On This Day, July 19

Posted on 19th Jul 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

64AD – Rome fiddled while Nero burned. Or something like that.

Execution of Lady Jane GreyOn this day in 1553 Lady Jane Grey was removed as Queen of England after nine days in the top job and was subsequently executed for high treason, aged just 16 or 17.  She was one of the brightest and best educated young ladies of her day.

This painting of her execution was done by French artist, Paul Delaroche.  It was painted in 1833.  Whew, for a moment I thought he was there at the time!  “Okay people, keep it still for just another few hours… you in the tights, don’t change the tilt on the axe and you, up the back, no finger-twitching!  Janie – simply fabbo pet, it’s as if you don’t mind waiting!”

To those born on this day… in 1921, evangelist Harold Camping – he’s the old loop that keeps reviving the date for the end of the world and makes millions out of it.  Dare I say, Camping should not be allowed?

Romanian tennis player Ilie Năstase was born on this day in 1946.  Năstase was the World Number One between August 1973 and June 1974. An International Hall of Famer, Năstase won seven Grand Slam titles and I am mightily impressed that I can use a tricky letter like ă.

Queen’s lead guitarist, Brian May, was born in 1947.  That’s the Freddie Mercury type Queen, not Her Majesty… and Aussie rugby league player turned commentator, Mark Gasnier, turns 31 today.

And dying on this day, in 2003 was another evangelist, William ‘Bill’ Bright.  He was the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

On things Christian – Katie Holmes recently left Tom Cruise because she would rather their daughter, Suri, brought up with Christian values than the wacky values of the Church of Scientology.  As Peter Fitzsimons’ column pointed out last weekend, Scientology teaches that “All humans have been infested by the souls of aliens murdered millions of years ago by an evil galactic overlord called Xenu, who brought them to Earth and detonated nuclear bombs inside several volcanoes.” Sheesh!  Far better to learn how to telepathically communicate with a being that is his own father, so as to “remove the evil force from your soul that is present in all humanity because a woman made out of one rib bone and a mound of dirt was tricked into eating fruit from a magical tree by a talking snake”.