18 July 2009
Daily Chat 18/07/09
Not a good date for the Romans, today. In 390 BC, the Gauls defeated them in the Battle of Allia and the Great Fire began in AD 64. The cornerstone for the Giotto-designed campanile of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence was laid in 1334. Mein Kampf was published in 1925 and in 1976, Nadia Comaneci became the first person to be awarded a 10 in Olympic gymnastics. Celebrating birthdays today: Nelson Mandela, John Glenn, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Martha Reeves and Nick Faldo. It's Constitution Day in Uruguay.