On This Day, August 5

Posted on 5th Aug 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

On this day in 1962, Nelson Mandela was jailed.  He would not be released until 1990.

To those born on this day…

In 1908, the 17th Prime Minister of Australia, Harold Hoit.  He went missing in the surf in December 1967, presumed drowned and how bravely ironic of the Stonnington Council to honour him with the Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre.  At the time of his drowning he was married and had a mistress and because that is a tad tacky, here he is kissing a fish.

Others born on August 4 – actor Robert Taylor in 1911, astronaut Neil Armstrong in 1930, singer Angry Anderson in 1947, Aussie actor John Jarrett in 1951 and singer in the past tense, Samantha Sang, in 1953.

Who rhymes with Bolt and is the fastest man on earth?  Usain Bolt breezed through the heat of the 100m sprint last night and showed that he is not only the fastest but also the coolest dude on the planet.  Good thing he’s not Australian or he would be guaranteed a Silver.  Australia gets a Silver in the Women’s 4×100 medley relay as did long jumper, Mitchell Watt.  The Men’s relay team bagged a Bronze, meaning at the end of Day 8, Australia still only has one Gold Medal.

And with three Gold Medals, New Zealand tops the overall medal tally when put in the context of number of Gold medals per population.