Quote of the day :
The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.
~ E. L. Doctorow (born today).
Picture of the day :
Lion-tailed Macaque, taken at Chester Zoo
Youtube video of the day :
I must be getting old, I was going to find a good clip of Rowan Atkinson, but I just don’t find him funny any more! Instead I’ve chosen something different but still great, depending on your taste, the complete original soundtrack (by Yann Tiersen) to the French film, Amélie
Born on this day…
Born today :
- Actor and comedian, Rowan Atkinson
- Actor and comedian, Angus Deayton
- Actor, Aron Eisenberg (Star Trek’s Nog)
- Actress, Sylvia Syms
- TV chef, Nigella Lawson
- Author, E.L. Doctorow
- Poet and author, Khalil Gibran
- Singer, songwriter and guitarist, Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd)
- Rock Musician, Malcolm Young (AC-DC)
- Director, John Singleton
- TV and theatre psychic, Doris Stokes
Disputed and controversial during her lifetime, investigations published after her death demonstrated that she routinely planted unwitting participants in her audience and her powers had more to do with fishing for information in advance than any sixth sense
- French chemist, Anselme Payen (b.1795)
Discovering the first enzyme diastase, and cellulose. He also developed a process to industrially synthesise borax from boric acid, breaking the Dutch monopoly on mined borax.
- Immunologist, Rolf M. Zinkernagel
Award the Nobel Prize in Physiology / Medicine 1996 for discoveries relating to specificity of the cell mediated immune defence
- King, Richard II of England (b.1367)
- French heroine, Joan of Arc (Jeanne D’Arc) (b.1412)
Also on this day in history
1066 The coronation of Harold II, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England
1540 : King Henry VIII of England married Anne of Cleves – his 4th wife.
1759 : George Washington married Martha Custis.
1838 : Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey.
1839 : The most damaging storm in 300 years sweeps across Ireland, damaging or destroying more than 20% of the houses in Dublin. The night of the big wind.
1898 : The first telephone message from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake
1912 : Geophysicist and meteorologist Albert Wegener presented his theory on Continental Drift to the German Geological Society.
1912 : New Mexico became the 47th state.
1939 : Daily newspaper comic strip ‘Superman’ debuted
1947 : Pan American Airlines became the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world.
1970 : Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young made their UK live debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
1984 : Hitachi announces it has developed the first memory chip capable of holding 1 MB of data (dram).
1987 : The first episode of Inspector Morse was broadcast on TV.
1987 : Astronomers report discovering a new galaxy 12 billion light years away.
2000 : Steve Jobs unveiled Mac OS X for the first time. As well as being the operating system the Mac computer, it is the basis for the iOS that runs the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
Trending at this moment:
6th January, 2014 :
Debt advice is trending on Yahoo – perhaps because a lot of people are about to get a wake up to reality call in the form of their next bank statement, credit card statement and/or payday loan repayment… Easier said than done and I know as I’ve been in debt a few times and bankrupt once, but really, if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. Christmas is one single day and ruining the rest of your year, possibly the rest of your life for such a trivial thing is madness. Worse, it’s madness lovingly encouraged by the ones with the most to gain and that are the least to care – the banks and lenders, stores and manufacturers.
How to write CV’s are also popular at the moment. Be interesting to know who’s doing the most searching, those without a job – or those returning to work after a fortnight and realising just how much they hate their job. I read elsewhere that today is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, probably for that reason.
Also trending on Yahoo is the new black cab taxi that Nissan have announced to compete with the existing Mercedes and traditional Hackney cabs.
Meanwhile Twitter folk in the UK are raging about #benefitstreet. I’ve written a post about it separately – Benefit Street, which side of the fence are you on?