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« on: 31/08/2011 09:53:15 »
Born on this day in the year AD12 - Caligula (Gaius Caesar), Roman emperor (37-41 AD). A right nasty piece of work he turned out to be.

Born on this day in 1913 - Sir Bernard Lovell, founder of the Jodrell Bank radio telescope.

On this day in 1535 Pope Paul II excommunicated King Henry VIII. Hardly surprising, since our Henry had already told him where to stick the Vatican.

In 1887, Thomas Edison patented the Kinetoscope. Where would Hollywood be without it?

And on this day in 1688, John Bunyan, author of 'A Pilgrim's Progress' died.
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« Reply #1 on: 31/08/2011 17:36:54 »
Also Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan declared independence from the USSR - guess who has a very weird desk calendar?
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« Reply #2 on: 31/08/2011 21:09:16 »
guess who has a very weird desk calendar?


I don't know, but it sounds like you have a really awesome desk calendar.

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« Reply #3 on: 01/09/2011 05:38:23 »
Born on this day in the year AD12 - Caligula (Gaius Caesar), Roman emperor (37-41 AD). A right nasty piece of work he turned out to be.

Born on this day in 1903 - Sir Bernard Lovell, founder of the Jodrell Bank radio telescope.

On this day in 1535 Pope Paul II excommunicated King Henry VIII. Hardly surprising, since our Henry had already told him where to stick the Vatican.

In 1887, Thomas Edison patented the Kinetoscope. Where would Hollywood be without it?

And on this day in 1688, John Bunyan, author of 'A Pilgrim's Progress' died.

A couple of thousand years later he made a nice film though !!  [;D]
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« Reply #4 on: 01/09/2011 09:28:16 »
Pinch and a punch the first day of the month - and no returns.  From the mad desk calendar - it is a public holiday in Slovakia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and somewhere abbreviated as TRY.  And no its not Turkey ...


It would also be rather fitting if Gaddafi is finally caught today - as 1st September is the anniversary of his cout d'etat in 1969
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« Reply #5 on: 01/09/2011 12:31:52 »
1st. Sept

Born on this day in 1866 – James Corbett aka Gentleman Jim (Heavyweight Boxing champion 1892 – 97). Coincidentally, Rocky Marciano was born on this day in 1923.
Engelbert Humperdinck (No, not the ‘Last Waltz With You’ one Eee gods, that would not be a birthday to recall) I mean the original Engelbert Humperdinck, the German composer, was born on this day in 1854.

On this day, Pope Adrian IV, the only English Pope died in 1159
Louis XIV of France who once said “I could sooner reconcile all Europe than two women.” Died on this day in 1715.

The Great Fire of London began on this day in 1666.
Joseph Lister performed the first antiseptic surgery on this day in 1865.

On this day in 1939, Hitler’s troops invade Poland. WWII had begun.
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« Reply #6 on: 01/09/2011 22:47:56 »
Mom was 12 then.........

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« Reply #7 on: 02/09/2011 05:53:12 »
Sept 2

According to my Google calendar...this day last year I topped up my sons's mobile phone with £10. That was quite a day !
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« Reply #8 on: 02/09/2011 09:43:08 »
It is friday - nothing else matters
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« Reply #9 on: 10/10/2011 16:47:05 »
Born today in 1731 - Henry Cavendish (discovered Hydrogen)

Died today: Ralph Richardson 1983, Orson Welles 1985 (he lived to see 1984 didn't work out quite as he thought), Yul Brynner 1985 (Baldy Brynner, star of 'The King & I' & 'The Magnificent Seven' among others.

On this day in 1846, William Lassell discovered Neptune's moon 'Triton'.
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« Reply #10 on: 10/10/2011 17:08:08 »
It is a partially observed bank holiday in the United States of America - Columbus Day
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« Reply #11 on: 10/10/2011 18:58:57 »
On this day twenty eight years ago, I went to work. It took me about an hour to figure out why everyone was so unusually quiet.

(BTW, I see Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday again this year.)
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« Reply #12 on: 11/10/2011 08:26:21 »
Born on this day in 1844, Henry John Heinz. He would discover 57 varieties!

Died this day in 1961 Leonard Marx (Chico)

On this day in 1733 an earthquake destroyed Calcutta and killed an estimated 300,000 people.

