April 26th / 2023

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

1984 – The re-opening of the reconstructed Cavern Club in Liverpool which is located next to the original Club. In the early 1960s the Cavern Club became the most publicised pop music venue in the world.
Celebrity birthdays
Roger Taylor, drummer, (Duran Duran) 63; Jet Li (Li Lianjie) actor/martial arts expert, 60; Kevin James (Knipfing), actor, 58; T- Boz (Tionne Watkins) singer (TLC) 53; Melania Trump, former First Lady, 53; Joey Jordison, drummer (Slipknot) 48; Nerina Pallot, singer/songwriter, 48; Jose Antonio Pasillas II, drummer, (Incubus) 47; Tom Welling, actor, 46; Channing Tatum, actor, 43; Jordana Brewster, actress, 43; Ms Dynamite, (Niomi McLean Daley), rapper/singer-songwriter, 42; Caro Emerald (Caroline van der Leeuw), singer, 42; Jonathan Lee, singer (S Club 7) 41; Bakary Sako, footballer, 35.
What day is it
April 26th is known as Hug an Australian Day and Pretzel Day.
This day in history

1923 – The marriage of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later ‘the Queen Mother’) to the Duke of York (later King George VI) at Westminster Abbey in London. It was the first royal wedding at the abbey since 1383. The newly formed British Broadcasting Company wanted to record and broadcast the event on radio, but the Abbey Chapter vetoed the idea.

1962 – In a joint USA British venture, the first international satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

1965 – A Rolling Stones concert in London, Ontario was shut down by police after 15 minutes due to rioting.

1976 – The death of Sid James, British based South African actor and comedian. He made his name as Tony Hancock’s co-star in Hancock’s Half Hour and also starred in the popular Carry On films.

1984 – The re-opening of the reconstructed Cavern Club in Liverpool. It is located next to the original Club. In the early 1960s the Cavern Club became the most publicised pop music venue in the world, with regular performances from the Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer, Cilla Black and many more 60s groups and solo singers.

1988 – Mick Jagger was cleared of pirating a song by an unknown reggae musician and recording it as ‘Just Another Night’. The judgement came after a two-day hearing in the United States.

1989 – Naas, County Kildare, in Ireland held their first annual pig race watched by over 7,000 people. One punter won £200 on the favourite, Porky’s Revenge, and the bookies handed the remainder of their money to the charity People in Need.

1999 – TV presenter Jill Dando is murdered outside her house with a single bullet to the head from close range by an unknown assassin.

2014 – Documents showed that Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One tycoon, had received £300m from his ex-wife Slavica’s trust fund following the pair’s divorce in 2009.

2014 – The only surviving letter thought to have been written on the ill-fated Titanic, was sold at auction for £119,000.

2016 – The jury of 9 in the Hillsborough Inquest reached a decision on all 14 questions relating to the 15th April 1989 disaster during the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final in which 96 people died. The crucial question number six related to ‘unlawful killing’. When asked “Are you satisfied, so that you are sure, that those who died in the disaster were unlawfully killed?” the foreman confirmed “Yes”. The verdict represented a vindication for the bereaved families who had fought for 27 years against South Yorkshire police claims that misbehaving supporters caused the disaster, as well as against the 1991 verdict of accidental death. The inquest started on 31st March 2014 and was the longest in British legal history.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1954, the first major mass trials of polio vaccines began? Around 443,000 children received shots in its first three months.

A group of Sardines is called a Family.

The town of Hot Springs, New Mexico changed its town name to Truth or Consequences, in honor of the radio show of the same name.

John Ford – Real Name: Sean O’Fearna

“No hay banda! There is no band! Il n’est pas de orquestra! This is all a tape-recording. No hay banda! And yet we hear a band.” – Bondar in Mulholland Dr. #moviequotes

“Millions of people live in this world, maybe it’s not too late, to learn how to live and forget how to hate.” #songlyrics

Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn.

Still using my Santa stamps. Thumbin’ my nose at The Man.

“I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!” – Zoolander #moviequotes

“Cut ties from all the lies you’ve been living in.” #songlyrics

A “double-blind” study means that both the patient AND the researcher don’t know who the control group is and which option the placebo is.

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” #songlyrics

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