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Post by Richard Frost » Sun Jun 06 2021 8:37pm

kevinchess1 wrote:
Sun Jun 06 2021 7:07pm
Also the anni of D Day, largest ever seaborne invasion which began the liberation of France and later the rest of Europe.
Yes see my post for the year 1944. In hindsight perhaps I should have highlighted it in bold.
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Post by kevinchess1 » Sun Jun 06 2021 10:30pm

Sorry
Did flick through your post but missed it
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Post by Richard Frost » Mon Jun 07 2021 11:12am

7th June 2021

World Food Safety Day
World Food Safety Day (WFSD) aims to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development.

This year’s theme, ‘Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’, stresses that production and consumption of safe food has immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet and the economy. Recognizing the systemic connections between the health of people, animals, plants, the environment and the economy will help us meet the needs of the future.

Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Vanilla is considered the most popular flavour of ice cream, but ever since the Italians froze hot chocolate in 1692, chocolate has been a close contender. The celebratory day itself was likely started by an ice cream manufacturer to encourage greater sales of the delightful dessert, but the question remains whether there was really any need to encourage people to eat more chocolate ice cream.

VCR Day
They were the hallmark of movie watching in our youth, carrying films home from our local Blockbuster for a night of family fun and entertainment. Together we’d gather around the huge cathode ray tube TV’s in our living room, not even thinking to complain about the static lines that occasionally would run across the screen from a movie that had been worn with love from rewatching. VCR Day comes each year to remind us to take some time to appreciate the nostalgia of the tech of yesteryear.

Thank God It’s Monday Day
As a schoolchild once complained: “Mondays are bad enough, but why do they have to be at the start of the week?” It’s no easier for the workers of the world: on average, we struggle to the office for over 2,000 working Mondays, to see the same glum faces.

But if everyone takes the step together, Thank God It’s Monday Day shows us what working life could be like. A charity bake sale, a team lunch or even a stroll around the block – with no talking business! – can raise morale. Many companies help to organize a trip or a learning day: activity, music, and the visual arts all stimulate our minds more than we realize.

Love Island Day
For fans of ITV2’s hit show Love Island, the time in between the end of the series and the start of the next one is filled with countdowns and anticipation. When the new season starts, it’s now become known as Love Island Day, a time of celebration when the countdowns are over and the summer of excitement can begin all over again.

Love Island is officially the most-watched show that ITV2 has ever aired and one of the most popular reality TV shows in the UK and beyond right now. So, perhaps it’s no surprise that fans want an entire day to be dedicated to the show and its re-arrival at the start of June each year.

Love Island Day is about celebrating the fact that Love Island has returned to the airwaves. And let’s face it; those first episodes are always the most exciting as we’re introduced to a new raft of contestants and see the alliances and rivalries that will define the series begin to take shape.

The show is now immensely popular with brand deals, merchandise and a massive following. Having a day on which to celebrate that popularity is clearly important to a lot of people.

Mon Jun 7th, 2021 - Sun Jun 13th, 2021
Love your Burial Ground Week

Burial grounds and churchyards have been around for centuries, and often form an integral part of a local community. Serving as a place to remember and commemorate loved ones, visiting a churchyard can be an emotional experience for many people. The responsibility of tending to burial grounds often falls to people who have inherited the role of previous generations.

Although an honour, this is a challenging job, which can take its toll both physically and mentally. Love Your Burial Ground Week was established to help those charged with the role of maintaining burial sites and to enforce the connection between churchyards and communities.

A helping hand for the custodians out there doing a magnificent job, Love Your Burial Ground Week also offers people the opportunity to learn more about the history of local churchyards and to get involved in activities that celebrate and showcase the heritage of burial sites.

A selection of Birthdays

1761 John Rennie, Scottish engineer, born in East Linton, East Lothian, Scotland (d. 1821)
1770 Robert Jenkinson, 2ndEarlofLiverpool,Prime Minister of the UK (Tory: 1812-27), b. London (d.1828)
1778 Beau [George Bryan] Brummel, English dandy, born in London, (d. 1840)
1811 James Young Simpson, Scottish obstetrician who popularized chloroform for medicinal use, born in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland (d. 1870)
1825 R. D. Blackmore, Novelist (Norie, Lorna Doone), born in Longworth, Berkshire, England (d. 1900)
1831 Amelia Edwards, English author (The Phantom Coach) and Egyptologist, born in London (d. 1892)
1837 Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler, born in Strones, Waldviertel, Austrian Empire (d. 1903)
1868 Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Architect, designer, and illustrator, born Townhead, Glasgow (d. 1928)
1875 George Simpson-Hayward, English cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 23 wickets @ 18.26; last great underarm bowler), born in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire (d. 1936)
1877Charles Glover Barkla,Physicist(1917 Nobel Prize for Physics for X-ray scattering),b.Widnes, (d.1944)
1899 Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (The Death of the Heart, Encounters), born in Dublin,(d.1973)
1909 Jessica Tandy, British actress (Birds, Cocoon, Batteries Not Included), born in London, (d. 1994)
1928 Dave Bowen, Welsh soccer wing-half (19 caps; Arsenal) and manager (Wales 1964-74; Northampton Town), born in Maesteg, Wales (d. 1995)
1928 David Malcolm Lewis, English historian, expert in Greek Epigraphy, born in London (d. 1994)
1928 Reg Park, Bodybuilder (Mr Universe - 1951, 58, 65), born Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2007)
1928 James Jude, American thoracic surgeon (developed CPR), born in Maple Lake, Minnesota (d. 2015)
1931 Virginia McKenna, British actress (Born Free, Chosen, Lions are Free, Simba), born in Marylebone
1931 Malcolm Morley, English-American painter, born in London (d. 2018)
1938 Ian St John, Scottish soccer forward (21 caps; Motherwell; Liverpool 425 games), manager (Motherwell, Portsmouth) and broadcaster (ITV: Saint and Greavsie), born in Motherwell, (d. 2021)
1940 Tom Jones [Woodward], Welsh pop singer ("What's New, Pussycat?"; "Delilah"), and TV personality (The Voice UK), born in Pontypridd, Wales
1941 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, born in Wells (d. 1972)
1942 Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist, born in Qasr Abu Hadi, Libya
1952 Liam Neeson, Irish-American actor (Schindler's List, Les Miserables), b. Ballymena, County Antrim
1957 Neal Radford, cricketer (Zambia England pace bowler in 3 Tests 1986-88)
1959 Mike Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States (Republican: 2017-) and Governor of Indiana (2013-16), born in Columbus, Indiana
1962 Patrick "Paddy" McAloon, British singer-songwriter (Prefab Sprout - "When Love Breaks Down"), born in Witton Gilbert, Durham, England
1965 Damien Hirst, English artist, born in Bristol, England
1974 Edward "Bear" Grylls, British adventurer, author and TV presenter (Man vs. Wild), born in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland
1981 Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1999, 2002), born in Moscow,
1981 Kevin Kyle, Scottish soccer striker (Scotland 10 caps, Sunderland), born in Stranraer, Wigtownshire
1985 Charlie Simpson, British rocker (Busted; Fightstar), born in Ipswich, Suffolk
1988 Michael Cera, Canadian actor (Arrested Development, Superbad), born in Brampton, Ontario
1993 Jordan Fry, American actor (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), born in Spokane, Washington

