Never one to let a good idea go to waste1, I would like to reintroduce to
h2g2 'On This Day In
History', slightly tweaked into a new,
shiny format. The lovely Italix had the presence of
mind to drop a number of pages where people could
leave their fun-filled facts. Why not pop over and
drop a suggestion. It may well find its way onto the
Napoleon's invasion of Russia begins, as the Emperor
crosses the Niemen.
Harry Houdini frees himself from a straitjacket while
suspended 12m (40ft) above the ground and upside down,
in New York City.
Birthday of Anne Frank. The young German Jewish
girl’s diary was published in 1947. She lived in
hiding from the Nazis with her family in Amsterdam for
two years. She died at age 16 in a concentration camp.
C Jackson2 discovers asteroid
During the Trooping of the Colour, a teenager fired 6
blanks at Queen Elizabeth II.
Birthday of the twins Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen. Hit
the TV screens at 9 months, and since then have
diversified onto the screen and even made records.
The official removal of the Berlin Wall begins.
The Continental Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes
as the national flag of America. It is remembered as
Flag Day, a patriotic day in which flags should be
displayed across the nation.
Robert Bunsen invents a gas burner. It goes on to be
used in many schools throughout the land, and causes
chaos to teachers everywhere.
German forces occupy Paris during WWII.
Bambi is released by Walt Disney.
Premiere of the TV programme Mr. Ed.
Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm,
proving that lightning is electricity. He later
invents the lightning rod.
Publication of Anne Frank’s diary.
Lisa the Freak
Mary Queen of Scots locked up in Lochleven Castle
prison, after surrendering to her Protestant Lords at
Carberry Hill, near Edinburgh.
Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.
She orbited the Earth 48 times in the Soviet
spacecraft Vostok 6 during a 70-hour, 50-minute trip.
Birthday of Stan Laurel. One half of the comedy duo
Laurel and Hardy.
Birthday of Igor Stravinsky. Russian composer, born in
Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg. Renowned
particularly for the ballet scores The Firebird
(performed 1910), Petrushka (1911), The Rite
of Spring (1913) and Orpheus (1947).
The Statue of Liberty reaches New York City on the
French ship Isere.
MS DOS 4.0 is released by Microsoft.
5 Canterbury monks report explosion on the moon. It is
believed to be the time of origin of the lunar crater
Birthday of James Paul McCartney in Liverpool, UK.
Among other things, he was one quarter of The Beatles
and formed the band Wings.
The premiere of the Blues Brothers, starring
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.
at least not to mind too much after being told that I
am merely resurrecting a fabulous idea that Abi and Peta had over three
years ago!2And I did spend 20 minutes trying
to find his first name!3Of Robin Hood Fame.