on : this day

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

1962 – In London, the Buckingham Palace Art Gallery officially opened to the public.
celebrity : birthdays
Manny (Manuel) Charlton, guitarist (Nazareth) 80; Bruce Woodley, singer-songwriter (The Seekers) 79; Jim McCarty, drummer (The Yardbirds) 78; Verdine White, bassist (Earth Wind and Fire) 69; Thurston Moore, guitarist (Sonic Youth) 63; Matt LeBlanc, actor, 54; Kevin Phillips, former footballer, 48; Paul Epworth, songwriter, producer, 47.
what : day is it
Russia: Navy Day. USA: National Merry-Go-Round Day. USA: National Threading the Needle Day. USA: National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. USA: National Culinarian’s Day. USA: National Parent’s Day. United Kingdom: National Wine and Cheese Day.
this day : in history

1843 – The death of Charles Macintosh, Scottish chemist and inventor. He invented waterproof clothing, hence the term Macintosh or Mac. 

1865 – The death of Dr. James (Jane) Barry, the first woman doctor (because she masqueraded as a man).

1907 – Sir Robert Baden-Powell began setting up his experimental camp on Brownsea Island near Poole to test the feasibility of Scouting.

1909 – Frenchman Louis Blériot won the Daily Mail prize for the first successful flight across the English Channel. He made the trip in 37 minutes, landing close to Dover Castle. His success delighted the French but worried the British, who felt that they had suddenly become vulnerable to air attack.

1944 – The first jet fighter to engage an enemy in combat was a Messerschmitt 262, over Munich, when it was intercepted by a Mosquito of 544 Squadron.

1959 – A hovercraft, the SR.N1, designed by Christopher Cockerell, made its first English Channel crossing from Dover to Calais. The acronym SR.N1 stood for Saunders-Roe Nautical 1.

1962 – In London, the Buckingham Palace Art Gallery officially opened to the public.

1978 – Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby in Britain, was born at Oldham Hospital in Greater Manchester. It had taken 12 years of research by gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe and Dr Robert Edwards to make the birth possible. Louise weighed 5lb 12 oz and was delivered by caesarean section.

2002 – The Queen opened the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Around one million visitors are thought to have gone to Manchester to see the event live and the world television audience was estimated to top one billion.

2013 – The retirement, aged 77, of James Alexander Gordon, voice of the classified football results for 40 years. He pioneered the much-mimicked technique of raising his tone for the winning side’s score, and dropping it in sympathy for the losers. He never officially read the scoreline with which he was indelibly associated – ‘East Fife 4. Forfar 5.’ but in October 2011 fans across the country raised their hopes during a clash which finished, disappointingly, East Fife 4 Forfar 3. On Sunday, 22nd July 2018 that result finally happened for the first time in the fixture’s history when the Scottish League Cup Group B tie between the sides went to penalties after a 1-1 draw. The final score after the penalty shootout was East Fife 4 Forfar 5!

trivia : and shower thoughts

The “Berenstain Bears Alternate Universe Theory” – in which people believe that they have switched over to a parallel universe because they explicitly remember “Berenstain” spelled as “Berenstein”.

The Capital of Micronesia, Federated States of is Palikir

Purposely failing to complete a sentence is called ‘Aposiopesis’, so you…

1209 North Orange Street, Wilmington, Delaware is home to over 285,000 businesses, including American Airlines, Apple, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, Cargill, Coca-Cola, Ford, General Electric, Google, JPMorgan Chase, and Wal-Mart.

John Hughes had an unproduced 1979 screenplay titled “Jaws 3: People 0” which is a parody sequel to the popular “Jaws” series.

Kim Cattrall – Real Name: Clare Woodgate

Tim Burton had 40 squirrels trained to crack nuts for Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.

We may never identify the exact person who was the first to light their own fart on fire, but I’d be willing to bet that person was male.

Apples float in water because 25% of their volume is made of air.

“Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” – Arthur “Cody” Jarrett (James Cagney) #moviequotes

Muhammad Ali – Real Name: Cassius Marcellus Clay