20 June 2009
Daily Chat 20/06/09
Oxford University received its charter on this day in 1214. That's 795 years of churning out pompous gits - amazing. In 1631, the Irish village of Baltimore was sacked by Algerian pirates - or is that Arrrish village? Queen Victoria ascended the throne on this day in 1837. We were not amused. And the 'Red Phone' was established between the Soviet Union and the United States in 1963. Celebrating birthdays today: Olympia Dukakis, Martin Landau, Stephen Frears, Brian Wilson, Anne Murray - the Canadian songbird, Lionel Richie, John Goodman, Vikram Seth, John Taylor - the prettiest Durannie, Nicole Kidman (no word if she'll be wearing a turquoise tasseled bikini today), and Frank Lampard, who we can only hope will not be wearing a turquoise tasseled bikini today. It is World Refugee Day.