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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.

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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…25 September

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Good morning, good day, good evening, and welcome to Saturday’s installment of On This Day. I hope you’re well and that you enjoy your weekend. To set you off on the right path, here’s your daily trip down memory lane. Way down memory lane. So way down in fact, we’re starting with what happened on this day in…

303 – On a voyage preaching the gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona is beheaded in Amiens, France. A bit of a wasted journey if you ask me. The French are not for turning.

1066 – The Battle of Stamford Bridge marks the end of the Viking invasions of England. Chelsea FC play their home games there now. I thought John Terry looked like a Norse, all right.

1690 – Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick, the first newspaper to appear in the Americas, is published for the first and only time. No one bought obviously.

The Bill of Rights

1789 – The U.S. Congress passes twelve amendments to the United States Constitution: the Congressional Apportionment Amendment (which was never ratified), the Congressional Compensation Amendment, and the ten that are known as the Bill of Rights.

1906 – In the presence of the king and before a great crowd, Leonardo Torres Quevedo successfully demonstrates the invention of the Telekino in the port of Bilbao, guiding a boat from the shore, in what is considered the birth of the remote control.

1944 – World War II: Surviving elements of the British 1st Airborne Division withdraw from Arnhem in the Netherlands, thus ending the Battle of Arnhem and Operation Market Garden. It was A Bridge Too Far.

1983 – Maze Prison escape: 38 republican prisoners, armed with 6 handguns, hijack a prison meals lorry and smash their way out of the Maze prison. It is the largest prison escape since WWII and in British history.

1996 – The last of the Magdalene Asylums closes in Ireland; just one of the many scandals Ireland has endured under the institution of the Catholic Church.

Celebrity birthdays today include:

Mr & Mrs Zeta-Jones Douglas (Image: babble.com)

Catherine Zeta Jones and her husband, Michael Douglas, share their birthdays today. She is 41, he is 66. We wish Michael well as he recovers from throat cancer.

Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, is 59 and still strong with the Force.

Maria Doyle Kennedy, Irish singer, actress and star of The Commitments, is 46.

Hollywood actor Will Smith is 42.

On This Day…17 September

17 September 2010

With a new logo (thank you Google Images) and fresh spring in my step, it’s away I go in this on-going series of events that occurred down through the years on this day. As usual, where it is appropriate, aardvarkian comments will add to the experience.

So with that out of the way, let us press forward and begin with this day in…

1462 – The Battle of Świecino (also known as the Battle of Żarnowiec) is fought during Thirteen Years’ War. At half time – six and a half years in – they all went into their dressing rooms for a nice cup of tea.

image: legendsofamerica.com

1776 – The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain. I saw the Sean Connery movie. It was alright.

1787 – The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1920 – The National Football League is organized in Canton, Ohio, United States. Unfortunately, there’s no place for Manchester United.

1956 – Television is first broadcast in Australia. Hence, Skippy and Home and Away. (Go, Nicole!)

2001 – The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 Attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.

Birthday boys and girls today include:

Damon Hill, English race car driver and 1996 F1 world champion, is 50.

Baz Luhrmann, Australian film director of Romeo + Juliet and Australia, is 48.

Bryan Singer, American director of The Usual Suspects, X Men I & 2, is the same age as myself, 45.

The tragic Paula Yates, ex-wife of Bob Geldof and lover of INXS singer Michael Hutchence, sadly took her own life today in 2000. What a sad loss she was to her family and fans.