April 13th: 2022

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

1892 – The birth of Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, considered by many to be the inventor of radar. The system provided the vital advance information that helped the Royal Air Force win the Battle of Britain.
Celebrity : birthdays
Edward Fox, actor, 85; Jack Casady, bassist (Jefferson Airplane) 78; Al Green, singer, 76; Ron Perlman, actor, 72; Max Weinberg, drummer (The E Street Band) 71; Jimmy Destri, keyboardist (Blondie) 68; Alan Devonshire, footballer, 66; Gary Kasparov, chess grandmaster, 59; James Jordan, dancer, 44; Claudio Bravo, goalkeeper, 39.

What : day is it

Make Lunch Count Day, Peach Cobbler Day, Plant Appreciation Day, Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday, Scrabble Day.
This day : in history

1771 – Richard Trevithick, Cornish engineer was born. The son of a mining captain, he performed poorly in school, but went on to be an early pioneer in steam-powered rail. Trevithick built the first full-scale working railway steam locomotive, called the ‘Coalbrookdale Locomotive’ in 1802.

1829 – The British Parliament passed the Catholic Emancipation Act, lifting restrictions imposed on Catholics at the time of Henry VIII.

1892 – The birth of Sir Arthur Travers Harris, Royal Air Force Bomber commander, nicknamed ‘Bomber’ Harris by the press, and often within the RAF as ‘Butcher’ Harris. He instituted the mass bombing raids over Germany, including the controversial blanket bombing of Dresden.

1892 – The birth of Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, considered by many to be the inventor of radar. The system provided the vital advance information that helped the Royal Air Force win the Battle of Britain.

1912 – The formation of the Royal Flying Corps (later incorporated into the RAF).

1919 – British troops opened fire on 10,000 unarmed civilians at Amritsar in India who had defied the restrictions against public gatherings. 379 people were killed and 1,200 wounded.

1922 – John Braine, English novelist was born. His books included best sellers ‘Room at the Top’ and ‘Life at the Top’.

1935 – Imperial Airways and QANTAS inaugurated their London to Australia air service.

1936 – Luton Town footballer Joe Payne, aged 22, set a goal scoring record when he scored ten goals in one match against Bristol Rovers.

1937 – The birth of Edward Fox, stage, film and television actor. He is generally associated with portraying the role of the upper-class Englishman, such as the title character in the film The Day of the Jackal (1973) and King Edward VIII in Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978).

1992 – Neil Kinnock resigned as Labour Party leader. He blamed the Conservative backed press for his party’s defeat at the general election.

1994 – Star Trek actor George Takei had an asteroid named after him. The asteroid 7307 Takei was discovered on this day from Nachi-Katsuura Observatory in Japan.

2014 – New reasearch defined Britishness as the monarchy, the BBC and pubs, with William Shakespeare, the House of Commons and our weather topping the list. The British Social Attitudes survey found that a third of people were very proud to be British, compared with 43 per cent a decade previously.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

In 10 years there will be a very strange collection of washed-up
Vine/YouTube/Instagram “celebrities” with no discernible skills whatsoever.

This water closet used to be referred to as ‘the library’… we should start calling it the ‘phone booth’.

Giving lottery tickets/scratch cards as a present is like saying “The best gift I could give you is a small chance at a vastly different life… good luck”

“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” – Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard, 1950

The biggest film of 1955: Lady and the Tramp.

Waldo’s mom must be worried sick.

Sonny Bono was the only member of the United States Congress to ever have a number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 music chart.

Sophia Loren – Real Name: Sofia Scicolone

Roulette Odds: Black: Payoff: 1:1 True Odds: 47.37%

Red Shirt (redshirt) – doomed person, From Star Trek – the guy wearing the red shirt would be killed.

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

Birthday : quotes

“When the people are afraid of the government, that’s tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that’s liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day.” – Samuel Beckett

“A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy.” – Guy Fawkes

“Teach success before teaching responsibility. Teach them to believe in themselves. Teach them to think, ‘I’m not stupid’. No child wants to fail. Everyone wants to succeed.” – Al Green

“Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.” – Seamus Heaney

“There have been times I almost got a persecution complex. I felt like people wouldn’t let me grow up. They always saw me as a smiling kid or goofy teenager, no matter how much I’d changed.” – Ricky Schroder

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