On this day in History

555 Vigilius ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1099 1st Crusaders arrive in Jerusalem
1340 Rotterdam Netherlands founded
1413 King Ladislaw of Naples occupies Rome
1420 Troops of the Republic of Venice capture Udine, ends independence of the Patriarchate of Aquileia
1494 Treaty of Tordesillas: Spain and Portugal divide the new world along a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands, off the west coast of Africa
1520 Field of the Cloth of Gold; meeting begins between English Henry VIII and King Francis I of France at Balinghem, France
1527 Pope Clement VII surrenders to Emperor Charles V's armies
1546 England signs Peace of Andres with Scotland/Ireland
1557 England declares war on France
1614 2nd parliament of King James I, dissolves passing no legislation
1628 English King Charles I ratifies the Petition of Rights
1654 Louis XIV crowned King of France (The Sun King)
1665 Great Plague of London: Samuel Pepys writes in his diary of houses marked with a red cross in London's Drury Lane, meaning somebody inside is infected with the plague and must be locked in for 40 days or until death
1672 Battle by Solebay: Dutch admiral M de Ruyter beats French/English fleet
1692 Earthquake in Porte Royale, Jamaica, kills 3,000
1694 English invasion army under Thomas Tollemache reaches Brest
1753 British Museum founded by Act of Parliament with royal assent from King George II (opens 1759)
1769 Frontiersman and Explorer Daniel Boone begins exploring Bluegrass, State of Kentucky
1776 Richard Lee (Virginia) moves Declaration of Independence in Continental Congress
1780 Anti-Catholic riot in London, hundreds die
1788 French peasants stone the Army in Grenbole, an event known as the Day of the Tiles
1798 Jews of Pesaro Italy fast commemorating murder of Jews
1798 Thomas Malthus publishes the first edition of his influential 'Essay on the Principle of Population' (date of the unsigned preface)
1800 David Thompson reaches the mouth of the Saskatchewan River in Manitoba
1832 Asian cholera in Quebec, brought by Irish immigrants, kills about 6,000 people in Lower Canada
1839 Hawaiian Declaration of Rights is signed
1860 Workmen start laying track for Market Street Railroad, San Francisco
1862 Skirmish at Union Church, Virginia (Peninsular)
1862 General B. Butler orders William Mumford hanged after he removed and destroyed US flag on display over New Orleans Mint
1862 The United States and Britain agree to suppress the slave trade
1863 Battle of Milliken's Bend, Lousisiana, President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis' home burnt
1863 Mexico City captured by French troops
1864 Abraham Lincoln renominated for US President by the Republican Party
1866 1,800 Fenian raiders are repelled back to the United States after they loot and plunder around Saint-Armand and Frelighsburg, Quebec
1880 War of the Pacific: The Battle of Arica, assault and capture of Morro de Arica (Arica Cape), that ended the Campaña del Desierto (Desert Campaign).
1887 Monotype type-casting machine patented by Tolbert Lanston, Washington, D.C.
1893 Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi's first act of civil disobedience.
1900 Boer general Christian de Law occupies British rail depot at Roodewal
1905 Norway dissolves union with Sweden (in effect since 1814)
1906 Famous Cunard passenger liner Lusitania launches
1909 Cleveland Industrial Exposition opens
1912 St Pius X encyclical "On Indians of South America"
1912 US army tests 1st machine gun mounted on a plane
1913 1st verifiable ascent of main summit of Denali (Mt McKinley), North America's highest mountain led by Hudson Stuck and Harry Karstens
1917 Melvin Jones and a number of other Chicago businessmen found Lions Clubs International, now the largest service organization in the world
1917 The British detonate mines beneath the German-held Messines Ridge, in the Ypres area
1919 Sette giugno: Riot in Malta; four are killed.
1924 George Leigh-Mallory disappears 775' from Everest's summit. His body discovered on 1 May 1999
1926 Swedish government of Ekman forms
1929 Margaret Bondfield becomes 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour)
1929 Vatican City becomes a sovereign state
1938 Boeing 314 Clipper flying boat 1st flown (Eddie Allen)
1938 The Douglas DC-4E makes its 1st test flight
1939 George VI and Elizabeth become the 1st king and queen of Britain to visit USA
1940 British/French troops evacuate Narvik
1941 Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and Richard L. M. Synge give the first demonstration of partition chromatography (separation of mixtures) at a meeting of the Biochemical Society held at the National Institute for Medical Research, Hampstead
1942 USS Yorktown sinks near Midway Island
1942 Battle of Midway ends: Admiral Chester Nimitz wins 1st World War II naval defeat of Japan
1942 Germany Army marches into Sebastopol, Russia
1942 Japanese troops land on Attu, Aleutian Islands
1944 Canadian 50th Division occupies Bayeux during the Normandy invasion
1944 British forces attack Bréville in France during the Normandy invasion while other British forces attempt to encircle Caen
1946 US Supreme Court bans discrimination in interstate travel
1948 Communist complete takeover of Czechoslovakia; President Bernes resigns
1948 KVP wins Dutch Second-Parliamentary election
1953 Mary Terrell wins struggle to end segregation in Washington, D.C. restaurants
1954 1st microbiology laboratory dedicated (New Brunswick NJ
1955 India Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru visit USSR
1956 Singapore government of Marshall resigns
1958 Battles between Turkish & Greeks Cypriots break out
1962 NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 31,580 m
1965 Gemini 4 completes 62 orbits
1965 Morocco King Hassan suspends constitution, grabs power
1965 The Supreme Court of the United States decides on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples
1967 2 Moby Grape members arrested for contributing to deliquency of minors
1967 Israel captures Wailing Wall in East Jerusalem, Jericho and Bethlehem
1968 Sirhan Sirhan indicted for the assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy
1968 Body of assassinated US Senator Robert F. Kennedy lies in state at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York
1971 Soviet Soyuz 11 crew completes 1st transfer to orbiting Salyut space station
1972 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt visits Israel
1977 Anita Bryant leads successful crusade against Miami gay rights law
1979 52nd National Spelling Bee: Katie Kerwin wins spelling maculature
1979 Bhaskara 1, Indian Earth resources/meteorology satellite, launched
1979 Portugal government of Mota Pinto resigns
1980 Jeff Norman runs world record 50k (2:48:06)
1981 35th Tony Awards: "Amadeus" & "42nd Street" win
1981 Israeli F-15/F-16 destroys alleged Iraqi plutonium production facility
1982 Habres rebel army occupies capital of Chad, N'djamena
1982 US President Ronald Reagan meets Pope John Paul II at Vatican City & later Queen Elizabeth II
1988 Aluminum contaminates Cornwall's water supply
1989 Suriname SLM-173 (DC-8) crashes near Paramaribo Airport killing 173
1990 South African President F. W. de Klerk lifts 4 year state of emergency
1991 Mount Pinatubo (Philippines) erupts for 1st time
1992 NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) launches
1995 The long range Boeing 777 enters service with United Airlines
1997 Cosmos 2344 Proton-K Launch (Russia), Failed
1998 James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime
1998 52nd Tony Awards: "The Lion King" and '"Art" win
2001 Tony Blair's Labour Party wins another landslide victory in the General Election
2001 BP announces that it will build a new $600-million platform offshore Trinidad that is expected to double the company's production of natural gas there by 2004
2006 British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert
2012 16th century archaeology remains of the Curtain Theatre, where some of Shakespeare's plays first performed found under a pub in London
2012 Credit rating agency Fitch downgrades Spain's credit rating to BBB in the wake of international bailout speculation
2012 A bus falls into a ravine in La Paz, Bolivia, killing 16 and injuring 32 people
2013 42 people killed & 30 injured after a bus catches fire in Xiamen, China
2013 18 people killed & 14 injured after a bus plunges off mountain road in Himachel Pradesh, India
2015 69th Tony Awards "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and "Fun Home" win 5 awards
2015 -8 41st G7 summit held in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria
2016 Car bomb attack on a police bus in central Istanbul kills 11
2017 Suicide bombers attack Iranian parliament in Tehran and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini killing 12, 1st Islamic State attacks in Iran
2017 Police warn bald men against attacks in Mozambique after 5 men murdered for the gold believed in their heads
2017 Earliest-ever evidence of Homo Sapiens from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco unearthed by archaeologists published in "Nature", at 300,000 years old
2018 Mars Curiosity Rover finds organic matter, including methane, on Mars in studies published in journal "Science"
2018 Baltimore ex-police sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, head of a rogue police unit sentenced to 25 years for robbery and racketeering
2019 More than four million Venezuelans have left their country since 2015 due to its economic crisis according to the UN
2020 US National Guard pulled out of Washington D.C. and curfew ends in New York as anti-racism protests stay largely peaceful
2020 Black Lives Matter Protests continue worldwide in large numbers, In Bristol statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston pulled down
2020 COVID-19 global death toll passes 400,000 with confirmed cases at 6,973,195 according to Johns Hopkins figures
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Post by Richard Frost » Tue Jun 08 2021 11:16am

