On this day in 1986, the Musée d’Orsay opened in Paris. Situated on the left bank of the Sienne, the former Beaux-Arts railway station houses mostly French artworks dating from 1848 to 1914.
It’s Saturday 15th October, 1983, and I’m just over six months into my 11th year on the pale blue dot.
I am counting down the days till school half-term.
More importantly, it is Saturday and my attention is firmly fixed on this afternoon’s football fixture list.
Today is derby day. Aston Villa versus Birmingham City. I only know this because I have been reliably informed by our next door neighbour. As a 10-year-old in the 80s, you tend be more interested in playing football than actually watching it. Also, I have yet to be schooled on the true rivalry between the two teams. I am probably a late starter in this respect but I am not interested in one-upmanship at this stage in my life. Little do I know, however, this will become more than apparent in the years to come.
In South Africa
Nelson Piquet, lying in second place, was one of three drivers in contention to win the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship before the start of the 1983 South African Grand Prix; the other two being Alain Prost, who led the championship, and René Arnoux who was third.
The race started and Piquet passed Tambay to take the lead, with Patrese moving into second place.
Meanwhile, Arnoux retired with engine failure on lap 9.
Prost fought his way up to third place, but he also retired on lap 35 with turbo failure.
Needing only to finish fourth or higher, Piquet slowed and was overtaken by Patrese, Niki Lauda of Team McLaren and Alfa Romeo’s Andrea de Cesaris.
Lauda’s engine failed on lap 71.
The race finished with Patrese in first place, de Cesaris in second and Piquet in third, meaning Piquet won the championship by two points.
Ferrari won the Constructers’ Championship despite not finishing in the points in the last race for the second consecutive year.
Meanwhile, John Watson, completing his last full Formula One season, was disqualified for overtaking other cars on the parade lap.
Meanwhile, in Beirut, US Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut International Airport.
Supertramp, a band I won’t appreciate until later on in life, released their biggest song titled, The Logical Song.
The song is about the meaning of life and is perfect in both lyrical and melodic construction as expained in the following article by song’s writer, Roger Hodgson.
Let’s go hand in hand, not one before another.
Today, my mother gave birth to my brother and my best mate.
heat wave peaks with temperatures reaching 35.9 °C (96.6 °F) in Cheltenham.
So don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
10cc release I’m Not In Love.
Click here to buy 10CC I’m Not In Love, May 17 1975 original painting.
Malta becomes a republic.
Philippe Petit crosses between Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City high-wire walking.