Quote of the day :
When people keep telling you that you can’t do a thing, you kind of like to try it
~ Margaret Chase Smith (US senator, also born today)
Picture of the day :
Today’s photograph shows one of Andrew Gormley rusting, iron-cast statues, dressed in a bright, knitted sweater and looking out to sea in Crosby Sands, Liverpool.
Tube of the day :
As it’s his birthday today, here’s Charlie Rich singing, "’Did you happen to see the most beautiful girl in the world"
On this day…
Born today :
- Actor, Ted Raimi
- Art painter and critic, Roger Fry
(He came up with the term ‘Post-Impressionism’)
- Actress and producer, Katherine MacDonald (1920s)
- Astrologer, physician and prophet, Nostrodamus (1503)
(There is dispute whether it was today or the 21st)
- Astronomer, Tycho Brahe (1546)
- Singer and musician, Charlie Rich
- Actress, Lee Remick
- Actress, Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musicals)
- Footballer, Michael Owen
- Comedian and actress, Miranda Hart
- Biochemist, Edward Tatum
(Nobel Prize winner who, with George Beadle, helped create the field of molecular genetics)
- Author, Kelley Armstrong (‘The Women of the Otherworld’ series)
- Author, Shirley Jackson
- Singer, songwriter and guitarist, Spider Stacy (The Pogues)
- Singer, Joyce Vincent Wilson
(Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree)
- Guitarist, Frank Allen (The Searchers)
(1964 UK No.1 single ‘Needles And Pins’)
- Actress and Singer, Jane Birkin
Her 1969 with Serge Gainsbourg "Je t’aime… Moi non plus" is said to be the only French language UK chart topper).
- Japanese martial artist, Morihei Ueshiba (developed aikido)
- King, George VI (1895)
Also on this day in history
Today is officially Alabama Day in the States; commemorating the same day back in 1819 Alabama when joined the Union as the 22nd state. So, as it’s Alamaba Day, I’ve added an extra today. What else but Lynyrd Skynyrd playing "Sweet Home Alabama"
Weird weather fact: In 1924 the temperature at Helena, Montana, dropped by 79° in the space of 24 hours.
The Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon (le globe aérostatique) lifted off on its first test flight in 1782.
Whether by coincidence or conscious decision, a few hundred years later to the day, to 1903, the Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The flight last all of 3 seconds before it crashed down, making it also the day of the world’s first recorded plane crash. They tried again a few days later, managing to stay up for 12 seconds and cover 120 foot.
In 1911 Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole. It was the first recorded one at any rate, if you believe the tales of the Piri Reis map that Columbus is said to have used to sail to the Americas. The 1513 map, said to be created from earlier maps dating back to before 400 b.c., shows the antarctic’s coastline – ice free. It’s now under a mile of ice.
Surprisingly far back, I thought – 1896 saw the opening of the Glasgow Underground Railway.
In 1900 physicist Max Planck gave us quantum theory, presenting his theorem to the German Physical Society.
Jumping over to music and film, Marvin Gaye scores his first number in 1968 with "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". A few year later and 1977, John Travolta burst onto the scene with "Saturday Night Fever", which premiered in New York City.
Trending at this moment:
Not a lot, really, beyond the lunacy in North Korea. I will say this though, it’s amazing how fast the UN and superpowers can rally round to save the brutally oppressed and help them govern when oil or other increasingly rare natural resources are involved. Syria, North Korea? Well, all of a sudden it’s too risky, it’s not our fight, it’s… It is not harming the profits of the multi-nationals.
What may be a trend later tonight is something I just read on Gizmodo, that China is reported the have landed a Rover on the moon.
The other story which might have trended if it wasn’t so windy and cloudy out is the Geminid meteor shower, due tonight,