8th June 2021
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.
John F. Kennedy

World Oceans Day
66% of the world is covered in a blanket of rich, vibrant blue, from its depths once came all life on the Earth, and it continues to house an immense amount of life. This blanket is the world’s oceans, and they serve as one of the most popular vacation spots in the world and play a vital role in the economy of countries worldwide. Across the briny deep massive amounts of cargo cross each year, and it still serves as the primary thoroughfare for trade. World Oceans Day celebrates the ocean and the important role it plays in our lives.

It’s a time for supporters of the oceans to focus on conversation and sustainability so that they can remain clean and usable. The animals deserve a happy and safe place to roam and live without having to worry about any destruction or man-made obstacles. It’s important to safeguard the oceans to help ensure a healthy home for all. One this day, people can come together to create a space for all to enjoy and appreciate, no matter where each person lives.

Best Friends Day
Life wouldn’t be the same without best friends. They’re the friends that can be counted on to be there at a moment’s notice. The ones who love, laugh, support, and cherish – in both good and bad times.

Friendships are an indestructible bond that join many people together in beautiful ways. Celebrating best friends day is just one of the ways you can acknowledge your awesome sidekick and show them how much you love them.

Take a moment right now to think about that one important person who is there by your side no matter what. They are the person you want to go on vacation with, you turn to them when you are having trouble with relationships and you always want to share secrets with them.

Upsy Daisy Day
Listen, we know it’s early, we know you had a late night, and we know that that bed you’re in is about the coziest thing you can think of ever being in. Getting up and getting going can be a challenge, but with a fresh attitude and a positive outlook on the day, it can make getting up a whole lot easier. A great attitude gets you off to a smooth start, with none of the grumble and drag that normally accompanies your mornings. Upsy Daisy Day is your reminder to greet the day bright and cheerful, and be an Upsy Daisy!

History of Upsy Daisy Day
Stephanie West Allen is the one responsible for this holiday, so if you choose not to be an Upsy Daisy today, and everyone else does? Well, at least you’ll know who to blame for everyone else’s abominably cheerful attitudes. But we can’t really say her position on life doesn’t work! It’s been shown increasingly that your outlook on life is your choice, having a bad day is all in how you respond to what you face. If everything is a reason to get angry and ‘everyone is out to get you’, then you’re going to be perpetuating what you fear.

So on Upsy Daisy Day, just for one day, assume that everything is going to go your way. This doesn’t mean you won’t have your bumps, it just means that when they happen you’ll shrug them off and take a moment to appreciate how little those little setbacks really matter. A bright attitude makes hard tasks easier, it makes things that were once difficult and seemingly impossible become a breeze to manage. It really is all on how you treat the day, and treating it as a glorious, amazing gift rather than a burden you have to make it through is a great start.

Call Your Doctor Day
If you have ever wondered about your family’s history of cancer, then it’s important to check with your doctor about those risks. If you a woman, the risk of breast and ovarian cancer can increase. Thus, gynecologists are a vital profession and help women everywhere understand their body and educate women on what’s normal and what isn’t normal. Call Your Doctor Day is all about the preventative measures you can make to reduce those risks and possibly prevent cancer from ever coming into your life.

