On This Day, September 22

Posted on 22nd Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Today is Hobbit day! Bilbo & Frodo Baggins both celebrate their birthdays today! So it’s off to the Prancing Pony for some roasted ‘taters & a brace of coneys with a few ales to boot!

1598 – English playwright Ben Jonson killed an actor in a duel and was indicted for manslaughter…Well, no wonder he was stripped of his Olympic medals!!! Pardon?  Oh I see… he’s not THAT Ben Jonson…

1692 – The last people was hanged for witchcraft in Britain’s North American colonies. Common sense would tell you that they should have been able to do something to prevent their demise had they really been witches.

Funny story – once, in New York, a friend of mine and I were standing knocking outside a psychic’s storefront when construction workers across the road yelled out “Wouldn’t you think she’d know you were there?”

1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published. There were no pictorial images for some time so it was years before young boys got their first foray into visual “birds & bees” conversations…

1927 – Jack Dempsey lost the “Long Count” boxing match to Gene Tunney.  (I just loved her old black & white movies, especially the Ghost & Mrs Muir)…

1955 – Commercial television began in Great Britain with ITV. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted. Waiting patiently for history to repeat itself…

1994 – The television sitcom Friends, about six young adults living in New York City, debuted on NBC. The main characters were originally paid $22, 500 per episode – by the 9th & 10th season they were earning a cool $1 Million…now those are some friends to have! “I’ll be there for you when the rain starts to fall…”

Born on this day…

1515 – Anne of Cleves, was a German noblewoman and the fourth wife of Henry VIII of England .The marriage however was never consummated and was anulled. Anne was described by the French ambassador, Charles de Marillac, as tall and slim, “of middling beauty, and of very assured and resolute countenance” – Oh those charming Frenchmen! Here’s a giggle factoid: the name of Henry VIII’s doctor was…. Dr Butts !

1885 – Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia

1957 – Nick Cave, Australian musician

1958 – Andrea Bocelli, Italian tenor

1978 – Harry Kewell, Australian soccer player

Died on this day…

1989 – Irving Berlin, American songwriter whistled his last tune…

1996 – Dorothy Lamour, American actress took the road less travelled…

1999 – George C. Scott, American actor shuffled of this mortal coil…

2007 – Marcel Marceau, French mime artist quietly died a death…