On This Day Sunday, July 1

Posted on 1st Jul 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Hey, hey, it’s Canada Day! G’day from Down Under, Canucks!!

 Face Painted Child for Canada Day

Black & White TelevisionAnd on this day in Canada in 1966 the first TV colour transmission happened.

Hands up who remembers black and white television? Anyone remember when radio was the only electronic household entertainment? Anyone remember when the family would gather around the piano wishing to hell someone knew how to play it?

According to recent research, because of our early television years, under 25s are more likely to dream in colour than the over 55s…

Anti-Gay ProtesterThe first Gay Pride march in England happened on this day in 1972.

It will be interesting to see if there is a Barack backlash in the US this election year but we have come a long way in 40 years in recognising same sex couples.  Of course that old joke gets wheeled out – once it was illegal, then it was tolerated, then it became legal – I’m getting out before it becomes compulsory!

In another 40 years, gay marriage will be as ‘normal’ all around the planet as a black president.  Yep, those days of black and white were definitely 1960’s and 1970’s!

Doctor Smoking Advertising Camels

Smoking was banned in all public places in England on this day in 2007. The next generation won’t believe that we not only once smoked in public places but also in planes, cinemas and hospitals.

Deborah Harry BlondieDeborah Harry celebrates her 67th birthday today. Sexy lady. Got to interview her once. After about 30 years with boyfriend, Blondie guitarist Chris Stein, they split and she confided that she also had lots of steamy affairs with women… but still preferred sex with men. That disclosure probably increased the fantasy for some hetero males!

John Farnham, former plumber and singer who has had more comebacks than a good boomerang, is 63 today… Canadian comedian, actor and writer Dan Ackroyd turns 60 and American sprinter Carl Lewis is 51, the same age Princess Diana would have been today…

Robert Mitchum Black & WhiteA day before the anniversary of her grandfather Ernest’s suicide, model Margaux Hemmingway ended her life with an overdose on this day in 1996, aged 42. Robert Mitchum died on this day in 1997 – a terrific actor, he was also an author, a composer and a singer but THE worst person to interview because he liked to answer where possible with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. When he did open up, he was quite self-effacing. In one interview he cut in on the interviewer and said, “Look, I have two kinds of acting. One on a horse and one off a horse. That’s it.”

Three other stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood went to the other side of the final curtain on July 2 – Walter Matthau shuffled off in 2000, Marlon Brando died in 2004 and Karl Malden in 2009.

Fast Bowler Fred TruemanGreat English fast bowler, “Fiery” Fred Truman died on this day in 2006.

Freddie was a popular Yorkshireman with a dry wit. In one test match he sent the ball into the batsman’s pads and appealed for an LBW. It was denied. The next ball also whacked the batsman’s pads. Again the umpire turned down the appeal. The next ball took out the middle stump and Fred turned to the umpire and said, “That one were f#%king close.”  And it was damn clever of him to be able to pronounce that hash tag and percentage mark!