A Selection of Birthdays

1625 Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Italian-French mathematician, astronomer and engineer who discovered four of Saturn's moons, born in Perinaldo, Republic of Genova (d. 1712)
1652 William Dampier, English explorer and pirate who was the 1st Englishman to explore parts of Australia and the 1st person to circumnavigate the world 3 times, born in East Coker, Somerset (d.1715)
1724 John Smeaton, British civil engineer, born in Austhorpe, Leeds, England (d. 1792)
1759 Thomas Dunham Whitaker, British topographer, born in Rainham, Norfolk (d. 1821)
1772 Robert Stevenson, Civil engineer (Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland), born in Glasgow, (d.1850)
1814 Charles Reade, English novelist (Cloister & Hearth), born in Ipsden, Oxfordshire (d. 1884)
1821 Samuel White Baker, English explorer (Ceylon & Egypt), born in London, (d. 1893)
1829 John Everett Millais, English painter (Order of Release), born in Southampton, (d. 1896)
1834 George Garrett, English composer, born in Winchester, (d. 1897)
1860 Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician, born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1940)
1866 Hylton Philipson, Cricket wicketkeeper (5 Tests, 11 dismissals), born in Tynemouth, (d. 1935)
1879 Ethel Larcombe, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1912), born in Islington, London (d. 1965)
1894 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech-Russian composer and pianist (Ogelala) who died in a German concentration camp, born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1942)
1903 Ronald Shiner, Actor (Dry Rot, Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara), b. London, (d.1966)
1905 Brian Coffey, Irish poet (Avent), born in Dublin (d. 1995)
1912 Ian Morrow, British company director, best known for saving Rolls Royce (d. 2006)
1916 Francis Crick, Molecular biologist who co-discovered DNA's structure and 1962 Nobel laureate, born Northampton, (d. 2004)
1921 Alwyn Williams, Welsh geologist and Vice-Chancellor (University of Glasgow), born in Aberdare, Wales (d. 2004)
1923 Alice Coleman, geographer (UK Land Use Survey)
1930 Michael Codron, British theatrical producer, born in London
1931 June Thorburn, Actress (Touch & Go, Children Galore), born Karachi, British India (d. 1967)
1932 Ray Illingworth CBE, English cricket captain and spin bowler (61 Tests; 122 wickets, 1,836 runs @ 23.24; Yorkshire, Leicestershire), born in Pudsey, England
1933 Joan Rivers, American comedian and actress (Late Show, Hollywood Squares), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
1934 Millicent Martin, English actress (Alfie, Nothing but the Best), born in Romford, Essex
1937 Norma Shaw, English lawn bowler (World Outdoor C'ship gold 1981; Indoor C'ship gold 1997), born in Wakefield, (d. 2009)
1940 Nancy Sinatra, American singer ("These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"; "Something Stupid"), and daughter of Frank Sinatra, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
1942 Doug Mountjoy, Welsh snooker player (Masters 1977; Pot Black 1978, 85; UK C'ship 1988, World C'ship 1981 runner-up), born in Gelligaer, Wales (d. 2021)
1943 Colin Baker, English actor (Sixth Doctor in Doctor Who, Swallows & Amazons), born in London
1945 Derek Underwood, England cricket spin bowler (86 Tests, 297 wickets @ 25.83), born in Bromley,
1947 Julie Driscoll, English rocker and actress (33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee), born in London
1947 Mick Box, British rock guitarist (Uriah Heep), born in Walthamstow, East London, England
1947 Annie Haslam, British art-rock singer-songwriter (Renaissance - "Carpet Of The Sun"; "Mother Russia") and painter, born in Bolton
1951 Bonnie Tyler [Gaynor Hopkins],Welsh rocker("Total Eclipse Of The Heart"),b. Skewen, Neath, Wales
1955 Computer Scientist Tim Berners-Lee, English inventor (World Wide Web), born in London,
1958 Michael "Jakko" Jakszyk [Curran], British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Level 42, 1991-94; King Crimson, 2010-present), producer, and actor, born in Archway, London
1960 Mick Hucknall, Singer-songwriter (Simply Red "If You Don't Know Me by Now"), b. Manchester
1962 Nick Rhodes [Bates], Keyboard (Duran Duran-"Hungry Like the Wolf"), born in Moseley, Birmingham
1966 Doris Pearson, Pop and disco singer (Five Star - "Can't Wait Another Minute"), b. London
1967 Neil Mitchell, Scottish rock keyboardist (Wet Wet Wet - "Good Night Gir"; "Love Is All Around"), born Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire.
1977 Kanye West, American rapper and record producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
1989 Gary Wilson, Scottish Musician

Today in British history

793 Vikings in long ships from modern-day Norway plunder St Cuthbert's monastery on Lindisfarne Island, off the northeast coast of England
1191 King Richard I arrives at Acre in modern day Israel to join the Siege of Acre during Third Crusade
1405 Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York & Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk, executed in York on King Henry IV's orders
1663 Battle at Amegical: English & Portuguese fleet beats Spanish
1694 English troops attack Brest (300 killed)
1761 British fleet occupies Belle Île off the Brittany Coast
1779 Admiral Horatio Nelson and Captain Thomas Hardy on HMS Foudroyant set sail against Spanish fleet
1812 Robert Jenkinson becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after Spencer Perceval's assassination
1846 Battle at Gwanga: British troops beat Bantu
1886 First Home Rule Bill for Ireland defeated by 343 votes to 313 in the British House of Common
1940 Last British troops leave Narvik, Norway
1961 English prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley
1968 Bermuda adopts its constitution
1968 New colonial constitution for Bermuda adopted
1969 General Franco closes Spain's frontier with Gibraltar
1971 General Officer Commanding the British Army Harry Tuzo, then claims that a permanent military solution to the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland could not be achieved
1982 US President Ronald Reagan addresses the British Parliament in his "ash heap of history" speech
1996 Revival of the legendary procession of Lady Godiva (Godgifu) naked through Coventry, England
2017 British General Election results in a hung parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservative party lose their majority

Deaths in History

1042 Harthacnut/Harthacanute, King of Denmark and England (b. 1018) Lambeth
1376 Edward the Black Prince, English knight and heir to King Edward III, dies of dysentery at 46
1383 Thomas de Ros, 5th Baron de Ros, English Crusader (b. 1338)
1476 George Neville, English archbishop and statesman
1771 George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, English statesman, dies at 54
1809 Thomas Paine, English American writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72
1857 Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)
1865 Joseph Paxton, English architect, gardener and MP (Crystal Palace), dies at 61
1889 Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet (Windhover), dies at 54
1924 Andrew Irvine, English mountain climber (climbing accident) (b. 1902)
1924 George Mallory, English mountain climber ("because it is there"), dies in a climbing accident at 37
2016 Michael Manser, English architect, dies at 87

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Post by Richard Frost » Wed Jun 09 2021 11:02am

9th June 2021

Rosé Day
If you’re a fan of wine, you’re sure to know that a Red Wine is one that takes a great deal of its colour from the grapes, whereas a white wine contains only elements from the juice of the grape itself. But what is this mysterious rosé wine we often hear about? Rosé Wine Day is your chance to learn the difference and just how fantastic the result is. Want it? Rosé wine is the wine that contains only some of the colour of the grape skins but lacks the rich and robust colour of red wine.

Learn about Rosé Wine Day
Most people would probably agree that the best way to learn about Rosé Wine Day is to crack open a bottle! But before the wine gets into your system, let us tell you a little bit more about this delicious drink. Rosé Wine Day is the perfect excuse for fans of Rosé to not only enjoy a glass of their favourite wine but to unite with others who enjoy the drink as well. You can make recommendations regarding your favourite types of Rosé, as well as sharing Rosé cocktail recipes and such like. It’s a day of sheer enjoyment and celebration. What’s not to like?

There are many different techniques that are used to make delicious Rosé wine. One of the most popular approaches involves red grape varieties being pressed early; typically only around 12-24 hours after maceration. During the process of maceration, phenolics, such as tannins and anthocyanins, which contribute a lot of flavour and colour components that are leached from the stems, seeds, and skins that are left in contact with the must.

Most red wines will have a maceration that lasts at least several days. In some cases, this process can last as long as several weeks. With Rosé, the maceration period is very limited, and that is the key difference. This is why the colour is less stable, and it is also why a lot of the Rosés on the market have been designed so that they are consumed soon after release. Of course, this is just one technique when it comes to making Rosé, yet it is undoubtedly the most popular one.

