On This Day, August 10

Posted on 10th Aug 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

There are two photos here – one is a serial killer, one is a rock legend.  Hmm, your pick?

On this day in 1793 the Louvre opened in Paris – visited in October last year and it is super disabled friendly – you are whisked around the queue to a smart lift on arrival and in the Mona Lisa viewing room people in wheelchairs can go to the front and be face-to-face with the world’s most famous portrait.  And it wasn’t just her eyes that followed me around the room!

In 1948, Candid Camera made its TV debut after being on radio for a year as Candid Microphone – that makes no sense at all, but I loved the TV show as a kid.

On this day in 1969, a day after murdering Sharon Tate and four others, members of Charles Manson’s cult kill Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. I have driven past the mansion where it happened in the Hollywood Hills.  Nasty.  That’s Manson top photo.

On this day in 2003, the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK – 38.5 °C (101.3 °F).  It is the first time the United Kingdom has recorded a temperature over 100 °F (38 °C).   Global warming?  Never…

To those born on this day…

In 1928 – Eddie Fisher, singer and one of the Mr Elizabeth Taylors, same day as Aussie actor and father of Paul, Gus Mercurio – and you know what, they both died in 2010.

My music idol, Ian Anderson, was born on this day in 1947.  First saw Jethro Tull live in 1972 and 41 years on he still thrills me – if you aren’t familiar with Tull, let me bring you Songs from the Wood… more than adequate guitar and harmonies, a strong lead vocal and fabulous flute to make you feel much better!