On This Day, August 29

Posted on 29th Aug 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Wednesday

On this day in 1833, the United Kingdom whacked a ban on slavery throughout the Empire… and, in part of that Empire on this day two years later, in 1835, the city of Melbourne was founded.

In 1966, The Beatles performed their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.  Fancy a group being wealthy enough to spend their time making music, taking drugs and hanging out with maharishi. That cop got a good view… and I like the way he has turned side on so he can hear the music better…

To those born on this day…

In 1923, English film director, Richard Attenborough…

In 1938, American actor, Elliott Gould, was born Elliot Goldstein – loved him in M*A*S*H and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice…

In 1958, British writer, comedian, cool black dude and ex-Mr Dawn French, Lenny Henry…

Lenny was born the same day as American singer, songwriter and guy who hated being a black dude, Michael Jackson…

And born on this day in 1959 was American actress and no relation to the lobster, Rebecca De Mornay.

De Mornay had a two year relationship with Tom Cruise, living together in New York, after working together on the movie, Risky Business.

She married novelist and screenwriter, Bruce Wagner, in 1989 and after that ended, she married Patrick O’Neil, Ryan O’Neil’s son and as the former sister-in-law of Tatum O’Neil, she is aunt to the three kiddies that came from the marriage of Tatum to tennis great, John McEnroe.  They get around those Hollywood types – and hasn’t Tom Cruise done well in the bedroom stakes for a short chap with strange religious views?  Bec, Cher, Mimi, Nicole, Penelope, Katie…

Some people who died on August 29…

Swedish actress, Ingrid Bergman, in 1982 – most famous for the movie Casablanca I guess…

American tough guy actor, Lee Marvin, in 1987 – my favourites , The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Dirty Dozen, and Cat Ballou (that one got him the Best Actor Oscar)…

And on this day in 2001, carpenter, singer, surfer and pilot Graeme ‘Shirley’ Strachan died when the helicopter he was piloting solo crashed on the Sunshine Coast.  He was 49.  The nickname ‘Shirley’ came from his long curly, surfer hair – looked like Shirley Temple.  And a bit of trivia – the first track played on radical ABC youth station was the banned Skyhooks track, You Just Like Me Coz I’m Good In Bed.