Donald Duck Day
Donald Duck is one of the most iconic characters of the Disney franchise and has, for multiple generations, been one of the hallmarks of childhood and innocence. Also, of rage driven spite filled incoherent rambling while spraying the area around you like a sprinkler in high summer. There was something in his tendency to fly completely off the handle and rail at the slightest provocation that touched a part of us all. Everyone had times when they’ve just had enough, and Donald gave us the perfect way to respond. By raging incoherently while stamping our feet. It pays to lose your cool once in a while.

Donald Duck may spark a plethora of childhood memories too, the unique voice known as pseudobulbar dysarthria may resonate in your mind and take you back to the old age times where you were tried and tried to emulate that voice with your friends, perhaps you still do! 😉 He certainly does deserve to be celebrated and there is at least seventy years of joy that this duck has brought to the world, what is your first memory of Donald Duck?

History of Donald Duck Day
Donald first appeared to us in a 1934 film called The Wise Little Hen, a retelling of the original little red hen story. Throughout Donald is repeatedly asked to help plant the corn, and harvest the corn, each time finding him claiming some form of ailment that prevents him from participating. If you’ve seen this episode or read The Little Red Hen. Unlike that parable, The Wise Little Hen took a more direct approach to showing her displeasure. She told Donald she’d cure him of his ailment so he could eat the corn… and gave him castor oil.

While that was his first appearance, the angry rage filled Donald we came to know and love didn’t really show up until Orphan’s Benefit, and it was also then that his relationship with Mickey was formed. Since then he has gone on to appear in video games, episodes of cartoons, and stands out as the Disney character who has appeared in the most films to date, outstripping even Disney Mascot Mickey Mouse. Apparently, there’s something about a rage-filled duck we just can’t get enough of.

Donald Duck is a character that we still see popping up everywhere, and yes, he is still one of the beloved characters that we see waddling around at Disneyworld. This lovable duck has carved a special place in our hearts and he is certainly a character that we will never forget. His iconic yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet and his famous sailor shirt and cap with a bow tie has been a beacon of innocence for children everywhere. Let’s not forget though, that Disney characters and movies become even more appealing to adults, once we are old enough to grasp the actual intentions of the stories and the morals behind them, it makes them even more wonderful.

Donald Duck has also made history, yes that’s right, this duck is not just any duck, he was named in TV Guide‘s list of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time! Now that’s quite a big achievement for a little duck, isn’t it?

A selection of Birthdays

1768 Samuel Slater, English-American industrialist who brought the textile industrial revolution to America, born in Belper, Derbyshire, (d. 1836)
1781 George Stephenson, English engineer known as the "Father of Railways" (Locomotion No. 1, Standard Gauge), born in Newcastle,
1836 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, 1st qualified woman physician in Britain, first woman mayor (Aldeburgh), born in London (d. 1917)
1875 Henry Dale, Physiologist (Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology 1936), born london, (d. 1968)
1879 Dudley Digges, Irish actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, The Invisible Man), born Dublin, (d. 1947)
1890 Leslie Banks, Actor and director (Jamaica Inn, 48 Hours), born in Liverpool, (d. 1952)
1891 Cole Porter, American composer & lyricist (Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate), b. Peru, Indiana (d. 1964)
1893 Samuel N. Behrman, American screenwriter (Tale of 2 Cities, Daddy Long Legs), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1973)
1911 George Webb, British actor (Keeping Up Appearances), born in Paddington, (d. 1998)
1912 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born Cardiganshire (d. 2007)
1913 Patrick Steptoe, English scientist (developed in vitro fertilization), born Oxford, (d. 1988)
1924 Peter Heatly, Diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, b. Leith, (d. 2015)
1924 Anthony "Tony" Britton, British actor (Day of Jackal, Girl in my Soup), born Birmingham,
1934 Donald Duck, famous fowl
1936 Mick O'Dwyer, Gaelic footballer and manager, born in Waterville, Ireland
1939 David Hobbs, British racing driver, born in Royal Leamington Spa, England
1941 Billy Hatton, Rock bassist (The Fourmost - "A Little Loving"), born Liverpool, (d. 2017)
1941 Jon Lord, Keyboardist (Deep Purple-"Smoke On The Water"; Whitesnake), b. Leicester, (d. 2012)
1942 Richard Hutton, English cricketer (son of Len, 5 Tests 1971), born Pudsey,
1943 Charles Saatchi, Iraqi English magnate (founded advertising company Saatchi & Saatchi), born Baghdad, Iraq
1949 Francis Monkman, Film composer/musician/songwriter (Curved Air, Sky), b. Hampstead,London
1950 Trevor Bolder, Rock bassist (The Spiders From Mars; Uriah Heep, 1976-2013), & record producer, born Kingston upon Hull, (d. 2013)
1954 Pete Byrne Bath, Rocker (Naked Eyes), born in Bath, Somerset
1961 Michael J. Fox, Canadian actor, author, comedian and activist (Family Ties, Back to the Future, Teen Wolf), born in Edmonton, Alberta
1962 Eddie Lundon, Rock guitarist/singer/songwriter (China Crisis-"Wishful Thinking") b. Kirby Liverpool
1963 Johnny Depp, American actor (21 Jump Street, Pirates of the Caribbean), b.Owensboro, Kentucky
1978 Matthew Bellamy, British musician (Muse), born in Cambridge, England
1981 Natalie Portman [Neta-Lee Hershlag], Israeli-American actress (V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Star Wars), born in Jerusalem, Israel
1981 Anoushka Shankar, British-Indian sitar player/composer, daughter of Ravi Shankar, born London,

On this day in British History

1549 Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England
1752 French army surrenders to the British in Trichinopoly, India
1789 Spanish capture British schooner Northwest America near Vancouver Island
1803 British explorer Matthew Flinders arrives in Sydney becoming the first person to circumnavigate Australia, proving it is one continent
1898 China leases Hong Kong's new territories to the United Kingdom for 99 years
1908 King Edward VII visits Tsar Nicholas II at Reval, Russia, where the two discuss the growing power of Germany and British plans for reform in Macedonia
1915 US President Woodrow Wilson sends 2nd Lusitania note to Germany protesting sinking of the Lusitania and refuting German claim British blockade illegal
1940 General Charles de Gaulle's 1st meeting with Winston Churchill
1958 HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex,
1977 Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain celebrated with fireworks
1983 Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election

Weddings in History

1936 Novelist & journalist George Orwell (33) weds Eileen Maud O'Shaugnessy (30) at St. Mary's Church

Deaths in History

597 Saint Columba, Irish Christian missionary to Scotland, dies at 75
1563 William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, English statesman (b. 1506)
1681 William Lilly, English astrologer (Christian Astrology), dies at 79
1868 James Brooke, British adventurer & 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), dies of a stroke at 65
1870 Charles Dickens, Writer (Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol), dies of stroke (58)
1871 Anna Atkins, English botanist, photographer and the 1st person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images, dies of paralysis, rheumatism, & exhaustion at 72
1901 Walter Besant, English writer and philanthropist (Rebel Queen), dies at 64
1993 Ian Mikardo, British politician, dies
2013 Iain Banks, Scottish author, dies from gallbladder cancer at 59
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Wait, Bonnie Tyler is 70?!
That’s a heartache.
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I missed Tom Jones’ Birthday, That’s not unusual.
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Post by Richard Frost » Thu Jun 10 2021 10:35am

10th June 2021

ASCENSION DAY (40th day after Easter) Christian (Orthodox Churches)
This day commemorates the last earthly appearance of the Risen Christ, who, according to Christian belief, ascended into heaven in the presence of many witnesses.

