"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Today is Dad's birthday. (Here he is striding out with Keith and Paddy last year.)
He was born in 1923, so I decided to do a little research to find out what was happening that year.

In 1923, Adolf Hitler launched a failed coup attempt in Bavaria, known as 'the Beer Hall Putsch'.
Time Magazine was launched.
The Yankee Stadium opened for the first time.
The Hollywood Sign (you know, that big one) was erected.
Ankara replaced Constantinople as the capital of Turkey.
The Walt Disney Company was founded.
The chimes of Big Ben were first heard on BBC
The first twenty four hours of Le Mans motor race was held.
Howard Carter entered the burial chamber of Tutankhamun.
Among famous Britons born that year were Donald Sinden, Eric Sykes, Patrick Moore and Richard Attenborough. and this was also the year that John Logie Baird brought television to the world.
Ironically, in view of this year's events, 1923 was also the year that one of the biggest earthquakes, measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale occurred at Sagami Bay near Tokyo in Japan.
Oh, and on April 16th, Dad was born.
Happy birthday, Dad!


Yorkshire Pudding said...

Happy birthday Mr Jenny's-Father! What a world you have seen in your 88 years! May you continue to stride out way past a hundred! Many happy returns sir!

Jennyta said...

He is hoping to get his birthday card from the queen in due course, YP. :)

Rosie said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad. So many things have happened and changed since he was born. You should talk to him about your family and his memories so you can record them for your grandchildren. I wish I had spent more time finding out things from my mum and dad. It would have been a lot easier when we came to research our family history. x

Jennyta said...

Well, he does keep saying he will write it all down, Rosie. I'll have to remind him again. :)

Anonymous said...

It will get finished as I promised.
There is one item missing from the 1923 list. Railways.
The many railway companies in Great Gritain were almalgamated into the Big Four --- The LMSR, LNER, Southern, and GWR.
But don't get me started on that.


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