This Day Through History

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If you have looked at the calendar today you may have noticed that it is 24th October 2018. This is a significant day in history and one which the United Nations has declared should be a National Holiday in all member states. Not that the British government takes any notice when it comes to handing out holidays. So why is this day so special? Here is the list…

1812 – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow.
1818 – Felix Mendelssohn aged 9 performs his first public concert in Berlin.
1857 – World’s first soccer club, Sheffield F C, founded in Yorkshire, England.
1899 – Battle at Rietfontein, South Africa: Boers vs British army.
1901 – First woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor).
1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.
1922 – Irish Parliament adopts a constitution for an Irish Free State.
1924 – Nobel prize for physiology or medicine awarded to Dutchman Willem Einthoven “for his discovery of the mechanism of the electrocardiogram.”
1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
1929 – “Black Thursday”, start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%.
1931 – George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated, opens the next day. Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion.
1938 – US forbids child labour in factories.
1939 – Benny Goodman records “Let’s Dance”. Joe DiMaggio wins Most Valuable Player. Nazi Party require wearing of Star of David by Jews.
1945 – Charter of United Nations comes into effect.
1946 – A camera on board the V-2 rocket, launched from Whites Sands US, takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
1948 – Bernard M Baruch introduces term “Cold War”.
1958 – USSR lends Egypt 400 million rubbles to build Aswan Dam.
1960 – The Bearkeeper, Lord Davidd of Birko, OBE, DASc is born and is presented with his BFF Bimbo Bear.
1962 – Cuban missile crisis: Soviet ships approach but stop short of the US blockade of Cuba.
1963 – KRO shows first episode of Bonanza.
1968 – Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for pot, released on £50 bail.
1971 – President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O’Brady, addresses a party conference in Dublin and proclaims that the North of Ireland must be made ungovernable as a first step to achieve a united Ireland.
1973 – John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone.
1976 – English McLaren driver James Hunt finishes 4th in the season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway to win his first World Formula 1 Drivers title by 1 point from Niki Lauda.
1978 – Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto.
1979 – Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc as all-time best selling singer-songwriter.
1980 – John Lennon releases “(Just Like) Starting Over” in UK and is murdered by Mark Chapman. Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity.
1981 – Pablo Picasso’s 1937 painting Guernica goes on display in Madrid Spain to celebrate the centenary of the artist’s birth.
1989 – France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll.
1998 – Launch of Deep Space 1 on comet and asteroid mission.
2003 – Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
2006 – MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Venus flyby.
2008 – “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
2017 – Albert Einstein’s “Theory of Happiness”, written as a note for a bellboy instead of a tip in Tokyo in 1922 sells for $1.56 million.

I am sure there is something in there somewhere of interest to all Toasters – or maybe not?

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Lord Bearkeeper OBE DASc

A sad and lonely old man who used to have a life but it has now been taken over by his dedication to the cause of saving Renault Bears, running Jammy Toast and searching eBay, car boot sales, charity shops, lofts and even under beds for his beloved bears. He has even now taken in Flat Eric to save him from homelessness – his life is no longer his own!


36 Comments on “This Day Through History”

  1. Sad news from Chester Zoo… The zoo announced yesterday that three-year-old Nandita and 18-month Aayu were fighting for their lives after contracting the fast acting elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV).

    Today they have confirmed that the two baby elephants have died.

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