Saturday, July 7

Posted on 7th Jul 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

“The best thing about the internet is you can make shit up.” – Oscar Wilde

Welcome to Seven/Seven, a day also known as Independence Day in the Solomon Islands (1978)…

Solomon Islands flag

On this day in 1456 a retrial acquitted Joan of Arc of heresy – she was only 19 when she was executed at the stake… must have been an amazing person…

Electrical Bread SlicerOn this day in 1928… wait for it, wait for it…!!!… the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri sold the world’s first ever sliced bread!  So, before then what was the best thing since…?

And on this day in 1985, Boris Becker became the youngest ever winner of Wimbledon at age 17.

Today’s birthdays… and Pierre Cardin would have been 90 today, Richard Starkey aka Ringo Starr 1940 turns 72 and actress Shelley Duvall turns 63.  She was good in The Shining and Nashville but she was just brilliant as Olive Oyl to Robin Williams’ Popeye

Shelly Duval as Olive Oyl in Popeye

This was a role she initially turned down because of bad memories – she was bullied at school and Olive Oyl was her much hated nickname.  Nice irony…

Physician, writer, poet and spiritualist, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, had a massive heart attack and died on this day 1930 aged 71 – his last words were to his wife, “You are wonderful” – what a nice chap!

Conan Doyle was also a keen cricketer and he played 10 first class matches for the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club.  His highest score was 43 and as a bowler only took one first-class wicket – not a bad one to bag, the batsman being W.G. Grace.

Doyle is most famous for penning the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, he also wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles or, if the following bookshop assistant was whacking on the price stickers, The Hound of the Skervilles…

Cooking Your Dog Book

Sticker Book Placement

Sticker Placement Moby Dick