Wednesday, 30 August 2017
#52Stories, Week 27, What do you know about the day that you were born ? What stories have you been told about your birth ?
Well, I know which day I was born, and I know which day of the week it was. But I don’t know too much about the day itself.
September – so early spring – but whether it was filled with sunshine and blue skies or cool breezes and spring showers, I don’t know.
Friday’s child is loving and giving. Did my parents have plans for the weekend ? Or were they just planning on waiting for me to show up ?
So from the wonderful world of the interweb :
· Duke Ellington won Springarn Medal for his musical achievements
· US Congress passed a bill authorising food stamps for poor Americans
· Elroy Face’s 22 game win streak ends as Dodgers beat Pirates 5-4
· Oriole Jerry Walker pitches 16 inn beating White Sox 1-0
· Dwight D Eisenhower was President of the US
· Harold McMillan was Prime Minister of Great Britain
· Walter Nash was Prime Minister of New Zealand
· Keith Holyoake was the Leader of the Opposition
· Viscount Cobham was Governor-General
· Denis Rogers became Mayor of Hamilton (Dove=Myer Robinson became Mayor of Auckland and Frank Kitts was Mayor of Wellington)
· Auckland Harbour Bridge had been open for 3 months
· The British Lions were on tour – the AB’s won of course ! 18-17, 11-8, 22-8 before the Lions won the 4th match 9-6. Wilson Whineray and Colin Meads were young All Blacks
· The new Wellington airport opened at Rongotai
· New Zealand and 11 other countries active in Antarctic during the Geophysical Year signed the Antarctic Treaty
· Turners and Growers announced that it would now export the Chinese gooseberry under the name “kiwifruit”
· The first discovery of gas at Kapuni was made
· The New Zealand Broadcasting Service made the country’s first experimental television broadcast from the roof of the 1YA studio in Shortland Street, Auckland
· Bruce Mason’s one man play “The end of the golden weather” was debuted
· Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham raced for the chequered flag in the New Zealand Grand Prix at Ardmore in front of 80000 people. Moss won. Bruce McLaren came 3rd.
· President Eisenhower was preparing for the visit to the US of Nikita Khrushchev
· Living Doll by Cliff Richard & the Drifters was #1 in the UK and
· The Three Bells by The Browns was #1 in the US
There you have it – not everything happened on my birthday – but in the end it was a pretty good list of things for the year.