31 July 2009
Daily Chat 31/07/09
The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji happened on this date in 781. The city of Thessaloniki fell to the Arabs in 908. In 1703, Daniel Defoe was placed in a pillory for publication of the satirical pamphlet The Shortest Way with the Dissenters; Or, Proposals for the Establishment of the Church. According to legend, he was pelted with flowers. Operation Banner, the longest-running British Army operation ever, came to an end in 2007. Celebrating birthdays today: Lynne Reid Banks, Jonathan Dimbleby, Evonne Goolagong, J.K. Rowling and Emilia Fox. It is Hari Pahlawan in Malaysia.