On This Day, September 20

Posted on 20th Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Over to Jill in the Northern Hemisphere – Down Under spring has sprung and the gardens are a treat!

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In the Northern Hemisphere, meteorological Autumn starts on 20 September. In the Southern Hemisphere, meteorological Spring starts on this date. So one of us will spring forward and one of us will fall back today although we all still seem to have trouble remembering which one it is.

In 480BC the Greeks defeated Persians in the Battle of Salamis… there was quite a pong left on the battlefield and several  childish giggles were had that day I can tell you… sorry, from bad to wurst…

In 1860, The Prince of Wales, Edward VII, visited the United States. Speaking of Edward, when in London you should visit Rules Restaurant in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden. It is the oldest restaurant in London and it was here that Edward often bought his famous mistress, Lilly Langtry (the pic is circa 1885). Dumb waiters, of the pulley variety, of course, are still in use there today.

1963 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.  Comedian Jackie Gleason would continue the proposition to his Honeymooners TV wife Alice, offering more of a solo trip.

On September 20, 1983 – The Ronnie Lane Appeal for ARMS Benefit concert was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The concert was to raise money for research of Multiple Sclerosis. The idea for hosting the concert was envisaged by Ronnie Lane, ex-bassist for The Small Faces and The Faces, himself a casualty of multiple sclerosis. The concert featured a star-studded line-up of British musicians, including Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, John Paul Jones, Andy Fairweather-Low, Bill Wyman, Kenney Jones and Charlie Watts. The concert was particularly notable in the fact that it was the first occasion on which Clapton, Beck and Page, each a former lead guitarist for The Yardbirds, had performed together on stage. Unfortunately as we know, although much has changed in the music world since 1983, not too much has happened with a “cure” for MS.

To those born on this day…

In 1934, Sophia Loren, the Italian actress and va va boom bombshell…

Alannah Currie, in 1957 – she was a member of UK pop group The Thompson Twins…

And finally, dying on this day…

Jacob Grimm- 1863 German writer & folklorist… and yes, one of THOSE brothers.

Jim Croce, in 1973… you can drop in to his eponymous bar and restaurant when you visit the Gaslight District in San Diego, California… just ask the “operator” for directions.