13 July 2009
Daily Chat 13/07/09
Apparently 13 July has been a fairly uneventful day in the annals of history. The seven month Siege of Haarlem came to an end on this day in 1573. The British airship R34 completed the first east-to-west transAtlantic crossing in 1919. It took 182 hours to fly from Norfolk to Minneola, New York. There was no in-flight movie. And in 1923, the Hollywood sign first appeared. At that time, the sign was actually 'Hollywoodland' and served as an advertisement for a housing development. Celebrating birthdays today: Wole Soyinka, Patrick Stewart, Harrison Ford, Roger McGuinn, Erno Rubik, and Ian Hislop. It is Statehood Day in Montenegro. Engage.