Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Today's the Day - 20th August

  • 125 years ago: On this day in 1890, HP Lovecraft was born. Howard Phillips Lovecraft achieved fame posthumously through his influential horror writing and is now regarded as one of the most influential 20th century writers in this genre. Gaunt with dark eyes and a very pale face, he was very reclusive and lived very frugally. He died, aged 46 in 1937 from cancer.

  • 75 years ago: In 1940, British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force in his famous House of Commons speech, saying “ Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many, to so few.”

Bobby Moore statue at Wembley
  • 45 years ago: On this day in 1970, England football captain Bobby Moore was finally cleared of stealing an emerald bracelet in Columbia after being set-up. On 18th May, Moore and fellow England player Bobby Charlton went into a store in Bogota, looking for a present for Charlton’s wife. Upon leaving the store, the owner called the Police, accusing the star of stealing the bracelet, worth £600. A week later Moore was charged and after initially being placed under house arrest, he was freed 3 days later so that he could play in the World Cup tournament in Mexico.

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