On This Day, September 14

Posted on 14th Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

STOP PRESS:

There’s an inaugural award called the Business disABILITY Awards and Cane & Able has been judged to be a FINALIST in the Business Innovation category.  The winner will be announced at a special breakfast on 25 September 2012.  Woo-hoo!

Ha!  Let’s do the time warp again…  It’s just a jump to the left…

You see, Jill lives in Los Angeles and her September 13 pops up way later than mine in Queensland, so we doubled up a bit in the scribbling.  So the first part of this post is really ‘on this yesterday’…

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In 122 AD, on this day, construction began on Hadrians Wall. The wall is sometimes referred to as the “Limes Britannicus” which, of course, is not to be confused with the Tahitian lime or lime Tahiticus which is yummicus with rummicus!

You may be pleased to know that on this day in 1971, the US Attica Prison raid came to an end. You may or may not be so pleased to know, that a class action suit that was filed in the 70’s on behalf of over 1200 Attica inmates, was finally settled in 2000 with a federal judge ordering New York State to pay $8million dollars to the surviving inmates…and they say crime doesn’t pay!

So what else happened you ask….hmmm well in 1953, Nikita Khrushchev was appointed secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. One of his better known quotes was “Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers”. But then he also said “If you cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen”. That must have been some “Party”!

Finally, in 1987 Paul Lynch of Great Britain set a record when he did 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours.. 25 years later and still nobody knows why?

Most importantly may I leave you with this important message….

Today is International Chocolate Day!!!

Go forth & choccify!

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Me again.  Just noticed a few birthdays for September 14 and three that were part of my life – Hollywood producer, Hal Wallis was born on this day in 1898.  The first Wallis produced movie I saw was Blue Hawaii with Elvis Presley (1961) – it wasn’t for some time did I realise he produced so many ‘classic’ movies – The Adventures of Robin Hood, Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Maltese Falcon, Dark Victory, Sergeant York, True Grit, Barefoot in the Park, Anne of a Thousand Days and Mary Queen of Scots.

An actor born on this day whose film performance from a 1968 movie still lives with me – British actor, Nicol Williamson.  He played the lead in Tony Richardson’s Hamlet and, for the first time, took me on a magical journey into Shakespeare.  Marianne Faithful was his Ophelia…

And a song I loved back in those days was The Rain, The Park and Other Things by The Cowsills.  Barry Cowsill was born on September 14, 1954.  He died, tragically, drowning in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.  My connection there apart from an old hippie song – a fellow MSer I know in the US is friendly with the Cowsill family (one of them drums for The Beach Boys these days) – and the Cowsill family was the inspiration for The Partridge Family.

I shared a flat with a guy who was friends with David Cassidy (Keith Partridge) and we got freebie tickets to see a concert at Randwick Racecourse.  Reluctantly I went along – it was one of the best concerts I have been to – he really knew how to woo those teenybopper girlies! An energetic hip-swivelling rendition of I Think I Love You saw some girls faint.  33,000 turned up for the Melbourne gig and, sadly, in London in 1974, a stampede towards the stage resulted in 650 injured and one 14yo girl, Bernadette Whelan, dying.

And finally, on this day, three years ago, actor Patrick Swayze died.

It made so much news that it overshadowed two other deaths that day – I only just found out that actor Henry Gibson died (one famous role was the hippie poet on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In)…

…and probably the first real celebrity chef, Keith Floyd – the flamboyant British cook got me interested in cooking through shows like Floyd on Fish.  Organised chaos, on screen and off.  He loved a drink!