Sep 25, 2016

September 25 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1683 - Jean Philippe Rameau, Composer and Organist
1906 - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer and Pianist
1929 - Ronnie Barker, Comedian and Actor
1931 - Barbara Walters, Journalist
1944 - Michael Douglas, Actor
1951 - Mark Hamill, Actor
1952 - Christopher Reeve, Actor
1961 - Heather Locklear, Actress
1969 - Catherine Zeta-Jones, Actress

Leftie:

Actor Mark Hamill


Historical Events


1066 - The Battle of Stamford Bridge in York marks the end of the Viking era when  the Saxons, fighting under English King Harold, win a decisive victory over the invading Norwegians, under King Harald Hardraka of Norway.      

1857 - The relief of the first Siege of Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny by Sir Henry Havelock takes place. Havelock and his men also relieved the more famous siege of Cawnpore. His statue stands at the southeast corner of Trafalgar Square, London, one of the surrounding Nelson's Column. 

Sep 24, 2016

September 24 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1717 - Horace Walpole, Novelist
1724 - Sir Arthur Guinness, Brewer
1899 - Sir William Dobell, Artist
1949 - Pedro Almodovar, Movie Director
1966 - Michael J. Varhola, Author

Historical Events


1948 - The Honda Motor Company is founded in Tokyo, Japan.

1975 - Dougal Haston and Doug Scott climb to the top of Mt. Everest, the first Britons to do so.

Sep 23, 2016

September 23 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


63 B.C.E. - Augustus Caesar, Roman Emperor
1920 - Mickey Rooney, Actor
1930 - Ray Charles, Singer
1943 - Julio Iglesias, Singer
1949 - Bruce Springsteen, Singer and Songwriter
1959 - Jason Alexander, Actor
1961 - Willie McCool, Astronaut

Leftie:

Actor Jason Alexander


Historical Events


1846 - Neptune, thee 8th planet from the sun, is discovered by Urbain Le Verrier, a French astronomer, and John Couch Adams, a British astronomer. It is named after the Roman god of the sea because of its blue methane clouds.         

1848 - John Curtis in Maine, U.S., invents the chewing gum. In his home, he boils the resin obtained from spruce trees on a stove, then pours it in a tub of ice water and strains it. He sells it as sticks wrapped in tissue paper.   

Sep 22, 2016

September 22 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1694 - Lord Chesterfield (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield), English statesman and man of letters, mainly remembered for his letters to his natural son Philip.
1791 - Michael Faraday, Scientist, known as the "Father of Electricity"
1880 - Dame Christabel Pankhurst, Suffragist
1931 - Fay Weldon, Author
1958 - Andrea Bocelli, Tenor

Lefties:
None known 

Historical Events


1980 - Iraq invades Iran, bombing several air and military supply bases, and war breaks out between the neighbouring countries. The fighting ends only when the UN organizes a ceasefire in august 1988.

1981 - President Francois Mitterand launches one of the world's fastest trains in Paris. The "high-speed train" is a passenger train that can travel at up to 200 miles per hour (320 km/h).    

Sep 21, 2016

September 21 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1866 - H.G. Wells, Writer, famous for producing classics of science fiction, with extraordinary insights into the future. His famous works include The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, War of the Worlds, The Shape of Things to Come and The Island of Dr Moreau.
1874 - Gustav Holst, English composer, whose biographer is her daughter, Imogen Holst, also a composer. 
1931 - Larry Hagman, Actor
1934 - Leonard Cohen, Singer and Songwriter
1947 - Stephen King, Author
1950 - Bill Murray, Actor
1968 - Ricki Lake, Actress and Talkshow Hostess

Lefties:

None known


Historical Events


1937 - J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit is published. Its first print run is a 1,500 copies, but this acclaimed fantasy novel has now been published in more than 38 languages and sold more than 50 million copies.

1996 - John F. Kennedy Jr., magazine publisher, lawyer, and son of the late U.S. president J.F. Kennedy marries Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on a remote island of Cumberland off the coast of Georgia.