And on this day in 1521, Pope Leo X bestowed upon Henry VIII the title of 'Defender of the Faith'.
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« Reply #13 on: 11/10/2011 10:37:20 »
and from the amazing desk calendar...  have a nice day off if you are in the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia
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« Reply #14 on: 20/10/2011 10:58:20 »
Born today in 1632, Christopher Wren

On this day in 1097 the first crusaders arrive in Antioch and in 1817, the first Mississippi show boat sets sail from Nashville.
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« Reply #15 on: 24/10/2011 16:39:03 »
Born this day in 1854 - Hendrik W Bakhuis Roozeboom noted for his work in thermodynamics.

Also born today in 1936 - Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones)

Died today in 1601 in Prague - Tycho Brahe (Astronomer) & in 1991 Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek.

On this day in 1851 William Lassell discovered Ariel & Umbriel (Satellites of Uranus). The following day he was arrested for watching Uranus and told to try bird watching instead. Alas he misunderstood and was charged the next day for being a peeping Tom. OK, so I made that up.
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« Reply #16 on: 24/10/2011 16:47:03 »
and from the amazing desk calendar...  have a nice day off if you are in the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia

same as my last post - waste of valuable bank holidays to have two in such a short time
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« Reply #17 on: 25/10/2011 12:36:41 »
Born this day in 1881 - Pablo Piccaso

Also the composers Johann Strauss (1825) and Georges Bizet (1838)

Died this day in 1400 - Geoffrey Chaucer and in 1993 Vincent Price.

On this day in 1854 the ill fated Charge of the Light Brigade took place at Balaklava.

In 1671 Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus, satellite of Saturn
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« Reply #18 on: 26/10/2011 11:49:24 »
Born today in 1879, Leon Trotsky & in 1947 Hillary Clinton.

Died today in 899, Alfred the Great (King of Wessex)

In 1492 the first lead pencil is used.

In 1662 Charles II sold Dunkirk to France.

In 1861 the Pony Express runs for the last time & 20 years later in 1881 in Tombstone Arizona, Wyatt, Virgil & Morgan Earp together with Doc Holliday face down the 'cowboys' in a shoot out at the OK Corral.
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« Reply #19 on: 27/10/2011 10:01:39 »
And Happy Holiday to the folks in Turkmenistan
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« Reply #20 on: 27/10/2011 20:35:35 »
And Happy Holiday to the folks in Turkmenistan

Apparently, all our members in Turkmenistan are using proxy servers.
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« Reply #21 on: 28/10/2011 10:48:34 »
Unfo our turkmenistani readers are probably too afraid to respond on such a liberal and dangerous site as this.  Media freedom is the third worst in the world
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« Reply #22 on: 29/10/2011 13:33:46 »
Born today in 1656, Edmund Halley

Born today in 1946, Peter Green (Greenbaum) in London (founder member of Fleetwood Mac)

Died today in 1618, Walter Raleigh (Cause of death - a severe case of lack of head) and in 1950, Gustav V, King of Sweden dies at the age of 92.

In `1904 the New York Subway opens.
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« Reply #23 on: 29/10/2011 18:08:53 »
Born today in 1656, Edmund Halley


Wasn't he the bloke with the Comets? You're about three centuries off.

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« Reply #24 on: 29/10/2011 19:41:56 »
Born today in 1656, Edmund Halley


Wasn't he the bloke with the Comets? You're about three centuries off.




Wrong comets Geezer;

Not these comets (plural)


This comet (singular)


But as it happens, I seem to have made a faux pas anyway, Edmund (or Edmond) was actually born on the 8th Nov 1656.



Died today, In the light of recent horrific revelations, I have removed mention of this most unsavory individual. He now ranks among the most despised and evil men ever to walk this Earth.
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« Reply #25 on: 29/10/2011 19:51:40 »
But on a much happier note, I can report that your's truly is a Grandpa as of this morning!!!!



Whares that ceeegarrrr

Unfortunately, I have to be in Frankfurt from tomorrow, for e few days. Typical!!!
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« Reply #26 on: 29/10/2011 21:43:29 »
Congratulations! Is that the first?

