December 9 in history


On December 9:

1608  John Milton, English poet, was born.

1787 John Dobson, English architect, was born.

1886 Clarence Birdseye, American frozen food manufacturer, was born.

 Birdseye’s double belt freezer

1897 Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde, in Paris.

1899 New Zealand troops fired their first shots in the South African war.

1902  Margaret Hamilton, American actress, was born.

1905 In France, the law separating church and state is passed.

1922  Gabriel Narutowicz was announced the first president of Poland.

1929  Bob Hawke, 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, was born.

1931 The Constituent Cortes approves the constitution which establishes the Second Spanish Republic.

Flag Coat of arms

1933  Ashleigh Brilliant, American writer (Pot-Shots), was born.

 Ashleigh Brilliant

1934  Dame Judi Dench, English actress, was born.

1941 Beau Bridges, American actor, was born.

1950  Joan Armatrading, St. Kitts-born English singer, was born.

1953 John Malkovich, American actor, was born.

1957 – Donny Osmond, American singer and actor, was born.

1958  Nick Seymour, Australian bassist (Crowded House), was born.

1960 The first episode of Britain’s longest running television soap opera Coronation Street was broadcast.

Coronation Street Opening 2002.jpg

1961 Tanganyika became independent from Britain.


1962  The Petrified Forest National Park was established in Arizona.

 Chinle Formation

1968 NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) was publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.

 Videoconferencing on NLS

1979 The eradication of the smallpox virus was certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.

1988  The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland was officially opened.

1990  Lech Wałęsa becomes the first directly elected president of Poland.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

‘opkins goes t’ Coro street


‘Ee bia gum, young Jim ‘opkins ‘as gone down t’ Coronation Street an’ come up wi’ summat clever:

Hayley: Aye, and we’d be clean out of green by the time we arrived.’Ave you not been watching the news, our Roy? They’ve just slapped a 10 per cent surcharge on all flights to New Zealand.

Roy: Is that in retaliation for the ‘aka?

Hayley: I don’t know. But I do know it spells disaster for the tourism industry in that recession-plagued land.

Roy: I shouldn’t think so, luv. They’re pretty resourceful in them parts. My guess is they’ll cum up with summat clever, like a

$250 discount voucher for bungee jumps and such.

The ODT  also looks at the British flight tax:

Suspicion that the British tax is simply a healthy revenue earner for Mr Brown’s government is supported by the absence of much acknowledgement or incentive that some airlines are themselves doing a great deal to reduce carbon emissions. . .

Call me cynical if you will but a tax which isn’t about revenue gathering is oxymoronic.

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