Thursday, 3 March 2016

3 March

And so we come to the third day of the third month and so many lucky events can be found! In 1284, the Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England and in 1585, the Olympic Theatre, designed by Andrea Palladio, was inaugurated in Vicenza. In 1875, Georges Bizet's opera Carmen received its première at the Opéra-Comique in Paris and in the same year the first ever organized indoor game of ice hockey was played in Montreal, Canada as recorded in the Montreal Gazette. Moving onwards to 1923, TIME magazine was published for the first time and in 1931, the United States adopted 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as its national anthem. In 1951, Jackie Brenston, with Ike Turner and his band, recorded 'Rocket 88' at Sam Phillips' recording studios in Memphis, Tennessee, which is often cited as "the first rock and roll record". Finally, in 2005, Steve Fossett became the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refuelling.

Famous people born today include Alexander Graham Bell, a Scottish-American engineer who invented the telephone, born 1847. In 1968, Professor Brian Cox, English keyboard player and physicist, was born, and in 1977, Ronan Keating, Irish singer-songwriter, was born.

The day, however, is dedicated to a rock band at number one on the US Billboard on this day in 1984 with ‘Jump’. Yes, it's Van Halen!

I get up, and nothing gets me down.
You got it tough. I've seen the toughest all around.
And I know, baby, just how you feel.
You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real

Come on! Admit you sang that in your head! Have a jumping lucky day my friend and remember to check if it is your lucky day in our draw - at time of writing this it hasn't been claimed!