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On This Day…28 September

Tuesday, 27 September 2010

Welcome to today’s installment of On This Day, your daily trawl down memory lane. Some of us will not remember a lot of what happened in years gone by. Some of us will hardly remember what happened yesterday. They have pills for that, you know. Take two and call me in the morning – if you remember.

Where shall we start? Oh yes – how about on this day in…

351 – Battle of Mursa Major: the Roman Emperor Constantius II defeats the usurper Magnentius. Didn’t Sir Ian McKellen play him in the X-Men movies?

1066 – William the Conqueror invades England: the Norman Conquest begins. Good for William; bad for Norman.

1322 – Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor defeats Frederick I of Austria in the Battle of Mühldorf. Bloody hell – those Romans keep themselves busy, what with all this usurping, bribing and what-not.

1787 – The newly completed United States Constitution is voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the state legislatures for approval.

1791 – France becomes the first European country to emancipate its Jewish population.

Image: nationmaster.com

1844 – Oscar I of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden. He stopped being a grouch.

1867 – The United States takes control of Midway Island.

1928 – The U.K. Parliament passes the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis. Duuuuuuude!!

1961 – A military coup in Damascus effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.

1971 – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 banning the medicinal use of cannabis. Duuuuuuuuude!!

1975 – The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people are taken hostage, takes place in London. I thought they were “pasta” all that.

2008 – SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.

Happy birthday to:

Brigitte Bardot, French sex symbol of the Sixties, is 76.

Birthday girl Hilary Duff (Image: reviews.in.88db.com)

Ben E. King, American r&b singer, is 72.

Helen Shapiro, English singer, is 64.

Jim Diamond, formerly with the band PHD and singer of I Should Have Known Better, is 57.

Janeane Garofalo, American actress and comedian (and a personal favourite of mine) is 46. Hey, Janeane, you and I should hook up sometime, you know. Call me…please.

Hilary Duff, American actress and singer, is 23. Too young for me, unfortunately.

On this day in 2003, the world of film lost a controversial figure in the shape of Elia Kazan. His testimony as a “friendly witness” before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952, which cost him the respect of many liberal friends and colleagues. He was a three-time Oscar-winner.

On This Day…4 September

I hope today, Saturday 4 September 2010, finds you fit and well. And I hope the tax-man finds you not at all.

In this continuing series of On This Day, I scour through the archives (okay, the interwebs) for succulent morsels which hopefully will help you to settle into your day.

So with that out of the way, on this day in…

1781 – Los Angeles, California, is founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola) by 44 Spanish settlers. This was such a mouthful, they shortened it to L.A.

Image courtesy of the National Library of Australia

1884 – The United Kingdom ends its policy of penal transportation to New South Wales in Australia. A customer of mine was asked once if he had a criminal record on applying for a holiday visa to Australia. His answer to that was he didn’t think it was a necessity anymore.

1948 – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates for health reasons. Poor thing!

Image: joshreads.com

1950 – First appearance of the “Beetle Bailey” comic strip.

1998 – Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University. Nice work if you can get it.

Happy birthday to:

Damon Wayans, American actor and comedian, 50 today.

Lance Klusener, South African cricketer, 39.

And Beyoncé Knowles, American singer and actress, is a very bootalicious 29.

On This Day…24 August

It’s only four days to the weekend. The countdown begins now. I bet you can hardly wait.

Anyway, today is 24 August 2010. Throughout history, on this day in…

1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed. Booklovers the world over contemplated the mystery that is the semi-colon; see, I used it there. I’m clever, aren’t I?

1682 – William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania. 400 years later, his descendant Sean wins an Oscar. (I made that bit up.)

Sean takes after him

1831 – Charles Darwin is asked to travel on HMS Beagle. His request to change the name to HMS Snoopy is denied.

1892 – Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, one of the world’s first purpose-built football grounds, opens. It is still the home ground of Everton FC today

1932 – Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey). Whatever happened to Amelia remains a mystery to this day.

1968 – France explodes its first hydrogen bomb, thus becoming the world’s fifth nuclear power. (Bloody cheese-eating, surrender-monkeys!)

Who are you calling a Dwarf?

2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term “planet” such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet. Mickey and Minnie are inconsolable.

Birthday wishes are sent to:

Orson Scott Card, 59 today.

Stephen Fry, the celebrated actor, comedian,  writer and manic depressive, is 53.

And Ron Weasley. aka Rupert Grint, is all of 22-years-old today. Rupert, my friend, I hope you have a successful career, once the Harry Potter movies have finished.

A personal favourite of mine of mine when I was growing up was the actress Yootha Joyce. She was Mildred to Brian Murphy’s George in the classic English sit-com, George & Mildred. Yootha died on this day in 1980. She was 63.