On This Day, August 27

Posted on 27th Aug 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Monday…

On August 27, 1859 petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well…

… and on this day in 2003 Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing just  55,758,005km away.  Whew!  That was close!!!

To those born on this day…

In 1877 English automotive engineer, Charles Rolls.  Charlie was a bright spark – with his mate Fred Royce, he founded the Rolls-Royce manufacturing firm and was also an aviation pioneer.  He has the dubious historical honour of being the first Briton to be killed in a flying accident when the tail of his flying machine flew off during a display in 1910.  He was only 32.

In 1908 Sir Donald Bradman was out for the first time…

In 1943, American actress, Tuesday Weld (top).  She was good at her craft and married three times, once for a while to comedian, Dudley Moore.

In 1947, American actress, former Bond Girl and Mrs Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach.  Joe Walsh from The Eagles is married to her sister.

And born on this day in 1952, was a sad comedian, Paul Reubens.  He became quite famous as Pee Wee Herman and then even more famous when he was arrested for masturbating in a cinema (1991) and again on pornography charges in 2002.