on : this day

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

1867 – The opening of the Grand Hotel in Scarborough.
celebrity : birthdays
Ruth Buzzi, comedian, 85; Dan Hedaya, actor, 81; Chris Sarandon, actor, 79; Barbara Thompson MBE, saxophonist, 77; Robert Hays, actor, 74; Lynval Golding, guitarist (The Specials/Fun Boy Three) 70; Lynda Carter, actress, 70; Gus Van Sant, director, 69; Larry Gott, guitarist (James) 64; Paul Geary, drummer (Extreme) 60; Kerry Dixon, former footballer, 60; Martin Keown, football pundit, 55; Kristin Chenoweth, singer/actress, 53; Jennifer Lopez, actress/singer, 52; Dino Baggio, former footballer, 50; Danny Dyer, actor, 44; Rose Byrne, actress, 42; Summer Glau, actress, 40; Elisabeth Moss, actress, 39; Anna Paquin, actress, 39; Mara Wilson, actress, 34; Jay McGuiness, singer-songwriter (The Wanted) 31; Emily Bett Rickards, actress, 30; Bindy Irwin, TV personality, 23.
what : day is it
USA: National Cousins Day. USA: National Drive-Thru Day. USA: National Tequila Day. USA: National Day of the Cowboy. USA: National Thermal Engineering Day.
this day : in history

1867 – The opening of the Grand Hotel in Scarborough. At the time it was the largest hotel and the largest brick structure in Europe. The building is designed around the theme of time, with four towers to represent the seasons, 12 floors for the months of the year, 52 chimneys to symbolise the weeks, and originally there were 365 bedrooms, one for each day of the year.  

1908 – Fifty six runners began the London Marathon from Windsor Castle as part of the London Olympic Games.

1926 – The first greyhound racing track in the UK was opened, at Belle Vue, in Manchester.

1936 – The GPO (General Post Office) introduced TIM – the automated speaking clock using the voice of Miss Ethel Cain – a telephonist at the GPO’s Victoria telephone exchange in London.

1943 – World War II: The start of Operation Gomorrah saw British and Canadian aeroplanes bomb Hamburg by night, and the Americans bombed by day. By the end of the operation in November, 9,000 tons of explosives had killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed 280,000 buildings.

1966 – After a local and national campaign, the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles first performed, was re-opened. Prime Minister Harold Wilson performed the opening ceremony.

1980 – The death of Peter Sellers, British comedian and actor. He rose to fame on the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show and was the bumbling Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther film series.

1986 – ‘Live Aid’ organiser Bob Geldof was made an honorary knight of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

1987 – Former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, Jeffrey Archer, was awarded record libel damages at the High Court. The Daily Star newspaper was ordered to pay the MP £500,000 damages, along with up to £700,000 costs, for a front-page story in November 1986 alleging that Mr. Archer had paid to have sex with a prostitute. (Note:- in July 2001, Archer was found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice at the 1987 trial and was sentenced to four years in prison.)

1996 – Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen’s Christmas broadcast would no longer be a BBC exclusive.

2000 – Loyalist paramilitary hit man Michael Stone was released from the Maze prison in Northern Ireland. He was given a 684 year sentence in 1989 for six murders and five attempted murders, but was set free as part of the Good Friday peace agreement.

2013 – It was announced that the Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen would feature on the next £10 note avoiding a long-term absence of women represented on banknotes. The author replaced Charles Darwin when the new notes went into circulation on 14th September 2017.

trivia : and shower thoughts

The shortest performance to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor was Anthony Quinn’s eight-minute role as Gauguin in Lust for Life. 

The Aztec city of Tenochtitlán took conservation so seriously a person could be sentenced to death for cutting down a living tree without proper authorization.

There is no evidence Marie Antoinette ever said “let them eat cake”.

The English language used to use double negatives, until Bishop Robert Lowth, proclaimed that “Two negatives in English destroy one another, or are equivalent to an affirmative.”

The Capital of Moldova is Chisinau

“There’s no place like home.” – Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) #moviequotes

In the movie, Babe, 48 real piglets were used since they grow very quickly and all the pigs were female because the male parts would’ve been too obvious on screen.

Ibuprofen is relatively a new drug, only gaining approval in the US in 1974 and for over-the-counter purchase in 1983.

TV Quotes… “Tell me what you don’t like about yourself” (Dr. McNamara and Dr. Troy) on Nip/Tuck.

If we were alone in this universe, that would be an awful waste of space.

Biggest film of 1951: Quo Vadis (Drama) earned ~ $30,000,000

“My other interviews have pinned you as a mass murderer, bloodsucker, pimp, profiteer and my personal favourite, yuppie Mephistopheles.” – Heather Holloway #moviequotes

The average American adult reads 5 books per year.