Mariner Fly’s Past

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Mariner 4

This is the day when, in 1965, the Mariner 4 spacecraft flew past Mars sending back to Earth the first ever photographs of another planet.

Oddly enough, today is also Grand Marnier day. Was Mariner 4 a miss-spelling? Anyway, Grand Marnier was the invention of Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle who came up with the brilliant idea of blending Haitian oranges with the best French Cognac way back in 1880.

Not a drink the be skulled, rather one should savour the nuances of the scent while warming it in your hand before sipping it and having a warm glow spread through your belly.

Glayva is a similar Scottish drink that give the same feeling of warmth and is slightly syrupy in texture.

The Storming Of The Bastille

In 1789, the 14th of July saw the Bastille prison being stormed by masses of Frenchmen calling for it’s closure. There were 7 prisoners in there at the time. Bastille Day is a celebrated in France every year.

Sadly, today also marks the day in 2016 when on Bastille Day, a terrorist attack was carried out in Nice by using a truck to drive through the crowds killing 85 people and injuring more that 300 others.

The terrorist was shot by police.

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