The Friday Irregular

Issue #647 - 14th January 2022

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  n. handkerchief [Victorian slang]


Friday 14th January   -   Roman general Mark Anthony born, 83 BCE. Anatomist Jacques Dubois died, 1555. The US Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris with Great Britain, following the American Revolutionary War, 1784. Botanist and geneticist Carrie Derick, the first female professor in a Canadian university, born, 1862. Writer and mathematician Lewis Carroll died, 1898. Roald Amundsen's South Pole expedition landed on the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, 1911. World Logic Day (UNESCO).
Saturday 15th January   -   The coronation of Queen Elizabeth I of England in Westminster Abbey, 1559. Actor and playwright Molière born, 1622. Emma, Lady Hamilton, mistress of Horatio Nelson, died, 1815. James Naismith published the rules of basketball, 1892. Tennis player Mary Pierce born, 1975. Actor Roger Lloyd-Pack died, 2014.
Sunday 16th January   -   The Ostrogoths conquered Rome during the Gothic War, 550. René of Anjou, king of Naples, born, 1409. Composer Léo Delibes died, 1891. Korean singer Jennie born, 1996. Publisher Kaye Webb died, 1996. Space Shuttle Columbia launched on what would be its final mission, 2003.
Monday 17th January   -   Giovanni da Verrazano set sail from Madeira in search of a sea route to the Pacific, 1524. Alchemist William Blackhouse born, 1593. Composer Tomaso Albinoni died, 1751. Writer Anne Brontë born, 1820. Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard premiered in Moscow, 1904. Actress Virginia Mayo died, 2005. Martin Luther King Jr Day in the US.
Tuesday 18th January   -   The marriage of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, uniting the House of Lancaster and the House of York, 1486. Emperor Go-Hanazono of Japan, died, 1471. Isabella Jagiellon, Queen consort of Hungary, born, 1540. Willie O'Ree, the first Black Canadian National Hockey league player, debuted with the Boston Bruins, 1958. Actor Mark Rylance born, 1960. Mel & Kim singer Melanie Appleby died, 1990.
Wednesday 19th January   -   Frankish king Dagobert I died, 639. Henry V completed the reconquest of Normandy with the surrender of Rouen, during the Hundred Years' War, 1419. Writer Edgar Allan Poe born, 1803. The last Volkwagen Beetle made in Germany left the company's Emden plant, 1978. Tennis player Petra Martić born, 1991. Actress Sheila Sim, Lady Attenborough, died, 2016.
Thursday 20th January   -   Astronomer Simon Marius born, 1573. The High Court of Justice for the trial of Charles I convened, 1649. The British occupied Hong Kong Island, 1841. Writer and xplorer Jørgen Jørgensen died, 1841. Suffragist Harriot Stanton Blatch born, 1856. Actress Mira Furlan died, 2021.


This week, Edgar Allan Poe:
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.


A selection of quotations from films released in the same year. Answers next issue or from the regular address. Last issue's quotations were from films released in 2011:


Strange stories from around the world, some of which might be true...


African giant pouched rat Magawa (retired last June after five years of detecting landmines in Cambodia, cleared an area equivalent to 20 soccer pitches, awarded the PDSA Gold Medal in 2020, 8), nurse and former child actress Miranda Fryer (played the infant Sky Mangel in Neighbours [1989-1991], 32), actor George Rossi (The Bill, Taggart, Roughnecks, 60), playwright & videogame writer-director Russell Lees (The Dark Eye, Assassin's Creed series, Watch Dogs series, 64), actor and comedian Bob Saget (Full House, How I Met Your Mother, America's Funniest Home Videos, 65), opera singer Maria Ewing (Carmen, Salome, The Barber of Seville, 71), singer & bassist Burke Shelley (Budgie, 71), music producer & festival organiser Michael Lang (co-creater of Woodstock [1969], Woodstock '94, Woodstock '99, 77), actor Gary Waldhorn (Brush Strokes, Lovejoy, The Vicar of Dibley, 78), filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, What's Up, Doc?, 82), actor Nicholas Donnelly (Grange Hill, Dixon of Dock Green, Carry on Sergeant, 83), TV producer Donald A. Ramsey (Roots, H.R. Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos, 86), screenwriter & producer Joyce Eliason (The Last Don, Titanic [1996 miniseries], Mulholland Drive [co-producer], 87), TV director Dick Carson (The Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show [hosted by his brother Johnny Carson], Get Smart, 92), lyricist Marilyn Bergman (16 Oscar nominations with her husband, won for "The Way We Were", "Windmills of Your Mind" & Yentl, 93), actor and director Sir Sidney Poitier (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Heat of the Night, Lilies of the Field [1963 Academy Award], 94), supercentenarian & veteran Lawrence Brooks (the oldest-known surviving US WWII veteran and the oldest living man in the US, 112).


Dumbledore Bear, our in-house psychic predicts that the following numbers will be lucky:
1, 39, 44, 54, 55, 59
[UK National Lottery, number range 1-59]
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    Little Jennifer and Little Mary were discussing their grandparents. "My Grandad is 85," Little Mary said. "How old is you Granny?"
    Little Jennifer thought for a moment. "I don't know," she said, "but we've had her all my life so she must be quite old!"

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