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On This Day…26 September

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Hello, my friends. Once again, I thank you for your support and apparent enjoyment of these little snippets of history.

May your Sunday be blessed with riches beyond your dreams.

Today I start with events on this day in…

1580 – Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth. This man had a lot of free time on his hands.

1789 – Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first United States Secretary of State, John Jay is appointed the first Chief Justice of the United States, Samuel Osgood is appointed the first United States Postmaster General, and Edmund Randolph is appointed the first United States Attorney General.

1820 – Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson proved tomatoes weren’t poisonous by eating several on the steps of the courthouse in Salem, New Jersey. I bet his digestive system loved him for this.

Supersonic!

1908 – Ed Reulbach becomes the first and only pitcher to throw two shutouts in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1960 – In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. “Tricky Dicky” didn’t look comfortable at all.

1973 – Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time.

2009 – Typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.

The beautiful ONJ

Birthdays today:

Olivia Newton-John, English-born Australian singer and actress, is 62.

Linda Hamilton, American actress and star of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, is 54.

Mark Haddon, author of the 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, is 48.

Keisha Buchanan, English singer with the girl-band Sugababes, is 26.

Gone from us on this day are:

Robert Palmer, singer/songwriter and famous for the song Addicted to Love, died on this day in 2003.

Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman sadly left this world to go to a better stage in 2008. RIP, Paul.

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On This Day…22 September

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Hello and a warm welcome to Wednesday, the day that’s neither here nor there. The mid-point between weekends. Keep your head down and your nose clean, for Friday is only two days away.

Quite a bit happened on this day in history, so without messing around let’s get started with…

1499 – Treaty of Basel: Switzerland becomes an independent state. Cuckoo clock makers everywhere finally have a base for their operations.

1789 – The office of United States Postmaster General is established.

1869 – Richard Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold premieres in Munich.

1885 – Lord Randolph Churchill makes a speech in Ulster in opposition to Home Rule e.g. “Ulster will fight and Ulster will be right”.

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1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published.

1896 – Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history.

1927 – Jack Dempsey loses the “Long Count” boxing match to Gene Tunney.

1955 – In the United Kingdom, the television channel ITV goes live for the first time.

1980 – Iraq invades Iran.

2003 – David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon.

Birthdays today include:

Novelist Fay Weldon (telegraph.co.uk)

British feminist and author Fay Weldon is 79.

Joan Jett, she of the Blackhearts, is a rocking 52.

Billie Piper, Rose Tyler from Doctor Who, is 28.

For classical music lovers, the brilliant Andrea Bocelli is 52.

Time to say goodbye, Andrea.

I couldn’t let this day pass without paying tribute to one of my favourite actors, the great George C. Scott, who passed away on this day in 1999. Here is his iconic and Oscar-winning performance as Patton.