Happy birthday Adam Faith would have been 70 today.
Niki Sullivan would have been 73 today.
A few weeks ago I received an email from a journalist, Pattie Pegler, asking if I was prepared to be interviewed for a story on blogging.
I was and the story which resulted, expanding world of the blogosphere was published yesterday.
It concludes with what people look for in a blog: first and foremost, original and interesting content.
Russel Norman had the right to protest when Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping entered parliament last week.
But he also had a responsibility to do so in a manner befitting his status as an MP.
He was able to get much closer to the VP than the general public because he’s an MP, but he abused that right by not exercising it responsibly.
Oh the irony, a protest against a lack of democracy in Tibet may lead to more restrictions here.
MacDoctor, Laughy Kate and A Cat of Impossible Colour were the blogs I chose for my spot on Critical Mass yesterday.
Macdoctor has a winning prescription for posts on health, blue-tinged politics and life.
He writes clearly and cleverly, is rational reasoned and witty.
Laughy Kate specialises in short, snappy posts which show an appreciation of life’s quirkier side.
A Cat of Impossible Colour is a delightful mix of fashion – of the thrifted kind – her writing, her cat and life in general. If her novel – due out next year – is anything like her blog it will be a wonderful read.
My Critical Mass spot is usually every two or three weeks. But as Noelle McCarthy, who alternates with me in speaking about the internet, is standing in for Jim Mora and can’t interview herself today’s was only a week after the last one when I discussed the Air New Zealand Best Blog Awards.
Just adequate: 10/15 in this week’s Dominion Post political trivia quiz – and that was with some guesses.
It didn’t help that I didn’t help that I didn’t know any of the characters from Grease.
On June 23:
47 BC Pharaoh Ptolemy XV Caesarion of Egypt was born (d. 30 BC).
1314 First War of Scottish Independence The Battle of Bannockburn, south of Stirling, began.
1611 The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson‘s fourth voyage set Henry, his son and seven loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay; they were never heard from again.
1713 The French residents of Acadia were given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia.
1757 Battle of Plassey – 3,000 British troops under Robert Clive defeated a 50,000 strong Indian army under Siraj Ud Daulah at Plassey.
1758 Seven Years’ War: Battle of Krefeld – British forces defeated French troops at Krefeld in Germany.
1780 American Revolution: Battle of Springfield.
1794 Empress Catherine II of Russia granted Jews permission to settle in Kiev.
1812 War of 1812: Great Britain revoked the restrictions on American commerce, thus eliminating one of the chief reasons for going to war.
1812 – Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon I of France invadesd Russia.
1860 The United States Congress established the Government Printing Office.
1894 King Edward VIII was born (d. 1972).
1917 In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retired 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire.
1919 Estonian Liberation War: The decisive defeat of German Freikorps (Baltische Landeswehr) forces in the Battle of Cesis (Võnnu lahing). This day is celebrated as Victory Day in Estonia.
1937 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets), was born (d. 2004) .
1938 The Civil Aeronautics Act was signed into law, forming the Civil Aeronautics Authority in the United States.
1940 Adam Faith, English singer and actor was born, (d 2003).
1940 Stuart Sutcliffe, English musician (The Beatles) , was born (d. 1962).
1941 Roger McDonald, Australian author, was born.
1942 World War II: The first selections for the gas chamber at Auschwitz took place on a train load of Jews from Paris.
1942 World War II: Germany’s latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 was captured intact when it mistakenly landsedat RAF Pembrey in Wales.
1945 World War II: The Battle of Okinawa ended when organised resistance of Imperial Japanese Army forces collapsed.
1946 The 1946 Vancouver Island earthquake struck Vancouver Island.
1956 Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.
1958 The Dutch Reformed Church accepted women ministers.
1959 A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway killed 34 people.
1961 Cold War: The Antarctic Treaty, which set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and banned military activity on the continent, came into force after the opening date for signature set for the December 1, 1959.
1965 Paul Arthurs, British guitarist (Oasis), was born.
1967 Cold War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson met with Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin in Glassboro, New Jersey for the three-day Glassboro Summit Conference.
1968 74 were killed and 150 injured in a football stampede towards a closed exit in a Buenos Aires stadium.
1972 Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman were taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.
1972 45 countries left the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound.
1973 The International Court of Justice condemned French nuclear tests in the Pacific.
1973 A fire at a house in Hull, England, which killed a six year old boy was passed off as an accident; it later emerged as the first of 26 deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.
1985 A terrorist bomb aboard Air India flight 182 brought the Boeing 747 down off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 aboard.
1988 James E. Hansen testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that it is 99% probable that global warming had begun.
1989 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law passed by the U.S. Congress banning all sexually oriented phone message services was unconstitutional.
1991 Moldova declared independence.
Sourced from NZ History Online & WIkipedia