On This Day, Wednesday, July 4

Posted on 4th Jul 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

American flagIt’s American Independence Day so let’s kick off with a groan…

A Spaniard named Jose went to Miami and wanted to attend a big league game. To his dismay he found that all the seats were sold out. However, the management gave him a high seat up behind the flagpole. When he returned to his home country his friends asked him, “What kind of people are those Americans?” He said, “Very fine people, they gave me a special seat at the ball game and just before the game started everybody stood, looked to where I was sitting and sang ‘Jose can you see…’”

Nearly enough of 1776 and all that… but on the fiftieth anniversary of the declaration of independence, on this day in 1826, Thomas Jefferson, the third US president died, the same day as John Adams, the second president…

Alice Liddell photograph

On this day in 1862, Lewis Carroll told little Alice Liddell a story, and that story grew into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  She apparently didn’t notice he was taking LSD at the time…  The above photo is Alice, taken by Carroll.  There’s no evidence to suggest he was a tad predatory, but as a parent, I wouldn’t have left him alone with her…

To those born on July 4

Ray Meagher Home and Away‘Aint No Sunshine’ singer, Bill Withers in 1938, INXS saxophonist, Kirk Pengilly turns 54 and tennis players Pam Shriver (1962) and Henri Leconte (1963).  And struth, crikey stone the famin’ crows, Alf from Home & Away, Ray Meagher, turns 68 today…

And to those departing this mortal coil on July 4…

Hungarian-American actress, Eva Gabor, died on this day in 1995.  She married five times and had flings with Frank Sinatra, Glenn Ford and Tyrone Power.  Chinese-Australian cardiac surgeon, Dr Victor Chang, was shot twice in the head in Mosman, Sydney and died on this day in 1991.  And soul singer, Barry White, died of renal failure on this day in 2003.

Finally today… in 1959, in South Africa, the people in the photo set the world record for phone box cramming, getting 25 people into the thing!

Phone Box Cramming 1959

Of course, phone boxes are soooooo last century and today kids have to find other ways to have fun…

Little Teapot Girl