Quote of the day :
Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Picture of the day :
Just to be different, here’s on old photo of a classic motorcycle – the Royal Enfield
Youtube video of the day :
Corny as anything, but festive, so here a cracker for you: Kim Wilde And Mel Smith "Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree"
On this day…
Born today :
- King, Philip V of Spain (1683)
- Computer Scientist, Adin D. Falkoff
(Worked with Kenneth Iverson to develop APL)
- General Secretary (president), Leonid Brezhnev
- Actor, Jake Gyllenhaal
- Actress and singer, Alyssa Milano
- Actress, Kristy Swanson
- Actress, Jennifer Beals
- Actor, Robert Urich
- Actor, Sir Ralph Richardson
- Journalist and TV host, Richard Hammond
- Printer, William Bowyer (1699)
- Art collector and industrialist, Henry Frick
Also on this day in history
In 1154 Henry II (Henry Plantagenet) was crowned King of England.
At just 24 years old when he was elected, the Right Honorable William Pitt the Younger was the youngest British Prime Minister in history. He stayed in the post from 19 December 1783 to 14 March 1801.
According to the New York Times, Benjamin Franklin, writing as Richard Saunders, began publishing "Poor Richard’s Almanac." in 1732 It should be noted that Wikipedia cites the first publication date for this almanac as being on the 28th of December. It may be that the discrepancy lies in the wording. As I mentioned a few days back and as shows up today, The NY Times claims the Charles Dickens’ "Christmas Carol" was published today. Wikipedia however made a distinction. It was published on the 17th – but released on the 19th because they changed the cover twice.
Looking at a more modern almanac, the Old Farmer’s Almanac reports that in 1983, in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, it was so cold that some children froze to their playground equipment. The temperature was recorded at being -43°F or -41.5°C). It should be noted that, cold as that sounds – and is – it’s not the same over there. Besides the fact Canadians are used to cold winters, it’s a different type of cold (depending of course which province you are in). It’s not the cold that’s the problem, I find, so much as the dampness factor. You winter up in Canada and the layers keep you warm. Here in the UK, no chance, the damp sneaks through and you feel it in your bones more. The other point, which the entry I read failed to mention, is whether that -43°F was the mercury temperature, or the wind chill factor. The latter can easily be 20° or more lower than the actual air temperature.
Believe it or not but …
… Ripley’s famous franchise started this day in 1918. He produced a drawing of sports facts for the New York Globe. At first he entitled it "Champs or Chumps" then changed it to "Believe It or Not!" It was an immediate hit and took off from there. In the course of his life, for this and following his other interests, Robert Ripley visited over 200 countries collecting and, with research assistants, validating every single fact he published. Amazing, eh.
As Sir Michael Caine would say,
Not a lot of people know that.
Actually, he wouldn’t, that’s a myth, the above quote isn’t his, or even correct. He issued a statement to the contrary on iCorrect, as reported here in the Metro
Gari Kasparov becomes world chess champion this day to, in 1987
Trending at this moment:
Not a lot news of great import at present!