On This Day, September 19

Posted on 19th Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Wednesday!

On this day in 1796, George Washington’s farewell address was printed across America as an open letter to the public.  From memory it was 22 Abercrombie Lane, Yorktown. It was before they named the capital after him.

In 1879 the Blackpool Illuminations were switched on for the first time.  On my first visit to England I lobbed in Blackpool the weekend of the Illuminations unwittingly – accommodation mostly gone with a few flea-infested lower grade properties flogging off rooms for a small fortune on a minimum three night stay.  Slept in the car.  Probably my imagination but it seemed that it had attracted balding chaps with comb-overs who wore socks with sandals and sat in deckchairs playing the kazoo.  In a fortnight we will be staying at Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, an hour’s drive from Blackpool.  I think I’ll have to give it a second shot…

On this day in 1978, the Solomon Islands joined the United Nations.  Interesting yesterday to see the young Royal Couple in the Solomons, being presented a welcome lei by two topless ladies while the storm raged over the long-distance paparazzi photographer getting a snap of Duchess Kate’s blurry breasts.  Delicious irony…

In 1981, Simon and Garfunkel built a bridge over their troubled waters and reunited for a free concert in New York’s Central Park.

To those born on this day…

Actor Adam West in 1928 – he was TV’s Batman – Holy Socks!!!

One of the Men From Uncle, David McCallum, popped up in 1933 – and still doing a great acting job aged 79 as Dr Donald “Ducky” Mallard on NCIS…

Composer, Paul Williams, in 1940 – Rainy Days and Mondays, We’ve Only Just Begun, Rainbow Connection, An Old Fashioned Love Song and the theme for the Love Boat.

Mama Cass Elliot was born in 1941… actor Jeremy Irons in 1948…and, in 949, model Twiggy…

Leaving us on this day, in 2003, Aussie country music legend, Slim Dusty…