Thursday, 18 February 2016

18 February

It’s official! This is my favourite lucky day, ever! Why? Well you will soon find out! In 1885, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was published in the United States – “Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And hain't that a big enough majority in any town?” – and in 1911 the first official flight with air mail takes place from Allahabad to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away. On this day in 1930, Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto while studying photographs and, in 1978, the first Ironman Triathlon competition took place on the island of Oahu and was won by Gordon Halle.

Some great people have been born on this day too: in 1931, Toni Morrison, American author and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, was born and in 1933, Yoko Ono was born – “Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Just start thinking peace, and the message will spread quicker than you think”. Also born on this day in 1933 was Bobby Robson, English footballer and manager, who said “The first ninety minutes of a football match are the most important” as well as “Home advantage gives you an advantage.” Love it! And in 1954, Stayin’ Alive and Grease actor John Travolta was born.

As you know, I normally dedicate the day to a song or a quote or a person connected to the day, and there are certainly some excellent contenders today. But instead, I dedicate the 17th of February to a cow. Yes, a cow, as on this day in 1930, Elm Farm Ollie became the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft. Didn't I tell you this was a brilliant day?(Following cow joke supplied by my son!)

What did mummy cow say to baby cow?     It's pasture bedtime!