on : this day

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

1959 – Postcodes were introduced in Britain.
celebrity : birthdays
Sir Garfield Sobers, cricketer, 85; Clem Cattini, drummer (The Tornados) 84; Gerald Casale, bass/synth (Devo) 73; Simon Kirke, drummer (Free/Bad Company) 72; Steve Morse, guitarist (Deep Purple) 67; Beverley Craven, singer-songwriter, 58; Nick Banks, drummer (Pulp) 56; Afroman (Joseph Edgar Foreman) rapper, 47; Justin Lee Collins, comedian, 47; Michael Carrick, football coach, 40; Shana Swash, actress, 31.
what : day is it
USA: National Milk Chocolate Day. USA: Buffalo Soldiers Day. United Nations: World Hepatitis Day.
this day : in history

1858 – Fingerprints were first used as a means of identification by William Herschel, who later established a fingerprint register. 

1865 – A crowd of 100,000 watched the last public execution in Scotland when Dr Edward Pritchard was hanged for poisoning his wife and mother-in-law.

1866 – Beatrix Potter, English author and illustrator was born. She was inspired to write her story ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’ after visiting the tailor’s shop at Number 9, College Court, Gloucester. When she died in 1943 she left her house to the National Trust, conditionally that it be kept exactly as she left it.

1914 – Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, exactly one month after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie had been shot dead by a Bosnian Serb nationalist. Europe went from peaceful prosperity to the start of a world war that would bring down four empires and cost millions of lives, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.

1935 – The birth of Simon Dee, pirate radio disc jockey for Radio Caroline and later television interviewer and BBC radio disc jockey. He hosted a twice-weekly BBC TV chat show, Dee Time in the late 1960s. He was sacked by London Weekend Television in 1970 and his career never recovered. He died in August 2009.

1943 – The worst British bombing raid on Hamburg so far during World War II virtually set the city on fire. In just 43 minutes, 2,326 tons of bombs killed 42,000 German civilians.

1948 – The Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foiled a bullion robbery in what became known as the ‘Battle of London Airport’ an operation that brought them to national prominence. The name Flying Squad was coined in 1920 by a Daily Mail journalist called Crook!

1959 – Postcodes were introduced in Britain. The first postcodes were introduced on a trial basis in Norwich in 1959 with the first three characters of the code (‘NOR’) representing the name of the city, and the last three characters a particular street. Larger firms and businesses received their own individual codes.

1972 – Thousands of British dockers began an official strike to safeguard jobs.

1987 – 23 year old British golfer Laura Davis won the U.S. Women’s Open, becoming the first British woman ever to win the event.

1988 – The MP for Yeovil, Paddy Ashdown, was elected the first leader of the new Social and Liberal Democrat Party.

2005 – The IRA formally ordered an end to its armed campaign and said it would pursue exclusively peaceful means.

2008 – A huge fire destroyed the historic Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare. It first opened in 1904 and suffered fire damage in 1930 that led to its closure for 3 years.

trivia : and shower thoughts

Synonyms are a synonym for “another word for”. 

Warsaw Pact countries had Western Movies where the Native Americans were heroes and the cowboys were villains.

It was the Middle Ages. There’s no way Rapunzel didn’t have lice.

Useless Pronunciation: E as in empty

“I do not believe in my death.” – Salvador Dali #LastWords

“Nostalgia is denial—denial of the painful present.” – Paul in Midnight in Paris #moviequotes

Every zoo can be a petting zoo if you’re brave enough.

Bacteria multiply by dividing.

“I really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree.” #songlyrics

In 2000, Blockbuster passed on the chance to buy Netflix for $50 million. Netflix is now worth over $50 billion.

The first reference to Google on TV was on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Last night I had to change a light bulb, a bit later on I crossed the road, then walked into a bar. I began to realize my life was one big joke.

There should be an annual award ceremony for the best Instagram photos and it should be called “The Instagrammys.”

Five Card Poker Odds, nothing wild: Royal Flush – A, K, Q, J, 10 of the same suit, 1 in 650,000

“I’m sorry Dave but this conversation can no longer serve any useful purpose. Good-bye.” – HAL 9000 #moviequotes

The Swiss were very confident they’d win the war considering there is a corkscrew on the Swiss Army knife.

Behind every crazy fun food fight, there’s a disappointed service worker that worked hard trying to feed everybody.