Iced Tea Day
When it comes to quenching thirst and being refreshed on a hot summer’s day, there are a lot of things you can choose from. Many will crack open a beer or a bottle of wine, but how about sampling some gorgeous iced tea. There are a lot of things you need to keep in mind when it comes to trying this delicious beverage. In fact, there is even an Iced Tea Day, solely dedicated to the discovery and enjoyment of all things iced tea related; try to ensure you make the most of this as much as you can right now.

Jerky Day
For thousands of years, most civilizations in the human race have gained the benefits of consuming a diet that contains meat. Combine the amount of protein with the added fat and nutrients, and meat gives people the fuel they need to grow their brains, heal their bodies, and survive the long, cold winters.

One problem people have always faced with meat is that it will inevitably, sometimes very quickly, go bad. Jerky Day celebrates one of the processes by which people have created a way for meat to last and be saved for the long months. Not only that, but it’s much easier to carry around–and all without losing its delicious flavor!

Ball Point Pen Day
In June of 1943 the Bíró brothers, László and György, became owners of US Patent 2,390,636 – better known around the world as the ball point pen. The Hungarian inventors’ new pen, inspired by the quick-drying inks used by professional printers, was as remarkable as the first fountain pen had been the century before. Ball Point Pen Day celebrates these intrepid inventors, and the often indelible mark they’ve left on the world at large.

Nowadays, their invention is the ultimate cheap and disposable product – writer Douglas Adams even imagined a planet containing all the lost ball point pens in the universe. Yet it was once a luxury product, available only to the rich. Ball Point Pen Day is a time to appreciate this rarest of things: a design classic that is affordable to almost everyone. They come in an incredible array of styles and designs, and a unique pen that suits the individual is available to people from every income level.

At their most expensive, ball point pens have come to represent the final stroke on a business deal, and it is not uncommon to find one in any given purse or portfolio. Signing a receipt for your purchase? You’re probably using a ball point pen. Need to fill out a check to pay for your utilities? Again, it’s probably a ballpoint pen you’re using to sign over the money.

Some of the most expensive ballpoint pens are made from carefully designed metal tubes, they even come in gold and silver! Not all ball point pens are disposable, some of them are refillable, just like the fountain pens. No matter how you look at it, the ball point pen has made an incredible mark on history and is part of every business in the world these days

Farm Workers Day
Farm Workers Day is a day to celebrate and be grateful for all the hard work that farmers do to keep fresh food coming. Vegetables, meat, herbs – the staples of your grocery bag all started out on a farm. It’s sometimes hard for us to remember how lucky we are to have access to fresh produce, and we are somewhat disconnected from the roots – literally – of our food when we see it all packaged up in the supermarkets. On Farm Workers Day, we are reminded to thank farmers for making it all possible.

Farming and agriculture have been a huge part of keeping humanity thriving since we were intelligent enough to cultivate food. In fact, the act of farming has been traced back to way back in the Neolithic era. As far as we know, the first society to actively engage in farming on a larger scale was the Sumerians, who had a labour force specializing in farming. They also constructed irrigation methods to grow their crops and had a strict harvesting pattern across the year.

Farm workers are those in the fields, picking crops and looking after animals. With the advances in technology, specifically in farming, in the last century or so farm workers have found their work becoming even more specialized. When we talk about a farmworker, this can have quite a broad meaning. It could mean someone hired by a farm to take part in any activities on the farm, but it can also mean someone who is hired solely to be involved in the production – such as harvesting. Working outside for long periods in all kinds of climates, and the bending and crouching needed for harvesting – not to mention the dangers of using farm machinery and being around some big and easily riled animals – can be very tough on farmworkers. Farm Workers Day is about thanking farmworkers for their hard work.

A Selection of Birthdays

1688 James Francis Edward Stuart "The old Pretender", Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland after the death of his father James II, born in St James's Palace, London, (d. 1766)
1710 James Short, Scottish mathematician & manufacturer of telescopes, born in Edinburgh (d. 1768)
1713 Princess Caroline Elizabeth, fourth child & third daughter of King George II & his wife Caroline of Ansbach, born in Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover (d. 1757)
1803 Henry Darcy, French hydraulic engineer (Darcy's Law), born in Dijon, France (d. 1858)
1832 Edwin Arnold, English writer (The Light of Asia), born in Gravesend, Kent (d. 1904)
1884 Leone Sextus Tollemache, British Army captain who was incorrectly alleged to have the longest English surname on record (Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache), born in Lincolnshire, (d. 1917)
1890 Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Hell to Eternity), born in Minamibōsō, Chiba, Japan (d. 1973)
1910 Robert Still, English composer, born in London (d. 1971)
1911 Terence Rattigan, British playwright (Winslow Boy, Browning Version), born in London (d. 1977)
1912 William Gordon Harris, British civil engineer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2005)
1916 Bill Waddington, British actor/comedian (Percy-Coronation Street)
1918 Herbert "Barry" Morse, British-Canadian actor (The Fugitive, Space: 1999, Winds of War), born in Shoreditch, London (d. 2008)
1919 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (d. 2006)
1921 Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh and consort of Great Britain's Elizabeth II, born in Mon Repos, Corfu, (d. 2021)
1922 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], American actress (The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Easter Parade), and singer ("Over The Rainbow"), born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota (d. 1969)
1925 Don Costa, American composer (Hello, Dolly!) and record producer (Sinatra and Strings, My Way), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
1926 Lionel Jeffries, Actor (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Camelot), born Forest Hill, London (d. 2010)
1932 Branko Lustig, Croatian film producer (Schindler's List; Gladiator), born in Osijek, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now Croatia) (d. 2019)
1943 Simon Jenkins, British author & newspaper editor (Evening Standard, The Times), b.Birmingham,
1949 John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
1957 Lindsay Hoyle, Politician (House of Commons Speaker)
1964 Ben Daniels, Actor. His diverse film work includes the religious fanatic "Goat" in Doom (2005); "Leopold the Tutor" in Daisy von Scherler Mayer's Madeline (1998); neo-hippy "Tony" in Beautiful Thing (1996); "DJ Bob" in Michael Winterbottom's I Want You (1998); "Augustin Robert", the soldier who falls in love with a leopard, in Passion in the Desert (1997), the sadistic "Danny" in Noli's disturbing Married/Unmarried (2001) and the also excellent Luna (2014),
1965 Elizabeth Hurley, English actress (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Christabel) and model, born in Basingstoke
1966 David Platt, English footballer
1967 Emma Anderson, British guitarist and songwriter (Lush, Sing-Sing)
1981 Burton O'Brien, Scottish footballer
1990 Louis Clark, British Isthmian League footballer (Worthing), born in Brighton

