On This Day, August 11

Posted on 11th Aug 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

It’s Sunday!

And on this day in 1984, US President, Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election wasn’t aware that his microphone was on for his weekly radio address to the American people, said…”We begin bombing I five minutes”…

To those born on this day…

In 1897, English author, Enid Blyton… she is one of the first ‘real’ authors I read… Five Go to Mystery Moor I think it was…

Born in 1953, American wrestler/celebrity, Hulk Hogan…

And in 1954, English singer, Joe Jackson was born David Ian Jackson, as I was born Ian David Heydon in the same year.

Joe lives in Berlin these days, mainly because of his smoking habit.  He has been a very vocal campaigner against the tobacco Nazis in the UK and USA.  He lived in New York until the NY smoking ban in 2003.

I no longer smoke, but while it is still a legal substance, smoking should be tolerated, but not in a non-smoker’s space.  Mind you, now and then we wonder who the real men are…

Joe would have been fine with the Reagan administration, after all, Ronnie didn’t mind the enjoyment of a mild cigarette.

Finally, today is Independence Day in the land-locked African nation of Chad.  Chad split from French control in 1960.  Chad has sent athletes to the Olympic Games from 1964 to 1972 and from 1984 to 2008.  They also sent athletes to London last year but to date the country has not won a medal.