Billsboard: On this day…

Posted on March 20, 2013


March 20th.


1888 – On this day in 1888, the very first Romani language operetta premiered in Moscow, entitled ‘Children of the Forests’. It was a massive success and ran for 18 straight years. It was performed solely by the Romani Troupe, a group established years prior who had been performing operettas in Russia for a few years before, all be it in different languages.

1916 – Einstein, that clever bloke with the big hair, published his general theory of relativity on this day 97 years ago. I’ve never really understood it, but its something along the lines of declaring that space and time are 2 parts of the same thing, and are curved by the presence of gravity, matter, momentum and energy, or something. This is where E = MC2 comes from. Clever boy.

1999 – Legoland California opens. It was the first, and still is the first, Legoland outside of Europe. I never cared for Lego as a child, mostly because it was really lame.

2003 – The illegal invasion of Iraq begins. Not a single criminal who took part in the planning and execution of the war has been arrested, charged or indicted. No one has been held legally accountable for over a million deaths and the complete pillaging of a nation. 10 years ago today, this particular crime scene was established.

Ironically, today is the UN International Day of Happiness.

Big massive Happy Birthdays to Sting (not the singer, the wrestler), Dave Beasant, Paul Merson and Tamim Iqbal!

Big massive commiserations to the families of Isaac Newton (1726), Lev Yashin (1990) and Big John Studd (1995).

On March 20th 2013, John Bills worked for 7 and a half hours, and will spend the evening having a quiet pint with his good buddy Tom.

Have a great day.