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On This Day…28 September

Tuesday, 27 September 2010

Welcome to today’s installment of On This Day, your daily trawl down memory lane. Some of us will not remember a lot of what happened in years gone by. Some of us will hardly remember what happened yesterday. They have pills for that, you know. Take two and call me in the morning – if you remember.

Where shall we start? Oh yes – how about on this day in…

351 – Battle of Mursa Major: the Roman Emperor Constantius II defeats the usurper Magnentius. Didn’t Sir Ian McKellen play him in the X-Men movies?

1066 – William the Conqueror invades England: the Norman Conquest begins. Good for William; bad for Norman.

1322 – Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor defeats Frederick I of Austria in the Battle of Mühldorf. Bloody hell – those Romans keep themselves busy, what with all this usurping, bribing and what-not.

1787 – The newly completed United States Constitution is voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the state legislatures for approval.

1791 – France becomes the first European country to emancipate its Jewish population.

Image: nationmaster.com

1844 – Oscar I of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden. He stopped being a grouch.

1867 – The United States takes control of Midway Island.

1928 – The U.K. Parliament passes the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis. Duuuuuuude!!

1961 – A military coup in Damascus effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.

1971 – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 banning the medicinal use of cannabis. Duuuuuuuuude!!

1975 – The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people are taken hostage, takes place in London. I thought they were “pasta” all that.

2008 – SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.

Happy birthday to:

Brigitte Bardot, French sex symbol of the Sixties, is 76.

Birthday girl Hilary Duff (Image: reviews.in.88db.com)

Ben E. King, American r&b singer, is 72.

Helen Shapiro, English singer, is 64.

Jim Diamond, formerly with the band PHD and singer of I Should Have Known Better, is 57.

Janeane Garofalo, American actress and comedian (and a personal favourite of mine) is 46. Hey, Janeane, you and I should hook up sometime, you know. Call me…please.

Hilary Duff, American actress and singer, is 23. Too young for me, unfortunately.

On this day in 2003, the world of film lost a controversial figure in the shape of Elia Kazan. His testimony as a “friendly witness” before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952, which cost him the respect of many liberal friends and colleagues. He was a three-time Oscar-winner.

On This Day…23 September

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Welcome to another action-packed, thrill-a-minute piece of history trivia. I hope you get as much fun out of reading these as I do putting them together. They take time, but it’s time well spent.

Today we start with…

1122 – Concordat of Worms: an agreement between Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V near the city of Worms. It brought to an end the first phase of the power struggle between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Emperors. And you thought it was all about gathering live bait for fishing…

1779 – American Revolution: a squadron commanded by John Paul Jones on board the USS Bonhomme Richard wins the Battle of Flamborough Head, off the coast of England, against two British warships. 1-0 to the US.

A photogenic bunch, don't you think? (Image: 19cbaseball.com)

1845 – The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, is founded in New York.

1889 – Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda.

1909 – The Phantom of the Opera (original title: Le Fantôme de l’Opéra), a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, was first published as a serialization in Le Gaulois. So now we know who to blame for the musical.

1952 – Richard Nixon makes his “Checkers speech”.

1999 – NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter.

2002 – The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (“Phoenix 0.1”) is released.

Happy birthday to:

Mickey Rooney is a venerable 90 today.

Jason Alexander as George (Image: seinfeldscripts.com)

The Spanish singing superstar Julio Iglesias is 67.

Paolo Rossi, the Italian footballer who won the World Cup Golden Boot in 1982, is 54.

Jason Alexander, who plays George from the hit series Seinfeld, is 51.

Eric Miller, Irish rugby player, is 35.

But the birthday I really want to celebrate today is the Boss, Bruce Springsteen. He turns 61 and shows no sign of ever slowing down.

Go on ya good thing!