Add Your Piece of History… 27th May

27 May
  • On this day in 1995.  ‘Superman’ actor Christopher Reeve was paralysed after a horse riding accident.  Reeve was riding his horse “Eastern Express” cross country, at the Commonwealth Park equestrian centre in Culpeper, Virginia.  Approaching the third of 18 jumps, a triple-bar just over a meter high, the horse made an abrupt refusal, throwing Reeve to the ground, where he landed on his head.  With the support of his wife Dana, they opened the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Centre, a centre devoted to teaching paralysed people to live more independently.  Reeve died of heart failure at the age of 52, on the 10th of October 2004.
  • On this day in 1937.  The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was opened to pedestrian traffic.  The following day, President Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington DC, signalling the start of vehicle traffic over the Bridge.  The Golden Gate Bridge has been declared one of the modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • On this day in 1922.  Christopher Lee celebrates his birthday today, he turns 91.  Lee was born in Belgravia, Westminster, London.  Lee stared in movie’s such as ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film series, Star Wars prequel trilogy, The Hobbit film series, Dracula and James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun.  

Please feel free to add your piece of history (something personal or just general history).

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA a...

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA at sunset taken from the Marin Headlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Juxtaposed images of Superman and Clark Kent

Christopher Reeve as Superman and Clark Kent (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christopher Lee as Count Dracula.

Christopher Lee as Count Dracula. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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4 Responses to “Add Your Piece of History… 27th May”

  1. barbmca May 27, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    I love looking around your blog

    • 09history - Emma May 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      Awww thank you so much Barbara! We are so glad to hear you love to come and visit. I love reading your poetry and admiring your beautiful photos, especially your old building photos! Thank you for your comment 🙂

  2. catnipoflife May 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    On May 27, 1941, the British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France. The German death toll was more than 2,000.

    • 09history - Emma May 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      Thank you Sharla for adding a piece of history! The hard thing about history I feel is the sad pieces, luckily there is always some happy times to bring smiles to our faces.

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