Curious Daily Facts

On this day….

Included in the membership as a Knight of the Royal Oak are facts from British history for each day. These will only be available through a private forum.  Here is a sample of information which were provided by “The Times” newspaper.

12th September

1970 Concorde landed for the first time at London Heathrow giving rise to noise complaints.

14th September

2007 Northern Rock became the first British bank in 150 years to fail during a run on the bank by customers withdrawing their savings.

15th September

1830 William Huskisson, MP for Liverpool, became the world’s first railway fatality after an accident at the opening of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway.

17th September

1683 Dutch scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek wrote to the Royal Society reporting his discovery of live bacteria.

21st September

1327 King Edward II died aged 43 at Berkeley castle, Gloucestershire, reputedly murdered by his wife Isabella and her lover Mortimer.

22nd September

1735 Sir Robert Walpole became the first prime minister to reside at 10 Downing Street.

25th September

1818 The first transfusion using human blood was performed by James Blundell at Guy’s Hospital in London.

28th September

1745 “God Save the King” was sung for the first time at the Drury Lane Theatre, London.

Quotation of the Day

Each day we will publish a fresh quote that will provoke Knights and Dames to think outside of their comfort zone.  These will only be available through a private forum.

Saving is a very fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.

Winston Churchill 1874-1965 – British Prime Minister

All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.

Spike Milligan 1918-2002 – Irish comedian

English law does not permit good persons, as such, to strangle bad persons, as such.

TH Huxley 1825-95 – English biologist

Playing Bop is like scrabble with all the vowels missing.

Duke Ellington 1899-1974 – American jazz pianist and composer

When sharing a cramped office. One square foot less and it would be adulterous.

Robert Benchley 1889-1945 – American humorist

The only thing for old age is a brave face, a good tailor and comfortable shoes.

Alan Ayckbourn 1939 – English dramatist

It is better to be vaguely right than exactly wrong.

Carveth Read 1848-1931 – English philosopher

All men are children anyway and if you understand that, a woman understands everything.

Coco Chanel 1883-1971 – French couturiere

A gourmet can tell from the flavour whether a woodcock’s leg is the one on which the bird is accustomed to roost.

Lucius Beebe 1902-66 – American writer