On this day in British History

1540 Thomas Cromwell arrested in Westminster
1720 Mrs Clements of England markets first paste-style mustard
1768 British customs officials seize John Hancock's ship, "The Liberty", on the suspicion that Hancock had illegally unloaded cargo without paying duties a month earlier
1772 Burning of British revenue cutter Gaspée by Rhode Islanders
1846 Robert Thomson obtains an English patent on a rubber tyre
1857 Britain passes an act putting Canada on the decimal currency system
1908 Australian Parliament passes the Invalid & Old Age Pensions Act providing pensions for British subjects (excluding aborigines) at age 65
1915 British/French troops conquer German colony of Cameroon
1940 Italy declares war on France and Great Britain as part of its Axis alliance with Nazi Germany
2002 The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.

Northern ireland

1889 88 people are killed in the Armagh rail disaster, Ireland.
1914 A shipment of 35,000 rifles and 5 million rounds of ammunition are landed at Larne for the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF, an Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in Northern Ireland
1921-05-24 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected

Scotland

1034-11-25 Malcolm II, King of Scots (Máel Coluim mac Cináeda) (b. 980) dies; Donnchad, the son of his second daughter Bethóc and Crínán of Dunkeld, inherits the throne.

Wales

1282 Llywelyn ab Gruffydd/Llywelyn the Last, last native Prince of Wales is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, South Wales. Reigned from 1259.
1283 Dafydd ap Gruffydd, Prince of Gwynedd, Wales, becomes the first person executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered
1284 Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England

Deaths in History

1552 Alexander Barclay, English poet
1560 Mary of Guise [Mary of Lorraine], pro-French Queen of Scots (1538-42) and Regent of Scotland (1554-60), dies of dropsy at 44
1607 John Popham, English politician
1727 George Ludwig, German monarch of Hannover, King of England, dies at 67
1735 Thomas Hearne, English antiquarian (b. 1678)
1896 Amelia Dyer, English murderer of 300 infants, hanged at Newgate Prison, London (b. 1829)
1901 Robert Williams Buchanan, British dramatist (b. 1841)
1942 Stanley Lupino, English comic (Cheer Up, Over She Goes), dies at 48
1974 Henry WFA, English duke of Gloucester, baron Culloden, dies at 74
1996 Norman Lambert, British restaurateur, dies at 63 (b. 1933)
1998 Hammond Innes, English author (b. 1914)
2003 Bernard Williams, English moral philosopher, dies at 73
2003 Dr Phil Williams, Welsh politician and scientist (b. 1939)
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Post by macliam » Thu Jun 10 2021 5:24pm

10th June - Portuguese National Day (Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas)

It commemorates the death, in 1580, of Luis de Camões, Portugal's equivalent to Shakespeare who wrote Os Lusíadas (the Lusitanians), an epic poem celebrating Portugal's history and achievements. Camões was an adventurer who travelled the known world, lost an eye fighting in the invasion of Ceuta and survived a shipwreck in Cochin China (present-day Vietnam).

It's also the aniversary of the death of Frank Ryan, whose life reads like a film script - and who was the basis for Liam Devlin in "The Eagle Has Landed). Born in Co. Limerick in 1902, he was a veteran of the Anglo-Irish war and an anti-treaty irregular in the Irish Civil War. Then, in 1936, he led 80 volunteers to fight against Franco in the Spanish Civil War. He was eventually captured and handed over to the Nazis, who used him as an Abwehr "asset" until his death from Pleurisy in 1944 (see "here")

Oh, it's also my 33rd anniversary, as if I could forget. (Hard to type with one arm in a sling....... :roll:)

What a year that was.... Piper Alpha and Lockerbie - well, they do say things come in threes..... :shifty:
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Post by Richard Frost » Fri Jun 11 2021 10:13am

11th June 2021

Yarn Bombing Day
They’re showing up everywhere, like some kind of psychedelically colourful mushroom that grows sock-like over surfaces like trees and scaffolding and even bike racks. Somewhere, somehow, these normal everyday objects have suddenly become ensconced in an odd woolly growth in amazing patterns.

The skill varies widely from incredibly new to fantastically intricate, the thickness of the yarn from pencil-lead thin to thick as the pencil itself. Yarn Bombing Day is when fibre-freaks from around the world go on a knitting rampage to embrace the world in warm fuzzy comfort. Grab your needles and go forth noble kneedler, and stitch!

Learn about Yarn Bombing Day
To understand Yarn Bombing Day, we first need to take a look at what yarn bombing is. It is sometimes referred to as guerrilla knitting or yarnstorming. No matter what you call it, it is simply the practice of knitted works of art being added to public places. For example, a yarn bomber may design some sort of colourful knitted pattern and wrap it around a bus stop. The aim of this practice was to try and take knitting from something that was viewed as merely for creating clothes and hats to something that could add meaning and colour to urban locations.

It’s not like standard graffiti where the point is to mark your territory. It’s also definitely not an act of vandalizing. It is about creating a sense of belonging and conveying meaning, as well as drawing attention to something that is ignored by most people. Yarn Bombing Day, therefore, is simply a celebration of this tradition, raising awareness of the art of crochet and knitting while having a lot of fun in the process.

History of Yarn Bombing Day
Ironically Yarn Bombing Day started as a simple gimmick at a sewing boutique, as part of their style and personality they knitted a sleeve for their door handle, and from there it spread like the mycorrhizal life form we mentioned above (That’s mushroom folks, most fungi… listen this isn’t a botany class, trust us, it’s shroom-like).

From there it started spreading to cover telephone poles, put colourful socks on statues, and bike racks, even trees have received a warm and lovely sleeve to see them through the cold winter months. The first-ever Yarn Bombing Day actually took place on the 11th of June 2011, and it has been going strong ever since!

It’s all done in the spirit of beautification and fun, bringing a fantastically colourful display to urban areas around the world. It’s not even seen as graffiti by most people in the area, but rather an entirely acceptable and attractive form of urban art. And it’s little surprise, with all the amazing patterns that can come out of a knitter’s craft, and the warm and comfortable nature of the fabric. Of course, they don’t use wool because some people are allergic, but it’s still a fantastic time!

Corn On The Cob Day
In the height of summer, under a cornflower blue sky filled with cotton-ball clouds, the smell of grilled meat fills the air. Children are laughing and playing in the creek, and the adults are setting up the picnic tables with checked table cloths, red solo cups and paper plates.

In the middle of the table sits a giant bowl covered with a layer of aluminium foil, with steam gently escaping from around the edges, rich with the smell of fabulous, buttery corn on the cob.

