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18th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1971 Lance Armstrong (cyclist – won Tour de France seven times, but got banned for using drugs)

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Died:

1970 Jimi Hendrix (guitarist – Purple Haze)

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On This Day:

2017 Hurricane Maria destroys 90% of the structures in the Dominica and kills 27 people

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Have a good Tuesday, 18th September

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14th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1957 Kepler Wessels (South African cricketer)

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Died:

2009 Patrick Swayze (actor & dancer – Dirty Dancing)

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On This Day:

2012 Ferry sinks off Indonesia, killing 21

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Have a good Friday, 14th September

13th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1916 Roald Dahl (author – Charlie And The Chocolate Factory)

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Died:

1996 Tupac Shakur (rapper & actor)

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On This Day:

1979 Venda is granted independence by South Africa (but not recognised outside of South Africa)

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Have a good Thursday, 13th September

12th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1944 Barry White (singer)

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Died:

2003 Johnny Cash (country singer)

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On This Day:

1848 Switzerland becomesĀ  federal state

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Have a good Wednesday, 12th September

Piano

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Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings
And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.

In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song
Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong
To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside
And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide.

So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour
With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.

 

– David Herbert Lawrence

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7th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1936 Buddy Holly (singer, musician – Peggy Sue)

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Died:

1978 Keith Moon (drummer – The Who)

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On This Day:

1980 Cape Verde adopts its constitution

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Have a good Friday, 7th September

6th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1974 Tim Henman (tennis champion)

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Died:

2007 Luciano Pavarotti (singer – tenor)

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On This Day:

1620 The Mayflower leaves Plymouth carrying pilgrims and settlers to the New World

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Have a good Thursday, 6th September