Wednesday, 10 February 2016

On This Day In History 10th February


On This Day in 1840, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert married in the Chapel Royal, St James' Palace, London. The two of them were a young couple madly in love.

Hard to picture Victoria as a young woman who has plenty of needs, or in fact Prince Albert as a young man with some really kinky needs, they were, once upon a time.

They spent their entire wedding night making very strange noises in their bedroom. Probably totally coincidental, but the night after their wedding, Queen Victoria spent it lying down with a very bad headache. Although, she did write a letter to Albert, by way of her diary, conveying her thoughts and feelings.

I NEVER, NEVER spent such an evening!
My Dearest DEAREST DEAR Albert ... his excessive love and affection
gave me feelings of heavenly love and happiness
I never could have hoped to have felt before.
He clasped me in his arms, and we kissed each other again and again.
His beauty, his sweetness and gentleness ....
The rest of it gets a bit raunchy. And, just in case you were wondering, that was actually a real excerpt from her diary. No, I didn't embellish it at all.
Also in the news On This Day In History
On This Day in 1567, the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots (her execution was covered on Monday's blog post), Lord Darnley, was found strangled at Kirk o' Field House in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was found after two separate explosions rocked the very foundations of the house.

The explosions emanated from two barrels of gunpowder strategically placed beneath Lord Darnley's bedchamber.

Darnley was found dead later that night outside with his valet, also dead, surrounded by a cloak, dagger, a chair and a goat. Wait, he was outside with his valet, in his nightgown, with a goat?

Oh, oops, not a goat. That should read "a coat". Easy mistake to make. But I should be more careful. That's how rumours start.

Lord Darnley was outside in just his nightshirt, with no injuries from the explosions. His valet was lying beside him, completely nekkid, with a charred hedgehog lodged inside his bottom and Lord Darnley's lipstick on his fun-stick.
As no injuries from the explosions were present, the cause of death was determined to be strangulation.

Mary, Queen of Scots, was not present that night. She had chosen to attend the wedding of one of her servants at Holyrood.
The Start of Skynet and the Terminators

On This Day in 1996, Deep Blue, the IBM supercomputer, defeated the Russian Chess Master, Gary Kasparov, in a game of chess. It then went on to defeat Mickey Mouse, in a game of hide-and-seek. Deep Blue now controls check-out number four in a Walmart in Virginia.
Celebrity Birthdays
On This Day in 1930, Robert John Wagner, Jr, was born. Better known for starring in television show Hart to Hart, he also had a recurring role in Two and a Half Men, and plays Anthony DiNozzo Senior in the greatest police drama of all time (apart from The Bill) NCIS.

On This Day in 1967, Vince Gilligan was born. He's the guy behind Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and of course as a writer and producer for The X-Files.

On This Day in 1981, Holly Willoughby was born. She is an English television presenter best known for being Phillip Schofield's trusted assistant in the television show Dancing On Ice. And his giggly puppet on the morning show cleverly titled, This Morning.

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