On This Day, August 8

Posted on 8th Aug 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Happy Thursday. Personally I’m not particularly happy today… you see, there’s a big orange rabbit going around telling everyone that I’ve stopped taking my medication!

On this day, in 1876, Thomas Edison got his patent for a thing called the mimeograph (a stencil duplicator)…

In 1908 Wilbur Wright made his first public flight at Le Mans in France…

In 1963, 2.6 million pounds were knocked off in the Great Train Robbery in England.  One of the robbers, the charismatic Ronnie Biggs, pulled off the heist on his birthday.

Ronald was born on this day in 1929 (a year after Aussie jazz legend, Don Burrows).  Biggs led the authorities on a merry chase – to Melbourne and Rio – and then he did some porridge but is now living a free man in London after an early release on compassionate grounds coz he has a dodgy ticker – He is 84 today…

Radio’s ‘Golden Tonsils’, John Laws, was born on this day in 1935.  I have a couple of ‘Lawsy’ stories, but this is probably not the place to share them.  Let’s just say an amazing radio talent with amazing insecurities.

Don’t know Dustin Hoffman, but he’s one helluva an actor – first won me as Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate back in 1969.  His most recent outing was as the director of the British movie, Quartet. Aussie singer, Vanessa Amorosi turns 32 today as does tennis great, Roger Federer.