On This Day, July 15

Posted on 15th Jul 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Sunday…and July 15 in Kiribati is Elderly Men’s Day.  With a life expectancy of just 61 you can be considered elderly quite young.

On this day in 1381, John Ball, a leader in the Peasant’s Revolt was hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II.  This procedure would leave a peasant truly revolting – the execution involved being fastened to a wooden panel, ‘drawn’ by a horse to the place of execution, hanged until getting close to carking it, then emasculated (genitalia removed) disembowelled, beheaded and cut into four pieces.  I hope they made a wish.  Personally, I’d rather have been Ned Kelly who was just hanged, drawn and published.

To those born on this day…

1956 – American guitarist, Joe Satriani

1961 – American actor, Forest Whittaker

1967 – Adam Savage, co-host of TV’s Mythbusters – (an apple a day keeps the doctor away… or was that just one of Granny’s myths?)

Adam passed the one true test of fame in February this year, when he and co-host, Jamie, lent their voices to The Simpsons episode “The Daughter Also Rises”.  Adam and Jamie took on the classic myth that a cat will always land on its feet. In the episode they don’t want to harm a real cat so they took a Build-a-Bear carcass, stuffed it with ballistics gel, shot it with a 20′ barrel steam cannon, then made a scatter plot of the remains.  At the end of the experiment, Jamie asked, “What was it we were trying to prove again?” to which Adam replied, “Don’t know, don’t care.”

On this day in 1997, Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace, was shot dead, aged 50, on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion after taking his morning walk.  No one will ever know exactly why because the assassin used the same gun to commit suicide a few days later.  One wouldn’t think it a lover’s tiff because things seemed solid between Gianni and his partner of 15 years, Antonio D’Amico (photo).  In the will Antonio was left a pension of 50million lire a month for life (around $26,000).

Hmm… thought for today?