On This Day, September 25

Posted on 25th Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

303 – On a voyage preaching the gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona was beheaded in Amiens, France… wow, they really just loved doing that there didn’t they?

1066 – The Battle of Stamford Bridge in York marked the end of the Viking invasions of England.  When one rapes, pillages and burns apparently it is important to do so in that order…

Fun bit of trivia here… when I lived in London, the back of our building faced Stamford Bridge Football grounds, home to Chelsea FC. My alarm clock was the smell of frying onions from the food vendors and the noise of the crowds piling in amongst a sea of blue and white.

Que Sera Sera…

1513 – The Pacific Ocean was discovered by Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa when he crossed the Isthmus of Panama. He named the body of water the South Sea. He was truly just the first European to see the Pacific Ocean as opposed to a young lass my the name of Margarita who was obviously the first to drink it!

1911 – Ground was broken for Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the home of the Boston Red Sox. I have watched many a game at the Cathedral of Baseball and highly recommend it should you get a chance to visit, particularly if the NY Yankees are in town. When you are there, look for the lone red seat in the right field bleachers (Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21). The seat signifies the longest home run ever hit at Fenway by Boston’s favorite sportsman Ted Williams . The hit on June 9, 1946, was officially measured at 502 feet (153 m). A “wicked” long way as they say in Beantown!

1953 – Liberace made his debut at Carnegie Hall for a sellout crowd. Currently, we aren’t sure if his brother George was there… but he laughed all the way to the bank.

1996 – The last of the Magdalene Asylums closed in Ireland. The Magdalene asylums were institutions from the 18th to the late-20th centuries ostensibly for “fallen women”, and in Ireland they were known as Magdalene Laundries. Sadly their disappearance probably stemmed more from the popularity of the washing machine than the sexual revolution in Ireland.

Born On This Day

1764 – Fletcher Christian, English Bounty mutineer…

1862 – Billy Hughes, seventh Prime Minister of Australia at age 90, while still serving in Parliament. He is the longest-serving member of the Australian Parliament…

1929 – Ronnie Barker, British comedian and actor. It was hello from him, and hello from him…

1944 – Michael Douglas, American actor and producer whose wife Catherine Zeta Jones was born on the exact same day, in 1969…

1946 – Felicity Kendal, British actress was to the Manor born today…

1951 – Mark Hamill, American actor, best known as Luke Skywalker…

1952 – Colin Friels, Scottish born Aussie actor…

1968 – Will Smith, American Actor the Fresh Prince was freshly hatched…

Died On This Day

1849 – Johann Strauss, Senior, Austrian composer of the Viennese Waltz…

1960 – Emily Post, American etiquette expert died ever so politely…

1984 – Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor…

2005 – Don Adams died on September 25, 2005 at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles from a lung infection. Before he died, he joked about not wanting a mournful funeral, preferring, he said, to have his friends get together “and bring me back to life.”