Saturday, 27 February 2016

27 February

Coming close to the end of the month, we have a strong list of lucky events on this, the 27th day of February. First, we have the poet, Lord Byron, giving his first address as a member of the House of Lords in 1812, in defence of the Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire. Next, in 1870, the current flag of Japan is first adopted as the national flag for Japanese merchant ships, and, in 1900, the Fußball-Club Bayern München was founded.

Born on this day are two brilliant American writers. First is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet and educator, born in Portland, Maine in 1807, who wrote The Song of Hiawatha and Evangeline. Next we have John Steinbeck, American novelist and short story writer as well as Nobel Prize laureate, born on 27 February in California in 1902, famous, of course, for the classroom favourite Of Mice and Men as well as The Grapes of Wrath.

But step aside literary giants, because the day goes to an actress for whom many books have been written about and she no doubt inspired many more: Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, born 1932:

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.

You find out who your real friends are when you're involved in a scandal.

Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.

Have a wonderful lucky day my friend and please do tell your friends and family about us. The more who join, the more we can give away!