Friday, 4 March 2016

4 March

Oh, what wonders you have for us the 4th day of March. In 1493, explorer Christopher Columbus arrived back in Lisbon from his voyage to what is now The Bahamas and other islands in the Caribbean, and, in 1628, the Massachusetts Bay Colony was granted a Royal charter. In 1837, the city of Chicago was incorporated and in 1882, Britain's first electric trams ran in east London. In 1890, the longest bridge in Great Britain, the Forth Bridge in Scotland, was opened by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, measuring 1,710 feet (520 m) long (the bridge that is, not the King). And in 1917, Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first female member of the United States House of Representatives. The 4th March is actually a very good day for women as in 1933 Frances Perkins became United States Secretary of Labor, the first female member of the United States Cabinet, and in 1983, Bertha Wilson was appointed the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada. Finally, in 1974, People magazine was published for the first time in the United States as People Weekly.

Famous people born on this day include Patrick Moore, English astronomer, born 1923; Bobby Womack, American singer-songwriter, born 1944; Shakin' Stevens, Welsh singer-songwriter, born 1948 “Ain't a-gonna need this house no longer/ Ain't a-gonna need this house no more/ Ain't got time to fix the shingles/ Ain't a-got time to fix the floor" – admit it, you sang along in your head!

But the day sadly isn't dedicated to Shakin' Stevens as much as my sister (his number one fan) would like, nor is it dedicated to Chris Rea, English singer-songwriter, born on this day in 1951. No, the day goes to the Rolling Stones, number one on the US Billboard on this day in 1967 with the wonderful ‘Ruby Tuesday’:

She would never say where she came from
Yesterday don't matter if it's gone
While the sun is bright
Or in the darkest night
No one knows, she comes and goes

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still I'm gonna miss you

Have a lucky day my dear friend!