on : this day

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

2012 – The Queen opens the Olympic Games in London.
celebrity : birthdays
Jack Higgins (Henry Patterson) novelist, 92; Baroness Shirley Williams, politician, 91; Bobby Gentry, singer-songwriter, 79; Maureen McGovern, singer 72; Allan Border, Australian cricketer, 66; Christopher Dean, ice skater, 63; Jo Durie, tennis player, 61; Juliana Hatfield, singer-songwriter, 54; Julian McMahon, actor, 53; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, actor, 51; Maya Rudolph, comedy actress, 49; Pete Yorn, singer-songwriter, 47; Jordan Spieth, golfer, 28.
what : day is it
Finland: National Sleepy Head Day. Japan: Watermelon Day. USA: National Scotch Day.
this day : in history

1914 – British troops invaded the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and began to disarm Irish rebels. 

1928 – Alfred ‘Tich’ Freeman, English cricketer and leg spin bowler for Kent and England, became the only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before the end of July. He was the only man to take 300 wickets in an English season, and is the second most prolific wicket taker in first class cricket history, the record holder being the Yorkshire born Wilfred Rhodes.

1942 – The Battle of El Alamein ended after 17 days, with the British having prevented the German and Italian advance into Egypt.

1949 – The British De Havilland Comet, the first jet-propelled airliner, made its maiden flight. It was a 40-passenger airliner.

1958 – The birth of Christopher Dean, British ice skater and Olympic gold and bronze medal winner.

1965 – Shadow Chancellor Edward Heath beat off his rivals to become the new leader of the Conservative Party.

1969 – English rower Tom McLean arrived off the Irish coast to become the first man to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean – from west to east – a distance of 2000 miles. His voyage took 72 days.

1974 – At Ascot, English champion jockey Lester Piggott had 3 wins, bring his total to 3,001. By the time that he retired in 1985–86 he had 5,300 winners in the UK & abroad, including nine Epsom Derby victories.

1978 – Two British balloonists battling to be the first to cross the Atlantic got into difficulties half way across the ocean. Their balloon finally collapsed into the sea, just 110 miles from land.

1985 – English athlete Steve Cram set a new world record for the mile at 3 minutes 46.32 seconds in Oslo.

2012 – The Queen opens the Olympic Games in London.

trivia : and shower thoughts

Mickey Rooney – Real Name: Joseph Yule Jr. 

The average apple contains around 130 calories.

In 1970 the population of Cancun, Mexico was 3.

Ritchie Valens – Real Name: Ritchie Valenzuela

Normalcy – a word invented by President Warren G. Harding

When Horace and Daeida Wilcox founded Hollywood in 1887, they hoped it would become a religious community.

In 1976, Henry Kissinger became the first honorary Harlem Globetrotter.

Law of Force: Don’t force it, get a larger hammer.

Most people aren’t looking for the answers to life’s questions, they’re looking for people to agree with what they already believe.

A group of Greyhounds is called a Leash.

“Stella! Hey, Stella!” – Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando) #moviequotes

Allen’s Axiom: When all else fails, follow instructions.

Neil Diamond – Real Name: Noah Kaminsky