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On This Day…29 September

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Good morning and thank you for coming over to today’s On This Day. I hope your day is filled with cookies, chocolate, chips – and chocolate chip cookies. That’s all the major food groups covered.

Let’s move on directly and start with events on this day in…

61 BC – Pompey the Great celebrates his third triumph for victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars on his 45th birthday. That’s what happens when someone buys you an X-Box as a gift.

1650 – Henry Robinson opens his Office of Addresses and Encounters – the first historically documented dating service – in Threadneedle Street, London. Now that I’m newly single, maybe I’ll check it out.

Bobbys on the beat. (Image: historic-uk.com)

1717 – An earthquake strikes Antigua Guatemala, destroying much of the city’s architecture and making authorities consider moving the capital to a different city.

1829 – The Metropolitan Police of London, later also known as the Met, is founded.

1916 – John D. Rockefeller becomes the first billionaire. Buddy, can you spare a dime?

1949 – The Communist Party of China writes the Common Programme for the future People’s Republic of China.

1964 – The Argentine comic strip Mafalda is published for the first time.

Mafalda comics. (Image: andrewferguson.net)

1979 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to set foot on Irish soil with his pastoral visit to the Republic of Ireland.

2008 – Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.

Birthday wishes today go to:

We had Brigitte yesterday; today it’s the turn of Anita Ekberg, Swedish sex symbol of the Fifties, who is 79.

Jerry Lee Lewis, American rock ‘n’ roller, is 75. Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!

Silvia Berlusconi, the controversial Italian prime minister, is a Mafia-endorsed 74. (Don’t quote me!)

And finally, on a really silly level, twins Matt and Luke Goss, of Eighties pop band Bros, are 42. They were famous – for a while.

On This Day…13 September

Welcome to Monday, my good readers. Did you behave yourselves while I was away? If you did, you’re a better person than I…*wink-wink*

Congratulations go to Kim Clijsters for retaining her US Open title and to Wexford for regaining their All-Ireland Senior Camogie title, beating Galway in a thriller at Croke Park.

The weekend Bad Boys Award goes to Manchester United for conceding a 3-1 lead in the last three minutes of their game at Everton. Wankers! ManYoo are supposed to be great away from home. Just ask Wayne Rooney…

Anyway, on to the business at hand. On this day in…

1609 – Henry Hudson reached the river that would later be named after him – the Hudson River. He was a rock, that man Hudson.

1759 – Battle of the Plains of Abraham: British defeat French near Quebec City in the Seven Years’ War, known in the United States as the French and Indian War.

Sheet music for The Star-Spangled Banner (1814)

1814 – Francis Scott Key writes The Star-Spangled Banner.

1899 – Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.

1948 – Margaret Chase Smith is elected senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

1971 – People’s Republic of China, Chairman Mao Zedong’s second in command and successor Marshal Lin Biao fled the country via a plane after the failure of alleged coup against the supreme leader, the plane crashed in Mongolia, killing all aboard.

1993 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shakes hands with PLO chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

Expecting cards in the post today are:


Actress Jacqueline Bisset, 66

Michael Johnson, American athlete and winner of four Olympic gold medals, 43

Shane Warne, Australian cricket legend and spin bowler extraordinaire, 41.

Stella McCartney, daughter of Sir Paul and an acclaimed fashion designer in her own right, 39.

Luke Fitzgerald, Leinster, Ireland and Lions rugby player , 23.