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On This Day…24 September

Friday, 24 September 2010

And so we arrive at another Friday. A day which can only mean one thing for your friendly neighbourhood aardvark: DATE NIGHT!!

So while I’m busy getting myself scrubbed up for a night out with Her Ladyship, I’ll leave you with titbits and morsels from bygone times. Starting with events on this day in…

1180 – Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration dies. The Byzantine Empire slips into terminal decline. Poor things!

1645 – Battle of Rowton Heath, Parliamentarian victory over a Royalist army commanded in person by King Charles. It’s good when a king makes a personal appearance. Could’ve got him killed, though.

1789 – The United States Congress passed a Judiciary Act that provided an attorney general and The Supreme Court.

Devil's Tower National Monument, Wyoming. (Image: destination360.com)

1869 – “Black Friday”: Gold prices plummet after Ulysses S. Grant orders the Treasury to sell large quantities of gold after Jay Gould and James Fisk plot to control the market. So, no Goldfinger, then.

1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation’s first National Monument.

1950 – Forest fires black out the sun over portions of Canada and New England. A Blue moon (in the astronomical sense) is seen as far away as Europe.

1990 – Periodic Great White Spot observed on Saturn. NASA sends up a ship filled with Clearasil.

Trump Tower, Chicago. (Image: news.medill.northwestern.edu)

1979 – Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service, which features the first public electronic mail service.

2008 – The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is topped off at 1,389 feet (423 m), at the time becoming the world’s highest residence above ground-level.

Celebrating birthdays today are:

Hercules actor and all-round nice guy, Kevin Sorbo is 52.

John Logan, American screenwriter and Oscar-winner for Gladiator, is 49.

Nia Vardalos, the Canadian actress and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, is 48.

Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), American children’s writer (b. 1904) and creator of The Cat in the Hat died on this day in 1991. I never “got” him myself, but I know he has legions of fans. This is for you.

On This day…14 September

14 September 2010

Another Tuesday, another chance to do the Funky Chicken and get jiggy with it.

I’ll be all right once the pills kick in.

Seriously I will. Now where did those polar bears come from?

History tell us that on this day in…

1607 – Flight of the Earls from Lough Swilly, Donegal, Ireland.

1901 – President of the United States William McKinley dies after a successful assassination attempt on September 6, and is succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.

Image: amscoextra.blogspot.com

1948 – Groundbreaking for the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

1975 – The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, is canonized by Pope Paul VI.

1994 – The Major League Baseball season is canceled because of a strike.

Happy birthday to:

Give it up for Sam!

New Zealand (but Northern Ireland born) actor Sam Neill is 63.

Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia is 45.

Ashlyn Gere, American pornographic actress, is 43. (Nope, never seen her movies, either…*whistles innocently*)

Ashley Roberts, American singer with the Pussycat Dolls, dancer & actress is a foot-stomping 29.

And last, but by no means least, everyone’s favourite car-crash Amy Winehouse is 27. They said she had to go to rehab and she said no, no, no! Poor thing!