On This Day, August 22

Posted on 22nd Aug 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Wednesday.  Quick quiz.  In the TV sit-com, Laverne & Shirley, what was Shirley’s surname?

On this day in 1770, Captain James Cook officially claimed the east coast of Australia as New South Wales in the name of King George III.

And on this day a decade later, on this day in 1780, Cook’s ship HMS Resolution returned to England with Cook having been killed in Hawaii during the voyage.

We know that too many Cooks spoil the broth but also that two’s company and three’s a crowd, so I found another cook who was born on this day, in 1970 – Italian born American chef and TV host, Giada De Laurentis who makes for a far prettier portrait than Jimmy Cook the sailor.

To others born on this day…

In 1904, the Chinese statesman who sounds like a ricochet, Deng Xiaoping…

In 1934, US General ‘Stormin’ Norman’ Schwarzkopf…

In 1935, American Author, E. Annie Proulx (The Shipping News)

In 1947, American actress, Cindy Williams (she played Shirley Feeney in Laverne & Shirley)

In 1961, musician, Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) and, in 1963, singer/songwriter, Tori Amos…

And finally, August 22 was a Big Day in Popeland – One born, two dead and one taking the show on the road.  In 1241 Pope Gregory IX got to find out if God exists first hand, as did Pope Nicholas III in 1280.  Pope Leo XII was born in 1760 and, in 1968, Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogotá, Colombia as the first pope to visit Latin America. Here he is ordering two beers… or maybe about to sneak up on a bishop and give him rabbit-ears… He has mischief in his eyes…

On this day in 1942 Brazil declared war on Germany and Italy.  Just mentioning to show whose side they were on.

And in 1962 an attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle failed.  Success and failure in that area means a big difference in what makes headlines.  Mind you, corduroy pillows always make headlines.