DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 18th September 2019
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 18th September 2019
A slightly different I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK for this week. Only six items but in much more detail. The first five tell of small actions which affected world events. The sixth item shows just how trends happen in the background and creep up on us.
- Buddy Holly’s Desire To Do Laundry Changed Rock History
One of the most infamous moments in music history is February 3, 1959, otherwise known as “The Day the Music Died.” That day, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and JP Richardson, Jr. (also known as the Big Bopper), all famous musicians, were killed when their small plane crashed in Iowa. As it turns out, they were only on that plane due to a rash, and seemingly inconsequential, decision by Holly.
They had all been on the road for a while and were beginning to run out of clean clothes. They were scheduled to take a bus to their next show in Minnesota, but Holly really wanted some clean clothes and convinced the others to charter a plane with him so they could arrive early and do everyone’s laundry. This desire for fresh skivvies proved to be fatal.
- Gavrilo Princip And A Wrong Turn Brought On WWI
Gavrilo Princip thought he missed out on his shot to alter history. He was part of a Bosnian militant group that sought to oust the rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and that meant he had a problem with Archduke Franz Ferdinand. On June 28, 1914, Princip and others planned to assassinate Ferdinand as his car paraded by. They threw a bomb under the car, but the explosion was delayed, and Ferdinand escaped unharmed. A while later, Ferdinand decided to visit the victims of the attack at a local hospital, and he instructed his driver to take a different route than the one he was on before.
The driver took a wrong turn, ended up on the exact same street, and drove right by Gavrilo Princip, who was still there. Princip couldn’t believe his luck, and he walked up to take the shot that would spark World War I.
- Stanislav Petrov Singlehandedly Saved The World From Nuclear War
Everyone in the world owes a great debt of gratitude to Stanislav Petrov, yet few even know his name. If not for Petrov, a nuclear war would almost certainly have erupted between the United States and the Soviet Union, and it would have devastated humankind.
On September 26, 1983, Petrov was working at his job monitoring the Soviets’ early warning systems. Several sensors went off, indicating that the United States had launched missiles towards them, which meant it was Petrov’s job to begin returning fire. Sensing something was amiss, he quickly decided to delay telling his superiors, knowing the awful repercussions for the world if he did.
Faced with such a decision, weighing the potential for apocalyptic warfare against the profound personal repercussions if he was mistaken, Petrov hesitated. Eventually, the triggered sensors proved to be a false alarm, meaning that Petrov’s decision to disobey his duty – a deliberate disavowal – saved not just his country, but also the world.
- MLK Improvised ‘I Have A Dream’
If there’s one Martin Luther King Jr. quote that everyone knows, it’s “I have a dream!” This line came as part of a powerful and inspiring speech on civil rights delivered by the Reverend on August 28, 1963 in front of the Lincoln Memorial. In it, King espoused his vision of a future that included racial harmony, framed around the idea of a “dream” he had. However, originally, there wasn’t meant to be any mention of dreaming.
King had an entire speech written and prepared, but when Mahalia Jackson, a gospel singer in the audience, shouted “tell ’em about the dream,” King started to improvise. He began speaking from the heart, not his prepared notes, and the result was perhaps the greatest example of public speaking in American history.
- A Last-Minute Officer Change Doomed The Titanic
The sinking of the Titanic is one of the greatest naval tragedies in history, even if half of the populace thinks it’s an entirely fictional Leonardo DiCaprio film. The ship, famously described as “unsinkable,” hit an iceberg in the Atlantic and, well, sank shortly thereafter. There is plenty of blame to be passed around for the massive loss of life on that night, but one portion belongs to a last-minute decision to switch officers.
Second Officer David Blair was removed from the crew just before the ship set sail, and he totally forgot to hand in his key to a locker that contained binoculars for the lookout. The ship had set off before he realized, and so the crew had to watch for icebergs using only their eyes. Obviously, this proved woefully inadequate.
- Analysts say there is a “casual dining crunch” after more than 1,400 UK restaurants collapsed in the year since June 2018.
The Guardian says customers are “turning their backs” on chains such as Byron, Strada and Gourmet Burger Kitchen as it is revealed that number of restaurants falling into insolvency in the year to the end of June 2019 increased by 25% compared to 2018, with 1,412 outlets shutting their doors for good.
Researchers also found that the UK’s top 100 restaurants made an £82m loss in the last year, down from a pre-tax profit of £102m 12 months earlier, City AM says.
The accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young said the rapid rise of the casual dining sector since 2008 financial crisis has led to an oversaturated mid-market, but a spokesman insisted that it is not only the household-name chains that are suffering.
“The crisis in the restaurant sector has been presented as a problem only for the chains that had lost touch with their customers,” said Peter Kubik. “That’s overlooking the hundreds of small independent restaurants that have become insolvent.”
He adds that “good restaurants and bad” have been hit by “overcapacity, weak consumer spending and surging costs” in recent times.
“Having a loyal following is great,” he continues, “but if that loyal following stops going out then you have a problem. The number of restaurants whose sales are at or near capacity is pretty small – they’re the exception.”
He believes that “aggressive management of cashflow will be key in the coming months,” particularly as struggling outlets cannot “expect banks to be as generous with their lending” because of the sector’s well-publicised woes.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
One day, you’re 17 and you’re planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.
Happiness is…learning something new every day
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
I intend to live forever. So far, so good. – Steven Wright
Love is… knowing the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence
TRACK OF THE DAY
Drive – Cars
Highest Chart Position: No.4 13th October 1984
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Wednesday 18th September 2019
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