On This Day, July 22

Posted on 22nd Jul 2012 by ian under On This Day, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Welcome to Sunday.

On this day in 1894, the first ever motor race was held in France, between Paris and Rouen.

The first driver across the finishing line at Rouen was Jules-Albert, Compte de Dion (photo) but he did not win the main prize because his steam vehicle needed a ‘stoker’ and was thus ineligible.  Cadel Evans would also have been ineligible but would have gone a lot faster.

In 1933, Wiley Hardeman Post became the first person to fly solo around the world taking just 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.

Two years later (August 15) Post died in a plane crash, aged 36, along with American humorist/writer, Will Rodgers.  They had a double act where Post would pilot the plane and Rodgers would knock out the story on a typewriter on his lap.

To today’s birthdays…

Louise Fletcher, most famous for her icy portrayal of Nurse Rached in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was born in 1935.

Mel Gibson’s partner in the Lethal Weapon movies, Danny Glover, was born on this day in 1946.  Don Henley, drummer and songwriter with The Eagles turns 65 today and is officially eligible for the pension.

The delightful English actor, Terence Stamp, turns 73 – could be wonderfully sinister or villainous or wickedly funny or a damn fine cross-dresser as seen when he played Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  He shared a flat with Michael Caine when they were both struggling actors in the 1960’s and he married for the first time aged 63 after meeting a 29yo contender, Elizabeth O’Rourke, in a pharmacy at Bondi Beach in Sydney.  The marriage lasted six years.

Prince Felix of DenmarkHappy 10th birthday to Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat who is eighth in line to the throne, which means he should be in a happy place of no pressure, not much responsibility with a couple of fetes to open each year, no real job but never short of a quid.

And dying on this day, aged 90, in 1995, in Randwick, not far from the Sydney Cricket Ground, English fast bowler, Harold Larwood.

Harold was the villain in the infamous ‘Bodyline’ cricket series (1933) where he bowled fast and dangerous (attacking the man more than the bat).

England won the Ashes and on return to England the MCC asked Larwood to write a letter of apology to the Australian Cricket Board.  He refused, saying that it was his job as a professional to follow the instructions of the team captain.  Having said that, his most treasured possession was a small silver ashtray inscribed “To Harold, For The Ashes, From A Grateful Skipper”, Douglas Jardine.

These days, bodyline cricket could still be dangerous but not for the same reasons…