Sunday, 28 February 2016

28 February

So, the last day of February (or at least it is three times every four years), what lucky events do you have in store? Well, in 1849 a regular steamboat service began from the west to the east coast of the United States with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay. In only took four months and 22 days after leaving New York Harbour!  In 1940, basketball was televised for the first time. The game was between Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh and was held in Madison Square Garden. On this day in 1983, the final episode of M*A*S*H aired, with almost 106 million viewers. To this day, it still holds the record for the highest viewing figure of a season finale.

Famous people born on this day include Barry McGuigan, Irish-British boxer, born 1961, the lead singer of Train, Patrick Monahan, born 1969 and Robert Sean Leonard, who played Dr James Wilson in the TV series House, born on this day in 1969. Also born on this day is Stephanie Beacham, English actress, in 1947, and Charles Blondin, French tightrope walker and acrobat, born 1824.

But the day goes to founding member of the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones, born on this day in 1942. As Bill Wyman said, "He formed the band. He chose the members. He named the band. He chose the music we played. He got us gigs. ... he was very influential, very important, … highly intelligent.”

Wishing you an influentially lucky day!