On This Day, September 3

Posted on 3rd Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Monday.

On this day in 301, the tiny little country of San Marino was founded and it the world’s oldest republic.  San Marino made its debut at this year’s Paralympic Games in London and is represented by a single flag-carrying athlete, Christian Bernadi who competed in the wheelchair shot put (F55).  He didn’t get a medal but might have got a PB to come 19th (and last) because he was given a wildcard entry so San Marino could be represented.

In 1802, poet William Wordsworth composed the sonnet Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802.  Many years ago I crossed Westminster Bridge and was similarly taken by the beauty of the Thames and dwelled for ages soaking in the view.  Wordworth was on his way to Calais with his sister, Dorothy, when he crossed the bridge and made a diary entry:

The City, St Paul’s, with the River & a multitude of little boats, made a most beautiful sight as we crossed Westminster Bridge. The houses were not overhung by their cloud of smoke & they were spread out endlessly, yet the sun shone so brightly with such a pure light that there was even something like the purity of one of nature’s own grand spectacles…

In 1935, Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300mph on salt flats in Utah.  He was let off with a warning.

To those born on this day:

1913 – American actor, Alan Ladd (apparently he was so short they stood him on a box in some westerns so he could look the others in the eye)…

1926 – Greek actress, Irene Papas (Guns of Navarone, Zorba the Greek)…

1940 – English actress, Pauline Collins – she had a Greek connection, starring as Shirley Valentine on stage and in the movie with Tom Conti…

And, on this day in 1965, Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Estevez.  It could be a small miracle that he is listed in the births for this day and not in the deaths – he has poured a lot of nasty substances into that body!