On This Day, September 9

Posted on 9th Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Sunday… and on this day in 1543, little Mary Stuart, at nine months old, was crowned “Queen of Scots”…

In 1791 the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C., was named after President George Washington, the one who told his Pa that he had chopped down the cherry tree rather than lie and blame his sister.  The story goes that George had wooden dentures but that’s not the case – it is true that he started losing teeth in his early 20’s and he only had one of his own when he took over the presidency, but he had a dentist who made his dentures from hippopotamus and elephant ivory, held together by gold springs.  They caused a deal of pain, so much that he took laudanum for relief and they say that the look of discomfort seen in his portrait is because of the pain.

And on this day in 1995 the world was introduced to the Sony Playstation.

To those born on this day…

In 1911, Australian Prime Minister,  John Gorton – he was a handsome young lad at Shore school in Sydney but a crash while he was a pilot in WW2 gave him the face that was described as ‘like a twisted sandshoe’.  Didn’t stop the women throwing themselves at him though…

In 1923, American actor with a good looking face, Cliff Robertson, was born.  He played a young John F Kennedy in the 1963 movie, PT 109, and won a Best Actor Oscar for Charly (1968) – in the movie he played the mentally disabled lead, which was an adaptation of the play, Flowers for Algernon.

In 1941, Otis Redding was born – I discovered his powerful music with Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay just after he was killed in a plane crash in 1967, aged 26… It was the first ever posthumous number one single…

In 1951, former Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer was born… he didn’t have wooden teeth either, but was photographed in fishnet stockings… in 1952, Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics… in 1960, English actor, Hugh Grant… in 1969, Kiwi model and actress, Rachel hunter… and, in 1975, Canadian/Italian singer, Mr Michael Bublé.