think it’s about bloody time he found his glasses.
1789 – French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris.
1864 – The Indian city of Calcutta is almost totally destroyed by a cyclone; 60,000 die.
1903 – Sir Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O’Connor are appointed as foundation justices.
1905 – Wilbur Wright pilots Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that stood until 1908.
1945 – Hollywood Black Friday: A six month strike by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers’ studios.
1962 – Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, was released.
1968 – Police baton civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland – considered to mark the beginning of The Troubles. It is called the Battle of the Bogside.
1969 – The first episode of the famous comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired on BBC.
1974 – Guildford pub bombings: bombs planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill four British soldiers and one civilian.
2000 – Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević. These demonstrations are often called the Bulldozer Revolution.
Happy birthday to:
Steve Miller, of the Steve Miller Band, is 67.
(Sir) Bob Geldof, former Boomtown Rat and Live Aid organizer, is 59.
Guy Pearce, former Neighbours actor who also starred in LA Confidential and Memento, is 43.
Kate Winslet, Oscar-winning actress for The Reader and star of Titanic, is 35.
Paris Hilton, the heiress of uselessness, is 27. That’s probably her IQ, as well…but don’t quote me.
Nicola Roberts, English singer with Girls Aloud, is 25. (She’s the ginger one on the far right.)