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On This Day…4 October

Monday, 4 October 2010

The 2010 Ryder Cup has gone into a fourth day for the first time in its 83 year history. The inclement weather (i.e. the rain came down in elephant-sized buckets) called a halt to yesterday morning’s play. The organizers have decided to play all twelve singles matches today, starting at 9am GMT. This bit of information will be important for future posts of On This Day.

You see? That’s what I call thinking forward – history is made every day.

So what did happen on this day in other years? Let’s find out and start with…

1537 – The first complete English-language Bible (the Matthew Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.

1582 – Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian Calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year is followed directly by October 15. So if your birthday fell between October 5 and 14, hard luck.

Image: hbcho.com

1830 – Creation of the state of Belgium after separation from The Netherlands. This makes Hercules Poirot and Tintin very happy indeed.

1883 – First run of the Orient Express. Getting tickets for this journey proved to be murder.

1910 – Declaration of the Portuguese Republic. King Manuel II flees to the United Kingdom…and lands a part in TV reality show, The X-Monarch Factor.

1965 – Becoming the first Pope to ever visit the United States of America and the Western hemisphere, Pope Paul VI arrives in New York.

1997 – The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million in cash which had been taken.

Birthdays today include:

For the gentlemen: the beautiful Susan Sarandon (Image: time.com)

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon is 61. (Sorry, Tim, she’s mine now!)

Alicia (Clueless) Silverstone is 31 – and the less said about Batman and Robin, the better.

Chris Lowe, one half of electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, is 52.

Janis Joplin died today in 1970. She was just 27-years-old.

On This Day…12 September

Sunday, Sunday…so good to me! It’s singalongajimbo Sunday, so pick up a song-sheet and let’s warble some tunes. If you can’t sing – like me – miming is cool.

Let’s roll back the years and find out what happened on this day, 12 September, in…

1846 – Elizabeth Barrett elopes with Robert Browning. The saucy little minx!

1857 – The SS Central America sinks about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning a total of 426 passengers and crew, including Captain William Lewis Herndon. The ship was carrying 13–15 tons of gold from the San Francisco Gold Rush.

1940 – Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France. If you look very carefully, you can see numbers behind the paint. Two is yellow!

1952 – Strange occurrences, including a monster sighting, take place in Flatwoods, West Virginia. Too much moonshine, methinks.

1959 – Premiere of Bonanza, the first regularly-scheduled TV program presented in color.

2003 – The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Seven years later, this story still hasn’t gone away

Birthday greetings make their way to:

Sue Ellen from Dallas, Linda Gray is 70.

Neil Peart from Rush. Image: http://www.rockdrummingsystems.com

Neil Peart, drummer from prog rock group Rush, is 58.

The composer Hans Zimmer is 53.

The controversial author, and former pet of Oprah Winfrey, James Frey is 41. May his candle be blown into a “million little pieces.”

Today in 1977, South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko is killed in police custody. This tragic event gave rise to one of my all-time favourite Peter Gabriel songs.