ON THIS DAY: July 11, 2016

July 11th is:

 World Population Day

World Population Day

Bowdler’s Day (see below)

Cheer up the Lonely Day

All American Pet Photo Day


international Flags hortizontal

Belgium – Celebration of the Golden Spurs

Canada – Orangemen’s Day

China – Maritime Day

Kiribati – Independence Day

Mongolia – Naadam/Revolution Day

On This Day in HISTORY

1274 – Scottish King Robert the Bruce is born

1302 –Battle of the Golden Spurs: A Flemish coalition beats France’s Royal Army

1405 – Chinese fleet commanded by Zheng He sets sail to explore the world

1533 – Pope Clement VII excommunicates England’s King Henry VIII

Who  was Thomas Bowdler?  Find out by clicking 

1754 – Thomas Bowdler, infamous re-writer of Shakespeare, is born

Thomas Bowdler and his sister Henrietta thought Shakespeare was way too racy for women and children, so Henrietta cut out or re-wrote all the parts which she found offensive, and then Thomas published her mangled version as The Family Shakspeare [sic]. They even gave a happy ending to Romeo and Juliet!  Their name has become synonymous with censorship – to ‘bowdlerise’ means to remove material that is considered improper or offensive, especially if the result is that the work becomes weaker or less effective.

1801 – French Astronomer Jean-Louis Pons discovers first of his 36 comets

1804 – Alexander Hamilton is fatally wounded by Aaron Burr in a duel

1834 – James McNeill Whistler, American painter, is born 

1848 – Waterloo Station opens – today it’s Britain’s busiest railway station

Waterloo Station Centenary 1848-1948

1893 – Mikimoto Kokichi produces first ‘mabes’ – cultured pearls

1899 – E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web, is born

1914 – Babe Ruth makes his Major League debut

1921 – The Mongolian People’s Republic founded after capture by Red Army

1922 – The Hollywood Bowl opens in Los Angeles

1960 – Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird published

1970 – The Who’s version of “Summertime Blues” released

The Who 1970

1972 – World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky begins

1987 – Earth’s human population reaches 5 billion people

  • 1948 Poster for the Waterloo Station Centennial 
  • The Who in 1970

About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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