Each New Day…
On February 1st throughout British history:
1327 14 year old Edward III was crowned King of England
1709 Scotsman Alexander Selkirk was rescued from an uninhabited desert island (Mas à Tierra, off the coast of Chile), inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
1884 The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. James Murray was its editor but he had only reached the letter T after working 44 hours per week for 35 years, people sent in their own contributions.
1915 Sir Stanley Matthews, one of the greatest English football players, was born. He is the only player to have been knighted while still playing, as well as being the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards. He played at the top level until he was 50 years old. He played his final competitive game at the age of 70.
1930 The first ever ‘Times’ crossword was published.
1939 A White Paper proposing the formation of the Home Guard (which became better known as Dad’s Army because of the average age of the volunteers) was published.
1965 P.J. Proby, the US rock singer, was banned by ABC Theatres and the BBC after he had deliberately split his trousers during his act. (Note- P.J.Proby had been banned from touring and was replaced with an unknown singer called Tom Jones!)
1979 Trevor Francis became the first £1m footballer in England, signing for Nottingham Forest.
‘…I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something’~ Steve Jobs
‘Take all the swift advantage of the hours’ ~ William Shakespeare
‘Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of’ ~ Benjamin Franklin