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
Birth date of Nikola Tesla. The Serbian-American
inventor, electrical engineer, and scientist developed
over 700 patents, including wireless communication,
radio, fluorescent lights and the alternating
The first parking meters were installed in Britain.
The honour was given to Mayfair, London and 625 meters
were put in position.
Mel Blanc dies, aged 81. Immortalised as the voice of
many cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny, Porky
Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylvester. He also
provided sound effects for many programmes, including
The Jack Benny Show.
Birth date of Robert the Bruce. Bruce was crowned the
King of Scotland at Scone on March 25th, 1306. After
being crowned, Bruce tried to overthrow the English
Invaders. After defeat, most likely after the Battle
at Methven and Dalry in the winter of 1313, Bruce
withdrew into a cave. It is said that here Bruce saw a
spider take several attempts to make a web. This gave
him the encouragement he needed not to give up. Bruce
went on to the glorious victory at the Battle of
Bannockburn in 1314.
Sir Laurence Olivier dies, aged 82. He was nominated
for 12 Academy Awards and won 2. He was also honoured
with 2 special Oscars. In his long career, he appeared
in more than 120 stage roles, almost 60 films and over
15 television productions.
Total solar eclipse is seen in Hawaii.
Birth date of Gaius Julius Caesar. He was assassinated
on the Ides (15th) of March, 44 BC.
James Cook set sail from Plymouth, UK on his third and
final expedition on the ship Resolution. It was a
search for a Northwest Passage across northern North
America to Asia.
Launch of the first passive satellite. Echo 1 A was a
communications satellite that was put into orbit with
an altitude of 1600 km. Its job was to reflect
received radio signals.
The origin of the Metonic Cycle. It was proposed by
the Greek astronomer Metos and linked the dates and
phases of the moon with solar years. The cycle has a
period of 19 solar years, with a thirteenth month
every seven years. 19 solar years equals 6939.60 days,
whilst 235 lunar months equals 6939.69 days. That is a
discrepancy of less than 2 hours. As a result of this
relationship, it is possible for a series of eclipses
to occur on the same dates 19 years apart. This is the
importance of the Metonic cycle. It allowed extra
months to be added in to keep the lunar calendar and
solar calendar (seasons) in step.
The first World Cup final held between Uruguay, the
hosts, and Argentina. Uruguay won 4-2.
Birth date of Patrick Stewart. Stewart immortalised
the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek, The
Next Generation. He has recently starred as Professor
Charles Xavier in the movies X-Men and X-Men
Birth date of Emmeline Pankhurst in Manchester,
England. Founder of the Women's Social and Political
Union in 1903, the Union that campaigned for
Women's vote in Britain.
The 16th James Bond movie License to Kill
premiers in the US. Starring Timothy Dalton as Bond,
there was a 6-year gap between this film and the next,
Howard Stern's Summer Show premiers on WWOR-TV.
The Bandai Volcano, situated 130 miles north of Tokyo,
erupts for the first time in 1,000 years. It killed
461 people and destroyed hundreds of homes. The last
tremors were recorded in 2000, leading to evacuation
of the nearby areas.
US scientists display close-up photos of Mars taken
from Mariner IV. They showed the landscape of 600,000
square miles, one per cent of the planet's
Origin of the Islamic Era, when the Prophet Muhammad
left Mekka for Yathrib (Medina).
Birth date of Virginia Katherine McMath, also known as
Ginger Rogers. Born in Independence, Missouri, the
actress and dancer performed a number of famous roles,
captivating and enthralling her audience.
The first Atomic bomb, developed by Dr Robert
Oppenheimer and his team at Los Alamos, was exploded
in New Mexico.
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