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100 Words, 100 Days: Day 54. On 9/11.

Ten years ago my brother and I were on holiday in Tenerife. We were having lunch in a cafe when I got a text from a friend back home.

Have you seen the news, kid? the text said.

No, I responded, who died now? 

Check the news, the next message said.

As it turned out, tragically, thousands of people died that day. The Towers fell, the Pentagon was attacked, United 93 crashed when decent people became heroes and sacrificed their lives so no one else would die.

The world changed there and then, and nothing has been the same since.

Remember, remember, 11 September.

On This Day…18 September

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…

On This Day…16 September

16 September 2010

Good morning, good evening, or good night (depending on what time of the day you’re reading this). How goes it with you? All well? Great! I’m fine, too, thanks for asking.

Enough with the pleasantries, Jimbo, get on with the job at hand.

Okay, I will. Here we go! On this day in…

1701 – James Francis Edward Stuart, sometimes called the “Old Pretender”, becomes the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland. Nice one, Jimbo!

1812 – Russians set fire to Moscow shortly after midnight – the city burns down completely days later. Someone forgot to turn off the gas, methinks.


1908 – General Motors is founded.

1920 – The Wall Street bombing: a bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City – 38 are killed and 400 injured.

1955 – Juan Perón is deposed in Argentina. Eva went on to make a name for herself on stage and screen. Argentina never cried for her, though.

image c/o conservativehome.blog.com

1992 – Black Wednesday: the Pound Sterling is forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism by currency speculators and is forced to devalue against the Deutschmark. The Euro-Sceptics were right, after all.

2007 – One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.

Happy candle-blowing day to:

Lauren Bacall, American actress, 86 today. You know how to whistle, don’t you?

Peter Falk, American actor and known to millions as Lt. Columbo is 83.

"Just one more question..."

Mickey Rourke, American actor and the owner of the most beat-up face in Hollywood is 58.

Jennifer Tilly, American actress and star of one of the “hottest” movies I’ve ever seen, Bound, is a tasty 52. (WHAT?)

And in my attempt in keeping things Irish when I can, former World Snooker Champion Ken Doherty is 41 today.

Here’s a clip of the Darling of Dublin winning that championship in 1997.

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!

On This Day…11 September

We remember…

2001 – The September 11 attacks take place in the United States. Airplane hijackings result in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, destruction of the western portion of The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a passenger airliner crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

My brother and I were holidaying in the Canary Island of Tenerife when the attacks happened. I received a text message from a work colleague to head to the nearest cafe and check out the news.

We stayed for the rest of the day, watching the screen as the tragedy unfolded. It wasn’t until we got back home to Ireland that the full extent of the terrorist attack became known to us. We knew there and then that the world had changed and that nothing would ever be the same again.

My thoughts are with my American friends on this day. Some of you may have lost someone that day. May you and the world know peace one day.

On This Day…7 September

The weather has taken a turn for the worst. Yesterday it rained twice. First for eight hours, then again for the remaining sixteen. I have Noah on speed-dial. He’s gathering the animals, I’m collecting welfare payments. See you in Waterworld, people.

On this day in…

1191 – Third Crusade: Battle of Arsuf – Richard I of England defeats Saladin at Arsuf.

SS Lusitania

1907 – Cunard Line’s RMS Lusitania sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.

1953 – Nikita Khrushchev is elected first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Does this mean he took minutes?

It was the brolly that killed poor Georgi 😦

1978 – While walking across Waterloo Bridge in London, Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov is assassinated by Bulgarian secret police agent Francesco Giullino by means of a ricin pellet fired from in a specially-designed umbrella.

2008 – The US Government takes control of the two largest mortgage financing companies in the US, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Happy birthday to:

Michael Emerson, Lost‘s Ben Linus, who is 56 today.

Marge and Julie

Chrissie Hynde, singer with The Pretenders and ex-wife of Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr, is 59.

Julie Kavner, the voice of Marge Simpson, is 60.

And the singer of the song that terrifies married men everywhere, Gloria Gaynor, is 61.

I don’t know about you, but I “will survive” if I never hear this song again.