Coincidentally, Mrs G went to visit our daughter in New Jersey who had a baby (on the Ides of March!). It started snowing there this morning, and it hasn't stopped yet [:D] - You better get on your bike and get to Frankfurt before it arrives there.   
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« Reply #27 on: 31/10/2011 09:48:22 »
Congrats Don
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« Reply #28 on: 01/11/2011 15:09:45 »
Congratulations! Is that the first?

Coincidentally, Mrs G went to visit our daughter in New Jersey who had a baby (on the Ides of March!). It started snowing there this morning, and it hasn't stopped yet [:D] - You better get on your bike and get to Frankfurt before it arrives there.  

Yep, its the first.

It was a balmy 19oC in Frankfurt yesterday!

Congrats Don

Thanks. Mother & baby doing well.
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« Reply #29 on: 01/11/2011 15:51:19 »
On this day in 0079 Mt Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompei.

In 1800, John Adams, 2nd President of the US, becomes the first to reside in The White House. Later in the year he would be succeeded by Thomas Jefferson


On this day in 1985, Phil Silvers (Sgt Bilko) dies.

And born today in 1815, Crawford Williamson Long, first physician to administer ether anesthesia for surgery.
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« Reply #30 on: 01/11/2011 16:07:00 »
YAYYYY !!...congrats to ewe and family Gramps !!
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« Reply #31 on: 03/11/2011 12:53:40 »
Nov 3rd

Laika the Russian dog was launched into space on 3 November 1957 and became the first animal in space.
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« Reply #32 on: 04/11/2011 09:18:58 »
On this day in 1922 a labourer working for Howard Carter stumbles on a sunken step which proves to be the entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Richard Gatling patent's the Gatling Gun in 1862.

In 1529, Cardinal Wolsey is arrested.

In 0644, Urmar 1st (Khalifa Umar bin al-Khattab) 2nd Khalif of Islam is murdered.
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« Reply #33 on: 04/11/2011 18:06:49 »
On this day in 1922 a labourer working for Howard Carter stumbles on a sunken step which proves to be the entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun.

There was a sign on the door that said "Toot, and come in".
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« Reply #34 on: 05/11/2011 17:41:58 »
On this day in 1605, Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators had their plan to blow up parliament thwarted after Lord Monteagle received a tip off warning him to stay away from parleament.

COME BACK GUY, ALL IS FORGIVEN.


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« Reply #35 on: 06/11/2011 03:43:02 »
But on a much happier note, I can report that your's truly is a Grandpa as of this morning!!!!



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Unfortunately, I have to be in Frankfurt from tomorrow, for e few days. Typical!!!
Congratulations Grandpapa...Is it a boy  or girl or both...? How much does he or she weigh how long etc etc etc...Pictures dear Grandpa pictures!!! I Love whittle babies...Awwwwwww... HOW is Daddy doing? Thought I would ask, cause daddy is usually left out and that can be down right heart breaking... Dads are usually the ones who need comforting and calming.. hee hee hee.. Glad mom and baby are well too, of coarse!

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« Reply #36 on: 07/11/2011 18:08:02 »
'tis a bonny wee lass, Karen. Mum, Dad & Baby are all doing just fine.

Doh!!! She is soooooooooooooo sweet
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« Reply #37 on: 07/11/2011 18:42:51 »
Oh.....I bet she is sweet....lol...you must be a great Dad Nd grandpapa...so cool..So i just found out about six weeks ago that I am finally gonna be a grandma on April 19ther abouts. On the dads, my sons birthday..would be cool to have Dad share his birthday with son or daughter...

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« Reply #38 on: 07/11/2011 18:45:11 »
Your son girl...or your daughter had the baby

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« Reply #39 on: 08/11/2011 11:04:44 »
Born today in 1656 - Edmund Halley (No connection to 'Rock Around the Clock!) and in 1848, Gottlob Frege (mathematician) and in 1922, Cristiaan Barnard (surgeon) - performed the first human heart transplant in 1967.

On this day in 1980, Voyager 1 reveals the 15th moon of Saturn.
In 1602 the Bodleian Library is established in Oxford.
In 1895 Wilhelm Röntgen discovers X-rays.

In 1889 Montana becomes the 41st state of the union.
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« Reply #40 on: 08/11/2011 17:56:45 »
This is getting really scary! I can remember far too many of these "historical" events taking place.
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« Reply #41 on: 09/11/2011 13:36:18 »
This is getting really scary! I can remember far too many of these "historical" events taking place.

