Happy Monday, friends, readers and fellow bloggers. Before I head into matters in hand, I wish to congratulate the Dublin Ladies GAA Football team in winning the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship. The Jackies gave Tyrone a right trouncing in Croke Park. Well done, girls.
So, this week we begin with events on this day in…
1540 – The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) receives its charter from Pope Paul III.
1590 – Keeping with things papal, Pope Urban VII dies 13 days after being chosen as the Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history. He plainly didn’t fancy the job.
1777 – Lancaster, Pennsylvania is the capital of the United States, for one day. It plainly didn’t fancy the job, either.
1821 – Mexico gains its independence from Spain.
1854 – The steamship SS Arctic sinks with 300 people on board. This marks the first great disaster in the Atlantic Ocean.
1905 – The physics journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein’s paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”, introducing the equation E=mc². Decades later, the rock group Big Audio Dynamite attempted to explain it by song. The tune was good; the explanation rubbish. (It’s actually a homage to the films of director Nicolas Roeg.)
1928 – The Republic of China is recognised by the United States.
1964 – The Warren Commission releases its report, concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, assassinated President John F. Kennedy. Oliver Stone begs to differ.
1998 – Google is founded. YAHOO!!
Birthdays today include:
Bill O’Herlihy, RTE sports presenter, is 72. The boys of Apres Match do a great impression of him.
Meat Loaf is an edible 63.
Brian Mullins, for Dublin GAA football star is 56.
Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting, is 52.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscar-winning (WTF?) actress, is 38.
Pint-sized rock-chick, Avril Lavigne, is 26.