Thursday, July 12

Posted on 12th Jul 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Already Thursday

“…Then tomorrow must be Feline Friday!!!”

Rolling Stones 1960'sOn this day in 1812, the United States invaded Canada as part of the War of 18… Come on, come, do you remember which war? Yes, you got it!  The War of 1812!  Any prize from the middle shelf…

On July 12, 1962 The Rolling Stones performed their first concert at the Marquee Club in London – 50 years ago!!!

They performed that show as The Rollin’ Stones… Just prior to this, Brian Jones christened the band during a phone interview. When asked for a band name Jones saw a Muddy Waters LP lying on the floor of which one of the tracks was ‘Rollin’ Stone’.

On this day in 1971 the Australian Aboriginal flag was flown for the first time.

To today’s birthdays…

Born on this day in 1937 – talented comedian and actor, Bill Cosby.

Phillip AdamsIn 1939, urbane broadcaster, leftie intellectual and atheist, Phillip Adams, came into the world as the only child of the Reverend Charles Adams.  A charming man of deep thought and many achievements, he was instrumental in setting up the Australian Film, Television & Radio School when Gough Whitlam was PM.  I have had two brushes with AFTRS – one, when I applied to become a student and made the ‘short list’ but was told to re-apply when I had some ‘experience’… I was so chuffed, after getting some ‘experience’ to be invited back to AFTRS as a lecturer and mentor and to write the chapter on radio comedy in their core text.

Billy Smith St GeorgeIn 1942, St George and Australian rugby league halfback, Billy Smith, was born in Fremantle.  Billy was pivotal to the 11 consecutive premierships from 1956 to 1966 (Smith played first grade 1960 to 1972 with a record 296 games for the club).  He was small but tough with a hefty dose of larrikinism – I didn’t barrack for St George but I loved watching him play – even against my team, the Tigers.

In 1947, on this day, another great halfback was born. Arguably the greatest rugby player to pull on a Welsh jumper, Gareth Edwards, also scored what has been called the greatest try of all time, against the All Blacks in 1973.  Here’s a link for rugby fans.

Cheryl LaddOn this day in 1951 one of Charlie’s Angels, Cheryl Ladd, was born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmore – she married David Ladd (son of actor, Alan Ladd) and kept his surname after the divorce.  What’s wrong with Stoppelmore?

American singer, Minnie Riperton, died on this day in 1979, aged just 31, following a battle with breast cancer.

Minnie’s amazing five and a half octave vocal range was showcased in her last, and most known, single release, ‘Lovin’ You’…

Happy Independence Day to all the good folk in Kiribati which, of course, is pronounced ‘Kirribass’!

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