April 20th: 2022

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

1981 – Steve Davis became the world snooker champion at 23 years of age, beating Doug Mountjoy at Sheffield.
Celebrity : birthdays
George Takei, actor, 85; Johnny Tillotson, singer-songwriter, 84; Ryan (Charles) O’Neal, actor, 81; Michael Brandon, actor/director, 77; Jessica Lange, actress, 73; Veronica Cartwright, actress, 73; Andy Serkis, actor/director, 58; Crispin Glover, actor, 58; Mike Portnoy, drummer (Dream Theatre/Transatlantic), 55; Shemar Moore, actor, 52; Carmen Electra, actress/model, 50; Shay Given, former goalkeeper, 46; Miranda Kerr, model, 39.

What : day is it

Look-Alike Day, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day, Teach Your Children To Save Day, Volunteer Recognition Day.
This day : in history

1924 – The birth of Leslie Phillips, CBE and English actor with a highly recognisable ‘upper class accent’. Originally known for his work as a comedy actor playing English stereotypes in the Carry On films and the Doctor series, Phillips subsequently made the transition to character roles.

1949 – The Badminton Horse Trials were held for the first time, at Badminton, Gloucestershire.

1961 – The birth of actor Nicholas Lyndhurst, best known for his roles as Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, Gary Sparrow in Goodnight Sweetheart, and as Adam Parkinson in Carla Lane’s series Butterflies.

1964 – BBC Two launched, with a power cut because of a fire at Battersea Power Station.

1968 – The Conservative right-winger, Enoch Powell, made a hard-hitting speech attacking the government’s immigration policy. Mr Powell said Britain had to be mad to allow in 50,000 dependents of immigrants each year. He compared it to watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. “Like the Roman, I seem to see the river Tiber foaming with much blood.”

1969 – British troops guarded public utilities in N. Ireland after post offices were bombed.

1974 – The conflict in Northern Ireland claimed its 1,000th victim, a petrol station owner from County Fermanagh.

1981 – Steve Davis became the world snooker champion at 23 years of age, beating Doug Mountjoy at Sheffield. On 17th April 2016 he announced his retirement, aged 58. Davis won six world titles and 28 ranking titles, putting him joint second on the all-time list with Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins.

1989 – Scientists said that the Earth had narrowly missed being struck by a passing asteroid weighing 400 million tons.

1992 – Benny Hill, English comedian died. Between the end of World War II and the dawn of television he worked as a radio performer. His film credits included parts in nine films such as Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Italian Job. His world famous Benny Hill Show Hill ran for nearly four decades and remained a cult series in much of the world long after Hill’s death.

2016 – The Queen visited the Royal Mail Windsor delivery office to mark the 500th anniversary of the postal service. (Additional note – In 1516, Henry VIII knighted Brian Tuke, the first Master of the Posts, in an act that was the catalyst for the creation of the Royal Mail).

Trivia : and shower thoughts

A group of Snakes is called a Den or Nest or Pit or Bed or Knot.

John Stamos played drums in the Beach Boys’ music video for Kokomo.

“A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man” – Vito Corleone #moviequotes

The final speech by Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird was done in one take.

A group of Sparrows is called a Host.

“How sweet it is!” – Jackie Gleason (The Jackie Gleason Show)

Thumb, index, middle, ring, pinky. There are few lists more inconsistent than the names of the fingers.

McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets were introduced in 1981.

Useless Pronunciation: J as in Jay

“Soylent Green is people!” – Det. Robert Thorn (Charlton Heston) #moviequotes

“Strummin’ my brain with his fingers….” #misunderstoodlyrics

Birthday : quotes

“I’m not the type of writer that has 400 songs in a suitcase someplace on the shelf. I’m sort of a rise-to-the-occasion-type of a writer, so when I know I’m going to record, I get in the mood to write.” – Luther Vandross

“Simply believing in the existence of God is not exactly what I would call a commitment. After all, even the devil believes that God exists. Believing has to change the way we live.” – Mother Angelica

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” – Lionel Hampton

“If you have to make laws to hurt a group of people just to prove your morals and faith, then you have no true morals or faith to prove.” – George Takei

“One of the big misconceptions about me is that I walk around in mini-skirts and high heels twenty-four seven and go to the gym in heels.” – Carmen Electra

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