May 23rd / 2023

View todays celebrity birthdays and find out what happened in history today.

1956 – The first large-scale nuclear power station was opened at Calder Hall, Cumbria. It was decommissioned after producing electricity for almost 50 years.

Celebrity birthdays

Dillie (Louise) Keane, actress/comedian, 71; Gerry Armstrong, footballer, 69; Simon Gilbert, drummer (Suede) 58; Phil Selway, drummer (Radiohead), 56; Jewel (Kilcher) singer-songwriter, 49; Richard Jones, bassist (Stereophonics) 49; Richard Ayoade, comedy actor/director/writer, 46; Heidi Range, singer, (Sugarbabes) 40; Angelo Ogbonna, footballer, 35; Joe Gomez, footballer, 26.
What day is it
May 23rd is also known as Lucky Penny Day, Taffy Day and Turtle Day.
This day in history

1918 – The birth of Denis Compton CBE, English cricketer and footballer He played in 78 Test matches, spent the whole of his cricket career with Middlesex and most of his football career at Arsenal F.C.

1921 – The birth of Humphrey Lyttelton, English jazz musician and broadcaster.

1931 – The official opening of Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable, in Bedfordshire.

1933 – Joan Collins, English actress was born.

1934 – Police killed Bonnie and Clyde. After studying the gang’s movements, police set up a trap for Bonnie and Clyde, which ended up being successful. The police emptied their guns on a car with the duo inside, shooting about 130 rounds.

1945 – World War II: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, committed suicide by means of a potassium cyanide capsule while in Allied custody, awaiting trial with other German leaders as a war criminal at Nuremberg.

1956 – The first large-scale nuclear power station was opened at Calder Hall, Cumbria. It was decommissioned after producing electricity for almost 50 years.

1966 – The British government declared a state of emergency a week after the nation’s seamen strike began.

1984 – Sixteen people died and dozens more were injured in an underground explosion whilst visiting a water treatment plant in the village of Abbeystead, near Lancaster.

1995 – Twelve members of a Royal British Legion tour party on a day trip were killed when their coach plunged down an embankment on the M4 near the Severn Bridge.

2014 – Stuart Hall, the 84 year old former TV presenter, was told that he will now not be eilgible for release until December 2015 as he was sentenced for further child sex assaults. Hall was sentenced to 15 months in jail in June 2013 for sexually abusing girls, including one aged 9 years old.

2014 – Judges ruled that the remains of Richard III should be given a dignified reburial in Leicester, as the Justice Secretary attacked his distant relatives for wasting public money by challenging to have him interred elsewhere. Richard III’s body was buried in the now demolished Franciscan Friary in Leicester and was discovered in September 2012 under what had become a car park.

2019 – Richard Ashcroft regained the rights to his song Bitter Sweet Symphony after more than two decades. The Verve singer had lost the rights to his most recognisable song because the strings sample from an orchestral version of the Rolling Stones song The Last Time was used without permission resulting in all writing royalties being awarded to former Stones/Beatles manager Allen Klein’s company ABKO.

Trivia and shower thoughts

When I can’t spell a word I just randomly type letters that I think would spell the word and just hope auto-correct saves my.

“Please note that WinRAR is not free software. After a 40 day trial period, you must buy a license or remove it from your computer.” It’s been a long 40 days.

“A recent survey for North American males found 42% were overweight, 34% were critically obese and 8% ate the survey.” – Banksy

A great many problems do not have accurate answers but do have approximate answers, from which sensible decisions can be made.

The Capital of Spain is Madrid

Stephanie Powers – Real Name: Stefania Federkiewicz

We’ve spent so long worrying about the rise of ‘Big Brother’ but in the end with memes and camera-wielding social crusaders, we’ve created it ourselves.

Caterpillar comes from an old French word for “Shaggy Cat”.

TV Quotes… “The truth is out there” (Fox Mulder) on The X-Files

A seed is a small embryonic plant that is enclosed in a seed coat; a nut, on the other hand, is a hard-shelled fruit that contains a single seed.

It’s gonna be interesting watching HGTV in 10 years when the open floor concept goes out of style and these people are gonna be throwing up walls all over the house.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is basically called Extra-Terrestrial the Extra-Terrestrial.

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