On This Day – 26th August

Posted on: Wed 26 Aug 2020

On this day in history;

In 1937, construction began on San Francisco’s first and largest artificial island, dubbed Treasure Island after the 1883 novel. After 260,000 tonnes of rock were deposited, it became the location for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, and since a naval base.

In 1970, the Isle of Wight Festival opened with an unsuccessful performance by Kris Kristofferson – who performed again after Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Supertramp, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Over 600,000 people attended the 5 day, free festival.

In 1983, the Nagisa Ōshima film Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence was released, starring David Bowie playing alongside Japanese icon Ryuichi Sakamoto – who composed the soundtrack.

Producer Leon Bishop joins Breakfast’s Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis to elaborate on these events from history.

Produced by Leon Bishop

Image sourced: NASA


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