Stone the crows!!! you remember Montana joining the Union?!?!?! Jeez Geeze, that's OLD.



Born today in 1934, Carl Sagan

Died today in 1970, General Charles de Gaulle

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« Reply #42 on: 10/11/2011 11:21:38 »
Born today in 1861, Robert Thorburn Ayton Innes, discovered Proxima Centauri in 1915.

And in 1918, German theoretical chemist, Ernst Otto Fischer.


In 1885, Gottlieb Daimler presents the world with the first motorcycle.
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« Reply #43 on: 20/11/2011 14:06:22 »
Born today in 1602 - Otto von Guericke. Where would Mr Hoover have been without him?
In 1886 - Karl von Frisch and in 1889 - Edwin Powell Hubble.

Died today in 1954 - Clyde Vernon Cessna, he of the aviation world.

In 1906 Mr Rolls & Mr Royce form the Rolls Royce company and in 1923, Garrett Morgan patented the automatic traffic signal. He later sold the technology to GEC for $40k.
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« Reply #44 on: 21/11/2011 17:25:27 »
Born on this day in 1694 - François Marie Arouet AKA Voltaire (translated & popularised the work of Issac Newton in France)

Died this day in 1970 - Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, he of the Raman Effect.

On this day in 1783, Jean François Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis Francois Laurant d'Arlandes became the first men to fly in a hot air balloon designed and built by Jacques Étienne Montgolfier and his brother Joseph-Michel.

Rozier later died in an attempt to cross the English Channel in a dual balloon, one filled with hydrogen, the other a hot air balloon, and so became not only one of the first men to fly, but also the first man to die in an air crash. Silly billy. By a strange coincidence, Rozier died on 15th June 1785, on that same date in 1919, Alcock & Browne successfully completed the first transatlantic flight.

And on this day in 1877, Thomas Edison announced the invention of the 'Talking Machine'. Where would Elvis and The Beatles have been without it?
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« Reply #45 on: 21/11/2011 19:21:01 »
Slightly tangentially (not that I make a habit of it you understand), how many forum members have to look at Don's post today for there to be a greater than a 50/50 chance that two of them have the same birthday?
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« Reply #46 on: 22/11/2011 10:36:08 »
My most humble apologies folks, I seem to have posted wrong here.

I thought it was 23rd. today! As if time doesn't fly by fast enough as it is!!!

On this day in 1977 (22nd that is} Concorde began a regular service to New York, almost 2 years after the services between London & Paris to Bahrain, Rio & Washington DC. Flight time to New York was around 3.5hrs


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« Reply #47 on: 23/11/2011 09:50:52 »
Once again, my most humble apologies for posting this yesterday. I seem to have my calender in a bit of a tis-was.


Born on this day in 1887 – Boris Karloff and a year later in 1888 (my maths is improving), the great Adolph Marx (Harpo).

Also born today in New York in 1859, William Henry McCarty aka Billy the Kid.

Died today in 1990 – Roald Dahl

In 1897 John Lee Love patent’s his new invention, the pencil sharpener.

And on this day in 1963, one of the world’s most famous scientist’s was presented to us with the first broadcast by the BBC of Dr. Who, originally played by William Hartnell. In the second serial, broadcast in December the same year, we were presented with one of the all-time greatest bunch of villians.......
The Daleks.
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« Reply #48 on: 24/11/2011 01:40:17 »
Published on this day in 1859, Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.” Later publications were shortened to The Origin of Species.




As Darwin suspected, he was ridiculed by the press for his suggestion that man had evolved from apes.



Sketches of Galapagos Finches which would figure greatly in Darwin's theory.


Lonesome George

Pinta Island Galapagos Giant Tortoise. Another evolutionary hint to Darwin.

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Marine Iguana, unique to the Galapagos.
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« Reply #49 on: 25/11/2011 00:51:44 »
Born this day in 1884 - Karl Friedrich Benz.
And In 1887 - Nikolay Ivanovich Vavilov (Никола́й Ива́нович Вави́лов).

On this day in 1867 Alfred Nobel patents dynamite. But did he get a prize for it?

In 1952 ‘The Mousetrap’ by Agatha Christie premier’s in London and has been running ever since.
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