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On This Day…17 September

17 September 2010

With a new logo (thank you Google Images) and fresh spring in my step, it’s away I go in this on-going series of events that occurred down through the years on this day. As usual, where it is appropriate, aardvarkian comments will add to the experience.

So with that out of the way, let us press forward and begin with this day in…

1462 – The Battle of Świecino (also known as the Battle of Żarnowiec) is fought during Thirteen Years’ War. At half time – six and a half years in – they all went into their dressing rooms for a nice cup of tea.

image: legendsofamerica.com

1776 – The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain. I saw the Sean Connery movie. It was alright.

1787 – The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1920 – The National Football League is organized in Canton, Ohio, United States. Unfortunately, there’s no place for Manchester United.

1956 – Television is first broadcast in Australia. Hence, Skippy and Home and Away. (Go, Nicole!)

2001 – The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 Attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.

Birthday boys and girls today include:

Damon Hill, English race car driver and 1996 F1 world champion, is 50.

Baz Luhrmann, Australian film director of Romeo + Juliet and Australia, is 48.

Bryan Singer, American director of The Usual Suspects, X Men I & 2, is the same age as myself, 45.

The tragic Paula Yates, ex-wife of Bob Geldof and lover of INXS singer Michael Hutchence, sadly took her own life today in 2000. What a sad loss she was to her family and fans.

On This Day…20 August

Thank God it’s Friday. I wish you and yours the very best today, 20 August 2010.

So many eventful …um…events occurred on this day. Events like

1804 – Lewis and Clark Expedition: the “Corps of Discovery”, exploring the Louisiana Purchase, suffers its only death when sergeant Charles Floyd dies, apparently from acute appendicitis. I wonder if poor Charles had insurance. Remember, it’s LEWIS and CLARK, not LOIS and CLARK.


1858 – Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace’s same theory. Creationists everywhere have a hissy fit.

1920 – The National Football League, (NFL), is founded in the United States. The rest of the world wonders spends the next decade working out the rules. (See also cricket).

1991 – Collapse of the Soviet Union, August Coup: more than 100,000 people rally outside the Soviet Union’s parliament building protesting the coup aiming to depose President Mikhail Gorbachev. The rest of the world rejoices…except for thriller writers.

1998 – U.S. embassy bombings: the United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Born on this day:

Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin singer, is 62.

Limp Bizkit frontman, Fred Durst is 40.

James Marsters, “Spike” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is an eternally young 48.

James Marsters as Spike

Enjoy what is definitely my favourite Zeppelin song, “Stairway to Heaven.”