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>Happy Birthday

Born on this day

30-Mar
1674 Jethro Tull
1853 Vincent Van Gogh
1930 Rolf Harris
1937 Warren Beatty
1940 Astrid Gilberto
1945 Eric Clapton
1949 Sue Book
1968 Celine Dion

Oh, and one other person

General Events

1842 The first surgical operation using an anaesthetic was performed by Dr. Crawford Long of Jefferson, Georgia to remove a cyst from the neck of James Venable.

1858 Pencils with attached erasers were first patented by Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia, USA.

1867 America bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. The 375 million-acre territory worked out at less than 2 cents an acre.

1978 The Conservative Party called in the advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi to give their image and that of new leader Margaret Thatcher a face-lift.

1979 Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.

1989 British Airways launched an investigation into how a Boeing 747 had been travelling back and forth across the Atlantic for 3 months carrying a stick of gelignite which police had forgotten to remove after a training exercise.

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About spen666

I'm a 40 something football fan and cyclist. I've been a football fanatic most of my life and have completed the 92 football league & premier league grounds Added to this numerous non league grounds, a number abroad and you start to get the picture. I took up cycling in around 2000. Although my father was a former World Vets Champion, I got into cycling accompanying my son to ride in London. This was followed by my commuting to work each day into Central London. Then doing some Sunday rides, then some audax events (www.audax.uk.net) and then a week's cycling holiday in France with a friend. From there, I got more and more into cycling and in 2009 completed LEJoG and in 2010 rode in the USA with the Police Unity Tour. I completed blogs for those events at www.aminearlythere.blogspot.com and www.bothesidesofthepond.blogspot.com Feel free to read them and learn more about me. I live alone which suits me as it gives me time at weekends to pursue my interests of cycling and football. (Well what did you expect me to say? That I'm sad at being single?) I'm currently looking for my next challenge. Any suggestions gratefully received.
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