by James D. Irwin

 

On This Day…

1768— first modern circus is staged in London.

1806— State funeral of Admiral Nelson, story takes up thousands of column inches.

1909— Ernest Shackleton gets within ninety-seven nautical miles of the South Pole before giving up and coming home. His expedition beat Scott’s previous best by six degrees, and was achieved in less time.

1941— First flight of the Lancaster Bomber.

Ahh, close enough...
Close enough… let’s go home…

 

Born today…

1854— JeanetteĀ Jerome, mother of Winston Churchill and supposed inventor of the Manhattan cocktail.

1913— Richard Milhous Nixon, beloved former President.

1925— Lee Van Cleef, nemesis of The Man With No Name and owner of one of cinema’s finest moustaches.

1944— Jimmy Page, legendary 1960s session guitarist.

1982— Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge, bearer of the Royal Foetus.

 

Died today…

Nobody very exciting.