On This Day, September 21

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Today is World Peace Day! …Ah well…fingers crossed… ouch… have you ever tried to make a peace sign with your fingers crossed?

Benedict Arnold earned his moniker on this day in 1780, when his plan to surrender the fort of West Point to the British was discovered by the capture of an English spy, John André, who was carrying papers with the details of the plot. Arnold was the Commander of West Point at the time and did what anyone would do when faced with news of the capture of André…he buggered off down the Hudson to a waiting British sloop…

In 1897 – The “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial was published in the New York Sun.  Yes, Virginia there really was such an article, and yes, Virginia was a real child. More than a century later it remains the most reprinted editorial ever to run in any newspaper in the English language.

In 1937 J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published. He penned it after second breakfast, his hairy feet poking gently through his invisible cloak as he tucked the finished papers into his one ring binder…

Joining The United Nations on This Day

  • 1965 – Gambia, Maldives and Singapore
  • 1971 – Bahrain, Bhutan and Qatar

In 1972 Philippine President, Ferdinand Marcos, signed Proclamation № 1081, placing the entire country under martial law. Proclamation 1082 was to have all shoes in the small country immediately handed over to his wife Imelda.

Born on this day…

In 1866 – H. G. Wells, the English writer who of course went back in time years later and did it all over again…

In 1947 – Stephen King, American author. His birth scared the bejesus out of his Mum!

In 1950 – Bill Murray, American comedian and actor. Best known for roles in Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters & Groundhog Day. Best known for roles in Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters & Groundhog Day. Best known for roles in Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters & Groundhog Day.

1957 – Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia… and 28th PM in his own mind…

1965 – David Wenham, Aussie actor ..old “Daisy” was a bingo caller at the Marrickville Town Hall before venturing into acting.

Died on this day…

1974 – Walter Brennan, American actor Brennan won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor on three separate occasions, which is currently the record for most Oscar wins by a male actor, tied with Jack Nicholson.

1974 – Jacqueline Susann, the American novelist died not of an overdose of colorful pills, but sadly of breast cancer.  Not everyone was a fan.  Truman Capote, himself a talk show regular and a controversial figure, created a media storm when he appeared on The Tonight Show. Capote stated that Susann looked like “a truck driver in drag.” Susann threatened to sue Capote and NBC-TV over that and other comments. In turn, Capote apologised “to truck drivers everywhere.” Johnny Carson gave Susann the chance to fire back at Capote, and Carson asked her on the air, “What do you think of Truman?” Susann quipped, “Truman…Truman”, “I think history will prove he’s one of the best Presidents we’ve had.”