Here are all the stories, links, videos or whatever it is i’ve talked about on todays Breakfast with Baker radio show on 2NSB FM99.3 – If you’re in Sydney then you should be able to pick up the signal but if you can’t then you can stream live by clicking the link.
May 29 is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 216 days remaining until the end of the year.
First up is ‘On this day in History’
- 1848 – Wisconsin is admitted as the 30th U.S. state.
- 1886 – The Pharmacist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, the ad appearing in The Atlanta Journal.
- 1919 – Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity is tested (later confirmed) by Arthur Eddington and Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin.
- 1942 – Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra record Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”, the best-selling Christmas single in history.
- 1953 – Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay’s (adopted) 39th birthday.
- 1973 – Tom Bradley is elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, California.
- 1982 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.
- 1982 – Falklands War: British forces defeat the Argentines at the Battle of Goose Green.
- 1985 – Heysel Stadium disaster: 39 association football fans die and hundreds are injured when a dilapidated retaining wall collapses.
- 1988 – The U.S. President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union when he arrives in Moscow for a superpower summit with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
- 1999 – Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
We now move to ‘Born on this day’
1630 – Charles II of England (d. 1685)
1903 – Bob Hope, English-American comedian and actor (d. 2003)
1917 – John F. Kennedy, American politician, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963)
1921 – Norman Hetherington, Australian cartoonist and puppeteer (d. 2010)
Norman Frederick Hetherington OAM (29 May 1921 – 6 December 2010) was an Australian artist, etcher, cartoonist (known as “Heth”), puppeteer, and puppet designer.
He is best remembered today as the creator of the long-running Australian children’s television show Mr. Squiggle, and as the sole operator and voice of its star performer, the Mr. Squiggle marionette.
- 1934 – Nanette Newman, English actress and author
- 1939 – Al Unser, American race car driver
Alfred “Al” Unser (born May 29, 1939) is a former American automobile racing driver, the younger brother of fellow racing drivers Jerry and Bobby Unser, and father of Al Unser, Jr.. He is the second of three men to have won the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race four times, the fourth of five to have won the race in consecutive years, and won in American Championship Car Racing in 1970, 1983, and 1985. He is the only person to have both a sibling (Bobby) and child (Al Jr.) as fellow Indy 500 winners. Al’s nephews Johnny and Robby Unser have also competed in that race.
After his son Al Jr. joined the top circuit in 1983, Unser has generally been known by the retronymic name of “Al Unser, Sr.” He is also the oldest ever winner of the Great race.
- 1941 – Doug Scott, English mountaineer
Douglas Keith Scott CBE, known as Doug Scott (born 29 May 1941), is an English mountaineer noted for the first ascent of the south-west face of Mount Everest on 24 September 1975. Scott and Dougal Haston were the first Britons to climb Everest during this expedition. In receiving one of mountaineering’s highest honours, the Lifetime Achievement Piolet d’Or, his personal style and climbs were described as “visionary”.
- 1945 – Gary Brooker, English singer-songwriter and musician (Procol Harum and The Paramounts)
- 1949 – Brian Kidd, English footballer
- 1949 – Francis Rossi, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Status Quo)
- 1956 – La Toya Jackson, American singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman, author, and activist
- 1959 – Rupert Everett, English actor
Rupert James Hector Everett (/ˈɛvərɪt/; born 29 May 1959) is an English actor. He first came to public attention in 1981, when he was cast in Julian Mitchell’s play and subsequent film Another Country (1984) as an openly gay pupil at an English public school in the 1930s. He has since appeared in many other films, including My Best Friend’s Wedding, An Ideal Husband, The Next Best Thing and the Shrek sequels.
- 1963 – Ukyo Katayama, Japanese race car driver
Ukyo Katayama (片山 右京 Katayama Ukyō?, born May 29, 1963) is a Japanese racing driver, most notable for competing six years in Formula One. He participated in 97 Grands Prix, debuting on March 1, 1992. He scored a total of five championship points, all of them for the Tyrell team in 1994.
He also competed in the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 2nd overall and 1st in the GTP class.
- 1967 – Noel Gallagher, English singer-songwriter and musician (Oasis)
- 1970 – Roberto Di Matteo, Italian footballer
- 1971 – Bernd Mayländer, German race car driver
- 1972 – Simon Jones, English singer and musician (The Verve and The Shining)
- 1974 – Stephen Larkham, Australian rugby player
- 1975 – Melanie Brown, English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Spice Girls)
- 1978 – Pelle Almqvist, Swedish singer-songwriter and bassist (The Hives)
- 1981 – Andrei Arshavin, Russian footballer
And a couple of notable deaths on this day
- 1997 – Jeff Buckley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Gods and Monsters) (b. 1966)
- 2010 – Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (b. 1936)
And now for the real day!!
On this day in history
- 1959 – The Auckland Harbour Bridge, crossing the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand, is officially opened by Governor-General Lord Cobham.
How about those Biggest Loser winners! https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/television/robyn-and-katie-are-this-year8217s-biggest-losers-after-shedding-more-than-86-kilograms/story-e6frfmyi-1226652566754
Great news that they’re spending a few quid on the Sydney Harbour bridge: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-harbour-bridges-toxic-makeover/story-fni0cx12-1226653348996