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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…6 September

Another Monday signals another week. It is my hope that this week brings all that it should; including the winning lottery numbers.

You know where I live!

Before I head into today’s On This Day. let me first offer my congratulations to the Tipperary hurlers – they are the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions for 2010. Up Tipp!!

On this day in…

1492 – Christopher Columbus sails from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic for the first time. Perhaps he was stocking up on duty-free cigarettes and alcohol.

Henry David Thoreau, Emerson's roomie

1847 – Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family in Concord, Massachusetts. The jury is out as to whether Ralphie charged him rent.

1901 – Anarchist Leon Czolgosz shoots and fatally wounds US President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

1944 – World War II: The city of Ypres, Belgium is liberated by allied forces.

1972 – Munich Massacre: 9 Israel athletes taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games by the Palestinian “Black September” terrorist group died (as did a German policeman) at the hands of the kidnappers during a failed rescue attempt. 2 other Israeli athletes are slain in the initial attack the previous day.

Birthdays today include:

Roger Waters

Ex-Pink Floyd frontman, Roger Waters, is 67

Rosie Perez is 46.

The Wire and Luther star, Idris Elba, is 38.

British tennis players Tim Henman and Greg Rusesdski are 37 and 36 respectively.

On this day in 2007, the world of music lost perhaps its most famous operatic star. Luciano Pavarotti, R.I.P.