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On This Day…3 October

Sunday, 3 October 2010

You know, Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest; a day when we take stock of the week just done, and prepare for the week ahead.

I’m working today – so bugger that for a lark!

But before I head out to earn a crust let me regale you with historical tit-bits, starting with events on this day in…

1283 – Dafydd ap Gruffydd (try saying that with a mouthful of mothballs), prince of Gwynedd in Wales, becomes the first person executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered. See? I told you I was in a good mood today.

For the ladies: Liam Neeson as Rob Roy MacGregor

1712 – The Duke of Montrose issues a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor. Liam Neeson lookalikes hide out for the duration.

1849 – American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death. Nevermore!

1863 – The last Thursday in November is declared as Thanksgiving Day by President Abraham Lincoln, as are Thursdays, November 30, 1865 and November 29, 1866.

1951 – The “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”, one of the greatest moments in Major League Baseball history, occurs when the New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson hits a game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, to win the National League pennant after being down 14 games.

1981 – The Hunger Strike by Provisional Irish Republican Army and Irish National Liberation Army prisoners at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland ends after seven months and ten deaths.

1990 – Re-unification of Germany. The German Democratic Republic ceases to exist and its territory becomes part of the Federal Republic of Germany. East German citizens became part of the European Community, which later became the European Union. Now celebrated as German Unity Day.

1995 – O J Simpson acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. We all know what happened to O J a decade or so later.

Birthdays today include:

Another one for the ladies: birthday boy Clive Owen

Chubby Checker, American singer-songwriter, is 69.

Lindsey Buckingham, American guitarist and singer  with Fleetwood Mac, is 61.

Clive Owen, British actor, is 46.

Neve Campbell, Canadian actress and star of the Scream series of movies, is 37.

Today marks the passing of an English comic legend. Ronnie Barker, one half of The Two Ronnies, died today in 2005. This sketch is my absolute favourite. The smaller of the two is his partner in crime, Ronnie Corbett.

On This day…14 September

14 September 2010

Another Tuesday, another chance to do the Funky Chicken and get jiggy with it.

I’ll be all right once the pills kick in.

Seriously I will. Now where did those polar bears come from?

History tell us that on this day in…

1607 – Flight of the Earls from Lough Swilly, Donegal, Ireland.

1901 – President of the United States William McKinley dies after a successful assassination attempt on September 6, and is succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.

Image: amscoextra.blogspot.com

1948 – Groundbreaking for the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

1975 – The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, is canonized by Pope Paul VI.

1994 – The Major League Baseball season is canceled because of a strike.

Happy birthday to:

Give it up for Sam!

New Zealand (but Northern Ireland born) actor Sam Neill is 63.

Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia is 45.

Ashlyn Gere, American pornographic actress, is 43. (Nope, never seen her movies, either…*whistles innocently*)

Ashley Roberts, American singer with the Pussycat Dolls, dancer & actress is a foot-stomping 29.

And last, but by no means least, everyone’s favourite car-crash Amy Winehouse is 27. They said she had to go to rehab and she said no, no, no! Poor thing!

Republic of Ireland 3, Andorra 1

Image courtesy of RTE

It has been at least twenty years since I’ve been to a soccer game. I’ve attended GAA games in Croke Park, Major League Baseball in Dallas, but not a soccer game. I’ve become lazy in this world of wall-to-wall televised sports. I’ll watch anything with a ball in it, my mother says, even cricket.

I love cricket!

The Aviva Stadium at night. I took this photo.

So it was with a huge degree of excitement and optimism that the Good Lady and I got tickets to see the Republic of Ireland team take on the minnows of Andorra in the first competitive match at the new Aviva Stadium at Lansdowne Road.

And what a marvellous new stadium it is, too. Every seat is afforded a perfect view of the pitch. The open-plan roof provides cover from the elements; but the rain decided to give itself the night off – thank God.

As for the game, it was very enjoyable; fast-paced, with plenty of goal mouth action. Ireland scored three goals, courtesy of Kevins Kilbane and Doyle and skipper Robbie Keane. The downside was the Andorra goal in the dying moments of the first half. But you can’t have everything.

Ray and me.There was the added bonus of a fan photo with the legendary ex-Liverpool, Aston Villa and Republic of Ireland midfielder Ray Houghton. He put the ball in the net against England in Stuttgart in 1988 (our first ever victory over the traditional enemy) and against Italy in USA 1994. Ray happily posed for photos before heading off to his media duties.

Results on the night see Ireland top Group B with Slovakia (who beat Russia, the top seeds in the group, 1-0). Armenia and Macedonia played out a 2-2 draw. Already I’m looking forward to our next home game, against the Russians on 8 October.

On This Day…26 August

It’s nearly the weekend again, people. I hope you’re all geared up for it. I’ll be bringing my umbrella…and nothing else. So what happened on this day in history. Let me tell you that in…

1858 – First news dispatch by telegraph. It read: “Don’t forget milk. Oh and cookies. Cookies would be nice.”

1883 – The eruption of Krakatoa begins its final, paroxysmal, stage. Movie producers forget their west from their east.

It's actually WEST of Java

1939 – The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, in Brooklyn, New York. Who won, does anybody know? I have a bet going on.

1978 – Papal conclave, 1978 (August): Pope John Paul I is elected to the Papacy. He doesn’t last too long, though; 33 days, in fact. His death became a conspiracy theorist’s dream.

Born on this day were:

Chris Pine, the new Captain James T. Kirk, is 40. Beware of Klingons, Chris.

He shares his birthday and age with Home Alone star, Macaulay Culkin.

However, on this day in 1980, the world lost a legend: the cartoonist Tex Avery.  Take it away, Tex.