On This Day, August 25

Posted on 25th Aug 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

It’s Saturday and on this day in 1875 Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France.  Didn’t I mention him yesterday?  Yep!  That’s when he started but it took him 22 hours to get there!

To those born on this day…

In 1918, English actor and pin-up heartthrob lad, Richard Greene.  He made a lot of movies but is best known to most, and certainly as part of my black & white television childhood, as the character who was feared by the bad and loved by the good for 143 episodes of The Adventures of Robin Hood

In 1930 another actor who also played Robin Hood (Robin and Marian), Sir Thomas Sean Connery was born in Edinburgh.  Good Lord – he is 82 today and still sexy!!!

In 1954, English musician, Elvis Costello, was born Declan Patrick MacManus… in 1958, American movie director, Tim Burton… and, in 1961, American singer, Billy Ray Cyrus

And dying on this day three years ago, in 2009, US Senator and probably US President if not for that car accident that resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, Edward “Ted” Kennedy.  Good brain and probably a good man.