On This Day, September 10

Posted on 10th Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

(Jill’s having a scribble today!)

Welcome to  Monday!  Today is the 254th day of the year and as we speak they are celebrating Teachers Day in China.

Although students in Shanghai ranked number one globally in reading, maths and science, elsewhere in the country, teachers may not be doing so well. Teachers were unable to tell these poor little tykes apart so the parents shaved western numbers, strangely enough, onto their domes. One can only feel sorry for the 4th in line at the barbers that day as 4 is considered unlucky in China..oops!

On this day in 1897, 25yo cabbie George Smith, after downing a couple of cold ones, slammed his cab into the side of #165 Bond Street pled guilty & was fined 25 shillings (the equivalent at the time of 2 days wages for a builder’s labourer). In 1936, Dr. Rolla Harger, a professor of biochemistry and toxicology, patented the Drunkometer, a balloon-like device into which people would breathe to determine whether they were inebriated. Not very accurate but great fun at parties.

Zoot Alors!!..In 1977 the guillotine falls silent with Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant convicted of murder, becoming the last person to lose his head, literally.

Elias Howe patented his lockstitch sewing machine on 10 September 1846 in New Hartford, Connecticut.

Facing a legal battle after Isaac Singer invented the up-and-down motion mechanism, and Allen Wilson developed a rotary hook shuttle, the three inventors chucked their patent rights together into the Sewing Machine Combination. It was under this patent that the sewing machine was then successfully marketed. Thank goodness or those crowd stopping embroidered flares I wore in the 70’s would never have existed. What a loss for humanity that would have been.

The first rickshaw was believed to have been invented and utilised on 10 September 1869 by an American Baptist minister, the Reverend E Jonathan Scobie.  Japanese sources often credit Izumi Yosuke, Suzuki Tokujiro, and Takayama Kosuke, who are said to have invented rickshaws in 1868, inspired by the horse carriages that had been introduced to the streets of Tokyo shortly beforehand… Makes one wonder how that conversation went, “Ok Suzuki, I’ll unhook the horse & you jump in there & carry me around a while! Oh & grab these handlebars because I think I have another idea coming on…”

Closer to home, on September 10th 1906, the motor car drivers licence was issued in Adelaide. Dr William Arthur Hargreaves, a chemist and government analyst, was interested in alternative fuel sources. At the end of World War I he drove his car on a mixture of petrol & molasses. The car may not have run well but it’s coat sure was glossy!

In sports – on this day in 1962, Rod Laver defeated fellow Aussie Roy Emerson to win the US Open & thereby become the second man to win Tennis’s Grand Slam. The first man to do so was “Donnie” Budge in 1938.

Notable births today..

Hunky Colin Firth turns 52… Speech!! Speech!!

The ‘King’ of Golf, Arnold Palmer turns 83… not a bad handicap for us mere mortals…

And the organizer of the annual Roger Maris Celebrity Golf tournament, Roger Maris himself would have been 78 today.