Sunday, 21 February 2016

21 February

Another great day of great events! First, we have in 1804 the first self-propelling steam locomotive making its first outing (at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales), John Greenough being granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine in 1842, and the first telephone directory issued (in New Haven, Connecticut) in 1878. In 1896 we have a very odd tale: an Englishman raised in Australia, Bob Fitzsimmons, fighting an Irishman, Peter Maher, to win the 1896 World Heavyweight Championship in boxing, an American promoted event that technically took place in Mexico! In 1925, The New Yorker published its first issue and, also in New York City, Edwin Land demonstrated the first "instant camera", the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America in 1947. Finally, we have Steve Fossett landing in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada on this day in 1995 to become the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.

Famous people born on this day include the wonderful W. H. Auden, English-American poet, playwright, and composer, born 1907:

“He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.”

Also born on this day was Nina Simone, American singer-songwriter and pianist, born 1933;  Alan Rickman, English actor, director, and screenwriter, born 1946; James Dean Bradfield, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist for the Manic Street Preachers, born 1969; Charlotte Church, Welsh singer, born 1986; and Canadian actress, Ellen Page, born 1987.

The day, however, goes to an exceptional country singer who was number one on the US Billboard on this day in 1981 – Dolly Parton with "9 to 5”! Sing it Dolly!

Tumble outta bed
And I stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition
And yawn and stretch
And try to come to life
Jump in the shower
And the blood starts pumpin'
Out on the street
The traffic starts jumpin'
The folks like me on the job from 9 to 5

Workin' 9 to 5,
What a way to make a livin'
Barely gettin' by
It's all takin' and no givin'
They just use your mind
And they never give you credit
It's enough to drive you crazy
If you let it
9 to 5, for service and devotion
You would think that I
Would deserve a fat promotion
Want to move ahead
But the boss won't seem to let me
I swear sometimes that man is out to get me

Remember everyone, you've got dreams they'll never take away! Wishing you a dream filled lucky day!