Daily Post : On this day 10th February

A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.
~ Actor Robert Wagner, born today.

Related to this and equally true, I feel, he also said,
Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans.

Picture of the day :

As the wind and rain continues to batter and flood the UK I thought I’d remind you there’s some that take happily to the water, though this was taken on a hot summer’s day rather than the near freezing weather we have here at the moment.

californian sealion at Chester Zoo

Quote of the day :

Youtube video of the day :

Apt choice as this was uploaded on February 11th (2011), the day after his birthday, but I found this decent music sample compilation to show off the talents of Jerry Goldsmith.


Born on this day…

Born today :

  • Author and poet, Charles Lamb (b.1775)
  • Author, Boris Pasternak
    Famous for his novel ‘Doctor Zhivago’
  • Children’s author, E. L. Konigsburg
  • Author, doctor, professor… Alex Comfort
    Clever bloke. As well as a certain best selling book, he is a qualified doctor and psychiatrist for at least six degrees and doctorates to his name, including a Ph.D and a D.Sc.
  • Actor, Robert Wagner
  • Actor, Lon Chaney, Jr.
  • Actor, comedian and vaudeville star, Jimmy Durante
  • Actor and tv presenter, Peter Purves
  • Actress and comedienne, Joyce Grenfell
  • Film score composer, Jerry Goldsmith
    Far too many to list, but his works include music to ‘The Omen’, ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’, ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘Alien’
  • Cinematographer, Douglas Slocombe
  • Swimmer, Mark Spitz
    After winning seven gold in the 1972 Munich Olympics and having set 35 Olympic records and 23 world records by the time he was 22-years-old, he retired to become a dentist.
  • Golfer, Greg Norman
  • Chemist, Per Teodor Cleve (b.1840)
    Discovered the elements holmium (Ho) and thulium (Tm) in 1879. He also discovered didymium was actually neodymium (Nd) and praseodymium (Pr).

Also on this day in history

1763 : The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending seven years of war going on around the world.

1840 : Queen Victoria married Prince Albert Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in the Chapel Royal, St James Palace, London.

1933: The New York City-based Postal Telegraph Company introduced the first singing telegram.

1942 : Glen Miller was presented with a solid gold pressing of his hit record ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ after officially selling a million copies. It was the first song to do so.

1996 : IBM’s Deep Blue computer beat world grandmaster Garry Kasparov at chess. Kasparov eventually win the series 4-2, but lost to Deep Blue in a re-match a year later. (If I recall they updated Deep Blue before the re-match).

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