Monday, 8 August 2011

Some good news for a change

It's traditional to buy and keep the newspapers on the day of a child's birth, so for those born yesterday the newspapers would be full of rioting in London and football transfer gossip.

Samson Allan Grey Kircher arrived yesterday evening and was a ray of good news in a world seemingly focused on the current doom and gloom.

To celebrate the arrival of Samson, here are some happier events that occurred on August 7th:

1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York City to San Francisco.

1944 – IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).

1955 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sells its first transistor radios in Japan.

1959 – Explorer programExplorer 6 launches from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape CanaveralFlorida.

1960 – Côte d'Ivoire becomes independent.

1965 – The infamous first party between Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and motorcycle gang the Hells Angels takes place at Kesey's estate in La HondaCalifornia introducing psychedelics to the gang world and forever linking the hippie movement to the Hell's Angels.

1974 – Philippe Petit performs a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center 1,368 feet (417 m) in the air.

1976 – Viking programViking 2 enters orbit around Mars.

1985 – Takao DoiMamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts.

1987 - Lynne Cox, 30, took two hours and six minutes to cross the Bering Strait which separates the Arctic and Pacific oceans

2007 – Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.

With thanks to and the BBC's on this day.

Congratulations to Anna, Ross and Ida! Can't wait to meet the little fella. 

Love Us Crazy Davies x x x

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