On This Day, September 24

Posted on 24th Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

“Aren’t today National Punctuation Day in the USA??!!!!   I always thought an ellipsis was when the moon moves in front of the sun…

In 1493, Christopher Columbus departed on his second voyage to the “New World” where he picked up a couple of clean skins for the trip back.

In 1664, The Netherlands surrendered New Amsterdam (New York) to England. Inspiring the phrase, “pass the Dutchy to the left hand side”…

In 1906, Devils Tower in Wyoming became the USA’s first National Monument. The name originated in 1875 when an army interpreter mucked up the name as Bad God’s Tower.

In 2005, an additional designation of Bear Lodge National Historic Landmark (which was closer to the original Indian names that were used by various Indian tribes) met with opposition from the US Representative Barbara Cubin, who argued that a “name change will harm the tourist trade and bring economic hardship to area communities”  After a televised political debate Cubin once said to an opponent who happened to have MS, “If you weren’t sitting in that chair, I’d slap you across the face.”  Strangely enough, and after numerous other scandals she is no longer in office.

In 1934, Babe Ruth played his last game as a New York Yankee player. He now lives on in the USA as a chocolate bar.

In 1946, Cathay Pacific Airways was founded in Hong Kong.by American Roy Farrell and Australian Sydney de Kantzow.  According to legend, the airline was conceived at the bar of the Manila Hotel.

In 1985, Yungzhong Li of China found a 1.18 carat uncut diamond in a chicken he had just killed for dinner. The same year a Sioux Indian woman had found a gold nugget inside a chicken she was cleaning.  Urban legend has many stories of things found in KFC but none of them have been precious gems or metals.

Finally in history on this day – in 1977, the first Elvis Presley convention took place in Memphis and lots of Elvi were seen leaving the building, thank you very much…

Funny Elvis story here… Elvis made a habit of not sticking to the lyrics and once while singing “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” at a live recorded concert instead of “Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there” he sang “Do you gaze at your bald head and wish you had hair” just as a bald man happened to be walking by. He broke himself up laughing and giggling like a little kid, it was some time before he was able to continue the song.

Born On This Day

1725 – Sir Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer

1914 – Sir John Kerr , Australian Governor General, orchestrator of the most significant constitutional crisis in Australian history.

1936 – Jim Henson, Creator of the Muppets

Died On This Day

768 – Pippin the Short, King of the Franks father of Charlemagne

1054 – Hermannus Contractus, also known as Herman the Cripple, an 11th century scholar, composer, mathematician, and astronomer

1991 – Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss),  American children’s writer who could have written “I do not want to go today. I do not want to go that way..”  Maybe it was the green eggs and ham…