On This Day, August 6

Posted on 6th Aug 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Monday…

…and on this day in 1926, Harry Houdini performed his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.

In 1945 the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, effectively ending WW2 in the Pacific but killing 70,000 instantly and tens of thousands later from burns and radiation poisoning.

In 1991, the guy who played the father in the modern house segment in the Olympics opening ceremony, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, released his ideas for that crazy thing called the World Wide Web.  Don’t give up your day job, Tim, it will never take off.  I first saw the Internet in 1992 and have made a living out of websites since 1998… so thanks, Tim.  I think.  Here is my Olympic update for today: http://www.rydges.com/the-rydges-post/article/2471

To those born on this day…

American actress and ground-breaker for people like Joan Rivers, Lucille Ball, in 1911… tough guy actor, Robert Mitchum, in 1917… artist and pop icon, Andy Warhol, in 1928… and Aussie TV personality, Daryl Somers, in 1951.

And to mention someone who died on this day, in 2009.  American writer and director, John Hughes… most people don’t read the credits, but what a CV Hughes had with the movies he created with words and vision before a heart attack ttok him out aged 59… just a few.: National Lampoon Vacation, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Uncle Buck, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Baby’s Day Out, Dennis the Menace, The Breakfast Club, Home Alone and the sequels.  Good thing he dropped out of university…  Okay, not as arty as David Lean, but deft at his chosen crafts and he entertained millions of people.