on : this day

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

1980 – Cliff Richard received his OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
celebrity : birthdays

1947 – David Essex, English singer-songwriter
1950 – Ian Thomas, Canadian singer-songwriter
1961 – Woody Harrelson, American actor
1962 – Eriq La Salle, American actor
1965 – Slash, English-American guitarist and songwriter
1967 – Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor (died in 2014)
1968 – Stephanie Seymour, American model and actress
1970 – Charisma Carpenter, American actress
1971 – Alison Krauss, American singer-songwriter and fiddler
1980 – Sandeep Parikh, American actor
1980 – Michelle Williams, American singer-songwriter
1982 – Paul Wesley, American actor
1989 – Daniel Radcliffe, English actor
1996 – Alexandra Andresen, Norwegian heiress and equestrian

what : day is it
USA: National Vanilla Ice Cream Day.
this day : in history

1912 – The birth of the actor Michael Wilding. He appeared in numerous British films, often opposite Anna Neagle. 

1913 – Michael Foot, Former Labour Party leader (1980-83), was born.

1940 – The Local Defence Volunteers were renamed the Home Guard by Winston Churchill.

1955 – British speed enthusiast Donald Campbell broke the world water speed record on Ullswater, in the Lake District, when his jet-propelled hydroplane – Bluebird, reached 202.32mph. (Note:- Donald Campbell died on 4th January 1967 in his attempt to break his own world water speed record on Coniston Water in the Lake District.

1957 – There were violent scenes around Britain as the strike by busmen entered its fourth day.

1980 – Cliff Richard received his OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

1984 – A government report into cancer levels near the controversial nuclear plant at Sellafield in Cumbria confirmed suspicions of higher than-normal levels of leukaemia in the area, but said it could not definitely link this to the nuclear plant itself.

1986 – Prince Andrew, the second son, and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey. Their divorce in May 1996 attracted a high level of media coverage.

1995 – Britain sent 1,200 troops to relieve the besieged Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.

1996 – The BSE scare was extended after laboratory research showed that mad cow disease could also be transmitted to sheep.

1997 – Tony Blair’s Government announced that students would have to pay tuition fees and that maintenance grants would be abolished.

1997 – History was made when for the first time in 127 years hen harriers were raised in Derbyshire, 1500 feet above the Goyt Valley near Buxton.

2008 – ‘Back-from-the-dead’ canoeist John Darwin and his wife Anne were jailed for more than six years for fraudulently claiming £250,000. The couple had conned family, friends, police and insurance companies into believing that Mr Darwin drowned in the North Sea off Teesside in 2002.

2009 – The number of new swine flu infections in England doubled, with an estimated 100,000 new cases of swine flu recorded in one week.

2014 – The 20th Commonwealth Games opened in Celtic Park, Glasgow.

trivia : and shower thoughts

Clarke’s Law of Revolutionary Ideas: Every revolutionary idea – in Science, Politics, Art or Whatever – evokes three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the three phrases: > 1. “It is completely impossible – don’t waste my time.” 2. “It is possible, but it is not worth doing.” 3. “I said it was a good idea all along.”

The Capital of Monaco is Monaco

“Some people play hard to get. I play hard to want.” – Ford Fairlane (Andrew Dice Clay) #moviequotes

Biggest film of 1953: Peter Pan (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $87,000,000

If a thief uses 1234 as a PIN number, they could access funds in almost 1 out of every 9 wallets they steal.

“You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” – Marie “Slim” Browning (Lauren Bacall) in To Have and Have Not (1944).

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – Benjamin Button in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button #moviequotes

William Penn is one of eight people to have been granted “Honorary Citizenship” by the United States

A hundred-acre wood is a really big forest to let a kid wander around in with his stuffed animals.

One of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World: Lighthouse of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt, built ~280 BC, abandoned by 1323 AD