….hasn't the fine line between sanity and madness gotten finer?……. …
On the 26th November, 1922 – The British Lord Carnarvon and the archaeologist Howard Carter entered King Tut's tomb which had been buried by the sands of the Egyptian desert for thousands of years before its discovery by Carter a few days earlier. He had waited until his partner Lord Carnarvon could fly from England to enter. Many believe to this day that King Tut's tomb is the greatest archaeological discovery of our time as it had not been discovered earlier, as many tombs had been plundered of their fantastic treasures. Both of these great men died within 7 months of entering the Tomb which helped to perpetuate the myth of the Mummy's Curse.
Also on this day:
- 1942 – 'Casablanca', set in the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca during World War II, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world première at the Hollywood Theatre in New York. The movie went on general release in January the following year. The film was nominated for 8 Oscars and won 3 Oscars including Best Picture.
- 1977 – 'Vrillon', claiming to be the representative of the 'Ashtar Galactic Command', hijacked the ITN Nightly News at ITV Southern Television for six minutes.
- 1953 – The drive for commercial TV stations to provide competition to the current Government funded BBC monopoly, moved one stage further when the House of Lords approved plans as outlined in the Conservative Governments White Paper on the future of television. After a number of bills and setting up of the Independent Television Authority the first commercial TV station service ( London ITV ) began on 22 September 1955.
- 1968 – A new wide ranging race relations act came into force, making it illegal to refuse housing, employment or public services to people because of their ethnic background.
- 1973 – A Dutch jumbo Boeing 747 jet that had been hijacked landed safely in Libya. The 247 passengers along with 17 crew members all survived. The place was terrorised as it flew over Iraq on the night before.
- 1983 – Six gunmen broke into the Brinks Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport making off with three tons of gold bars valued at 60 million (GBP).
- 1992 – Major reforms in how royalty was funded in the United Kingdom were announced including
1. The Queen of England will pay income tax
2. The number of Royals who receive taxpayers money reduced to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen Mother.
Much of this is because of public concern about the rising cost of the monarchy and some of the stories in tabloid press about minor royals living off the British tax payer.
- 2003 – Concord made it's last flight over Bristol, England on the way to it's final resting place at LHR – FILTON where it had made it's first flight on 20th April 1979
Who was born Today in History?:
- 1288 – Emperor Go-Daigo of Japan.
- 1436 – Princess Catherine of Portugal, writer.
- 1607 – John Harvard, England, clergyman/scholar, founded Harvard University.
- 1609 – Henry Dunster, English president of Harvard College.
- 1847 – Maria Fyodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia.
- 1876 – Willis Haviland Carrier, developed air-conditioning equipment.
- 1894 – Norbert Wiener, US, mathematician/discovered cybernetics.
- 1905 – George Emlyn Williams, Wales, actor/playwright (David Copperfield).
- 1908 – Charles Forte, Italian/British hotel magnate (Savoy).
- 1908 – Philipp Mohler, composer.
- 1910 – Cyril Cusack, Durban Natal South Africa, actor (Day of the Jackal).
- 1912 – Gunnar Johannes Sonstevold, composer.
- 1920 – Istvan Sarkozy, composer.
- 1922 – Charles M Schulz, USA, cartoonist (Peanuts).
- 1929 – Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun).
- 1944 – Alan Henderson, Belfast, rock bassist (Them).
- 1944 – Jean Terrell, USA, rocker (Supremes).
- 1945 – John McVie, British rock bassist (Fleetwood Mac-Rumours, Tusk).
- 1981 – Natasha Bedingfield, British singer.
- 1983 – Chris Hughes, American businessman, co-founder of Facebook.
Know any more that were born today?, or were you born today?, post a comment below.
Quote of the day:
'Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't the fine line between sanity and madness gotten finer?'
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