Corn on the Cob Day celebrates events like these, whether held outdoors or indoors. It reminisces about the gathering of family around one of the sweetest healthy cookout treats that is available throughout the summer.

German Chocolate Cake Day

Doesn’t just about everyone love chocolate? What about a chocolate cake?

Certainly, there are many people who believe that there is nothing in the world that isn’t made better when it is put into the form of a cake! If that’s the case, then, this is the perfect opportunity to get it right by diving into a lush, creamy cake that melts in your mouth. A combination of rich chocolate cake that is mixed with fruit, and covered in frosting that makes a sweet tooth want to weep just from looking at it: this is the masterpiece that is the German Chocolate Cake. While there are definitely a variety of ways to enjoy chocolate, the German Chocolate Cake is a masterpiece of baking and has been since its invention.

German Chocolate Cake Day is the perfect excuse to learn to appreciate and enjoy this incredible and delicious dessert!

A Selection of Birthdays

1430 Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond and patriarch of the Tudor Dynasty, born in Much Hadham Palace, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1456)
1456 Anne Neville, Queen, wife of Richard III, born Warwick Castle, Warwickshire (d. 1485)
1540 Barnabe Googe, English poet, born in Alvingham, Lincolnshire (d. 1594)
1572 Ben Jonson, English playwright and poet (Volpone, Alchemist), born in London (d. 1637)
1588 George Wither, English writer (Abuses Stript and Whipt), born in Hampshire, (d. 1667)
1696 Francis Edward James Keith, Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal, born in Inverugie Castle, Scotland (d. 1758)
1713 Edward Capell, English critic, born in Troston Hall, Suffolk, England (d. 1781)
1776 John Constable, Landscape painter (Hay Wain), born in East Bergholt, Suffolk, (d. 1837)
1815 Julia Margaret Cameron, English photographer, born in Calcutta, India (d. 1879)
1847 Millicent Fawcett, English leader of women's rights, born in London (d. 1929)
1864 Richard Strauss, German composer (Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1949)
1886 Lillian Fontaine, British actress (Suddenly it's Spring), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 1975)
1892 Edward Shanks, British poet and critic, born in London, England (d. 1953)
1904 Daphne Fielding, British socialite and writer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1997)
1910 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanic explorer (Calypso), born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, France (d. 1997)
1912 Mary Lavin, Irish author (Tales from Bective Bridge), born in East Walpole, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
1914 Jack Mann, British fighter pilot and hostage, kidnapped by Islamists in Lebanon in May 1989, born in Northampton, (d. 1995)
1915 David Kindersley, Stone letter-carver & typeface designer, born Codicote, Herts, (d. 1995)
1917 James Bostock, English wood engraver and artist, born in Hanley, Staffs. (d. 2006)
1919 Richard Todd, Irish-born British actor (Dorian Gray, Assassin Yangtse Incident), b. Dublin (d. 2009)
1921 Michael Meyer, English novelist and translator, born in London (d. 2000)
1926 John Aspinall, English zoo owner (Howletts; Port Lympne), & gambling club host, born Delhi, British India (d. 2000)
1927 Beryl Grey, English prima ballerina, born in Highgate, London
1934 Lady Annabel Goldsmith, English socialite, born in Westminster, London
1936 Bryan Ingham, English artist, born in Preston, Lancashire (d. 1997)
1939 Jackie Stewart, Scottish auto racer, analyst (27 Grand Prix wins, World F1 'ship 1969, 71, 73), born in Milton, Scotland
1939 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket batter and captain (22 Tests, 23 ODOs; captain winning England team in inaugural Women's World Cup 1973), businesswoman and philanthropist, born in Wolverhampton, (d. 2017)
1946 Jenny Pitman, British racehorse trainer and 1st female Grand National winning trainer, born in Hoby, Leicestershire
1948 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), born in London (d. 2014)
1949 Tom Pryce, British racing driver, born in Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 1977)
1955 Tony Allcock, Bowls player (World Singles Champion (1986-87, 2002), born Leics.
1958 Kevin Wilkinson, English drummer (The Waterboys), born Stoke-on-Trent, (d. 1999)
1959 Hugh Laurie, English actor (Strapless, Dr Gregory House-House), born in Oxford, England
1968 Sophie Okonedo, English actress (Hotel Rwanda), born in London
1969 Peter Dinklage, American actor (Games of Thrones), born in Morristown, New Jersey
1984 Andy Lee, Irish boxer, born in Bow, London, England

On this day in British History

1578 England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore and colonize North America
1690 English king William III departs to Ireland
1699 England, France & Netherlands agree on 2nd Extermination Treaty of Spain
1770 Captain James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia
1788 1st British ship built on Pacific coast begun at Nootka Sound, BC
1837 The Broad Street Riot in Boston, fuelled by ethnic tensions between English & Irish-Americans
1900 -12] Battle at Diamond Hill: British troops chase General Botha
1900 David Beatty and 150 men from HMS Barfleur land as part of a force of 2,400 defending Tientsin from 15,000 Chinese troops plus Boxers
1936 International Surrealist Exhibition opens in London, England
1939 King and Queen of England taste 1st "hot dogs" at US President Franklin D. Roosevelt party
1940 British Premier Winston Churchill flies to Orleans
1940 World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy
1943 British invades Pantelleria (a tiny island south of Sicily)
1959 Saunders-Roe SR.N1, the first practical hovercraft, performs its first public flight
1959 Postmaster General bans D H Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover (overruled by US Court of Appeals in Mar 1960)
1976 Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain
1987 Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term

Scottish History

1488 Battle of Sauchieburn, rebellion against the Scottish crown results in death of King James III
1696 Francis Edward James Keith, Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal, born in Inverugie Castle, Scotland (d. 1758)
1488 James III, King of Scots (1460-88), killed in battle or assassinated soon after at Milltown near Bannockburn at 36

Welsh History

1606-11-12 St. Nicholas Owen (martyr), one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

Weddings in History

1509 King Henry VIII marries first wife Catherine of Aragon (23), widow of his brother Arthur
2011 Recording artist Lily Allen (26) weds Sam Cooper (32) at St. James The Great church in Gloucestershire,

Deaths in History

1183 Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (b. 1155)
1488 James III, King of Scots (1460-88), killed in battle or assassinated soon after at Milltown near Bannockburn at 36
1560 Marie Guise, Queen consort of Scotland upon her marriage to King James V of Scotland in 1538, dies at 44
1727 George I, King of England (1714-27), dies of a stroke at 67
1796 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer and Member of Parliament, dies at 75
1828 Dugald Stewart, Scottish philosopher and mathematician (Scottish common sense), dies at 74
1847 John Franklin, English rear admiral and explorer (Arctic), dies at 61
1937 R. J. (Reginald Joseph) Mitchell, British aircraft designer (b. 1895)
1993 Muriel C. Bradbrook, English writer (Rise of Common Player), dies at 84
1998 Catherine Cookson, English novelist (Bannaman Legacy), dies at 91
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