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On This Day…15 September

15 September 2010

Whatever Wednesday brings you, may it be filled with blessings, love and buckets-load of hard cash.

Cash is king in my book.

So what happened on this day down through the years? Lots, let me tell you, lots. Let’s start with…

1776 – American Revolutionary War: British forces land at Kip’s Bay during the New York Campaign.

1830 – The Liverpool to Manchester railway line opens.

1831 – The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.

1940 – World War II: The climax of the Battle of Britain, when the Royal Air Force shoots down large numbers of Luftwaffe aircraft.

1959 – Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.

1981 – The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C, 150 years after it’s initial run.

Image: haildubyus.com

2008 – Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

Birthdays today include:

American actor Tommy Lee Jones, 64.

The same age as ex-controversial film director, Oliver Stone. I wonder what Wall Street II will be like.

The English comedian Jimmy Carr is 38.

Roald Dahl’s granddaughter Sophie, model and author, is 33.

Two years ago today, Richard Wright, founding member of Pink Floyd lost his battle with cancer. Today’s On This Day is dedicated to him. Rest in peace, Richard.

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.