22 December-Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter was a native of England. She is best known as the author and illustrator of over 20 children’s books starring such characters as Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Benjamin Bunny. Potter was also a successful farmer, conservationist and natural scientist. She left much of her land holdings to the National Trust, part of which now constitutes the Lake District National Park in England.
Helen Beatrix Potter was born at West Brompton, Kensington, London, on July 28th 1866. She was educated privately by governesses. During her childhood she spent her holidays in the Lake District and in Scotland where she developed a strong interest in the flora and fauna of the countryside. She published her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902. The publication was a success and was followed by more than 20 other children’s books.
In 1905 Potter moved to live in the Lake District where she bought Hill Top Farm. She continued to write but in later years she purchased additional farms and concentrated on farming. Her books are still popular with children worldwide. They continue to sell and are often depicted in film.
Beatrix Potter, best known as the author and illustrator of over 20 children’s books starring such characters as Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Benjamin Bunny, died aged 77 in the year 1943 On This Day.

14 December-Corn Flakes

John Harvey Kellogg was a medical doctor and businessman who was a native of the USA. With his brother Will Keith Kellogg he co-invented the breakfast cereal, corn flakes. It has been said that the invention of corn flakes ‘changed the breakfast landscape forever’
The Kellogg Company was established on February 19th 1906 by Will Keith Kellogg while working at the Battle Creek Sanitarium with his brother John Harvey. Today the Kellogg Company is a multinational food-manufacturing company which has its headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan in the United States. Producing cereals and convenience foods, Kellogg’s has manufacturing facilities in 18 countries around the world. Its largest factory is based in Manchester, England.
John Harvey Kellogg, medical doctor and businessman who co-invented the breakfast cereal corn flakes, died aged 91 in the year 1943 On This Day.

26 July-Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger is a singer and songwriter who is a native of England. He is the lead singer with the rock band, The Rolling Stones. Jagger was one the founding members of the band in 1962. During a career that has spanned more than four decades he has become a rock legend. He was knighted for his services to music in 2003 and was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

Michael Philip Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent in 1943. Having finished second level education in 1961 he enrolled in the London School of Economics. He left in 1963 to concentrate on his musical career with the Rolling Stones. With major hits such as ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, ‘Angie’, and ‘Miss You’ the Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones became well known international performers.

The Rolling Stones made their first tour of Ireland in January 1965. They gave performances in Belfast at the ABC Theatre on January 6th, in Dublin at the Adelphi Theatre on January 7th and in Cork at the Savoy Theatre on January 8th. On that occasion the first documentary film was made about the Rolling Stones and was called Charlie Is My Darling. The band did a second Irish tour on 3rd and 4th of September 1965.

During the years Mick Jagger has been a frequent visitor to Ireland staying at venues such as Borris House in County Carlow, Rossenarra House in County Kilkenny and Russborough House in County Wicklow. In 1982 and 2007 the Rolling Stones was the headline act in concerts at Slane Castle in County Meath.

Mick Jagger was born in the year 1943 On This Day.

Mick Jagger





25 February-George Harrison

George Harrison was a guitarist, singer, songwriter and film producer. He was the lead guitarist of the world famous rock group the Beatles. The band was one of the most commercially successful in music history.

George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England in February 1943. Interested in music from a young age he was given his first guitar at age 14 by his father. He learned to play the guitar and formed his own band called the Rebels.

Harrison met Paul McCartney on the school bus and later joined McCartney and John Lennon as a member of the Quarrymen. The Quarrymen would eventually become the Beatles in August 1960 and would be joined by Ringo Starr. The Beatles disbanded in 1970 and Harrison pursued a successful solo career. He also established a movie production company. He died at the age of 58 in Los Angeles, California on November 29th 2001.

George Harrison was born in the year 1943 On This Day.

George Harrison


10 July-Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe was a World No. 1 tennis player. He is the only African-American male tennis player to win the United States, Wimbledon and Australian Opens. He is the first black American to be ranked number 1 tennis player in the world. Ashe was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.

Arthur Robert Ashe was born in Richmond, Virginia, USA in 1943. He began playing tennis at the age of seven. Ashe, in 1963, became the first African-American to be a member of the United States Davis Cup team. He played with the Davis Cup team for ten years winning in 1968, 1969 and 1970. He won the US Open in 1968, Australian Open 1970, French Open in 1970 and 1971 and Wimbledon in 1975.

In July 1979 Arthur Ashe suffered a heart attack. He had just completed a coaching session for underprivileged children in New York City. Ashe later underwent heart surgery during which he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion. He established programmes to raise awareness of, and to help fight the disease. Arthur Ashe died of Aids-related pneumonia on February 6th 1993. He was just 49 years old.

Arthur Ashe, the first African American number 1 tennis player in the world, was born in the year 1943 On This Day.

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