on : this day

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

1970: Edwin Land patents the Polaroid camera.
celebrity : birthdays
Ken Loach, director, 85; Chris Spedding, session guitarist, 77; Eddy Merckx, cycling champion, 76; Tony Roche, tennis legend, 76; Ken Livingstone, politician, 76; Barry Manilow (Pincus), singer, 75; Guy Evans, drummer (Van der Graaf Generator) 74; Philip Chevron, guitarist (The Pogues) 64; Bobby Farrelly, director, 63; Thomas Haden Church, actor, 61; Greg Kinnear, actor, 58; Jason Patric, actor, 55; Venus Williams, tennis champion, 41; Lee Ryan, singer (Blue) 38; Kendrick Lamar, hip hop artist, 34.
what : day is it
USA: National Career Nurse Assistants Day. USA: National Apple Strudel Day. USA: National Cherry Tart Day. USA: National Eat Your Vegetables Day. USA: National Stewart’s Root Beer Day. USA: National Dump the Pump Day. United Kingdom: Clean Air Day. United Nations: Desertification Day
this day : in history

1462 – Vlad III the Impaler attempted to assassinate Mehmed II, forcing him to retreat from Wallachia, in Romania. 

1631 – Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, spent the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.

June 17, 1703 (fiction) Lemuel Gulliver was trapped in Brobdingnag, Gulliver’s Travels, Book

1837 – Charles Goodyear obtained his first rubber-processing patent (#240). The success of his company came after he died in 1860.

1852 – W.H. Fancher and C.M. French of Waterloo, N.Y. received a patent (#35,600) for a combined plow and gun. Yes, you read that correctly.

1898 – The United States Navy Hospital Corps was established.

1944 – Iceland declared independence from Denmark and becomes a republic.

1963 – The US Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in Abington School District v. Schempp, against requiring the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord’s Prayer in public schools.

1969 – Broadway Show – Oh! Calcutta! (Review) June 17, 1969

1987 – Florida’s Dusky Seaside Sparrow became extinct when ‘Orange band’, the last known of the species, died.

1989 #1 Hit June 17, 1989 – June 23, 1989: New Kids on the Block – I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)

1994 – All major networks provided live coverage of the O.J. Simpson low-speed car chase in the White Bronco. The chase concluded with Simpson’s surrender to authorities in front of his mansion in Brentwood, CA.

2006 #1 Hit June 17, 2006 – June 30, 2006: Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean – Hips Don’t Lie

trivia : and shower thoughts

“The only way to get smarter is by playing a smarter opponent.” 

The biggest film of 2008: The Dark Knight (Action) earned ~ $533,000,000

The first child to own a stuffed Paddington Bear was Top Gear/Grand Tour’s Jeremy Clarkson.

“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca, 1942

A group of Crocodiles is called a Bask or Float.

It amazes me how we can seamlessly read the same word twice in a sentence, pronouncing them differently, without even realizing that we read that word twice.

A and W was the first franchisee-owned restaurant chain in the United States.

Drug-resistant bacteria are like that hero in action movies who witnessed his entire family get murdered before his eyes and now has grown up, become extremely deadly, and now want revenge against us.

The Capital of Senegal is Dakar

Popeye was created by Elzie Crisler Segar and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929.

Why is it a Whitman Sampler if they don’t sell individual chocolates?