Saturday, 18 September 2010
Howdy, people. Professor Jimbo here, ready to profess his profession and confess to a procession recession and concession.
Nope, don’t look at me. I haven’t a clue, either. Maybe I drink too much coffee, who knows.
Are you ready for a ride through history? Pay your fare, get on board, and let’s start with…
324 – Constantine the Great decisively defeats Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis, establishing Constantine’s sole control over the Roman Empire. I wonder if he offered timeshare…
1502 – Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his fourth, and final, voyage. There he spotted Steven Spielberg, prepping for Jurassic Park.
1802 – The Royal Opera House opens in London. Tickets cost a “tenor”.
The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. Website: arthurlloyd.co.uk
1837 – Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City. The store is called a “stationery and fancy goods emporium”. A great place for breakfast, so I hear.
1872 – King Oscar II accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway. What – one country wasn’t enough, Oscar?
1914 – The Irish Home Rule Act becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I…or until after the pubs shut – whichever came first.
1939 – William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw) makes his first Nazi propaganda broadcast.
1960 – Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations.
1988 – End of pro-democracy uprisings in Myanmar after a bloody military coup by the State Law and Order Restoration Council. Thousands, mostly monks and civilians (primarily students) are killed by the Tatmadaw.
2009 – The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast.
Born on this day were:
1936 – Big Tom, Irish country singer, 74.
He's a nice guy, really.
1949 – Peter Shilton, English record-holding goalkeeper. Known to his friends as “Safe Hands”, he is 61 today.
1961 – James Gandolfini, American actor and star of The Sopranos, 49.
1971 – Lance Armstrong, American cyclist and six time Tour de France winner, 39.
1983 – Kevin Doyle, Republic of Ireland and Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder, 27. Go, Doyler!! Great goal against Andorra!
Jimi Hendrix died today in 1970. Let’s head off into our day with a bit of Purple Haze…