April 29th: 2022

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

1990 – Snooker player Stephen Hendry beat Jimmy White, to become the youngest ever world professional champion, aged 21 years and 106 days.
Celebrity : birthdays
Anita Dobson, actress, 73; Bill Drummond, artist/writer/musician/producer, 69; Jerry Seinfeld, comedian, 68; Kate Mulgrew, actress, 67; Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, actor, 65; Michelle Pfeiffer, actress, 64; Rollo Armstrong, songwriter/record producer (Faithless) 56; Phil Tuffnel, former cricketer, 56; Uma Thurman, actress, 52; Andre Agassi, tennis star, 52; Jo O’Meara, singer (S Club 7) 43; Kian Egan, singer (Westlife) 42; Tom Smith, singer-songwriter/guitarist/keyboards (Editors) 41, Megan Boone, actress, 39.

What : day is it

April 29th is officially celebrated as We Jump The World Day as well as Zipper Day.
This day : in history

1935 – Just one year after their invention by Percy Shaw of Yorkshire, ‘cats’ eyes’ were being inserted into British roads.

1945 – The German army in Italy surrendered to the Allies under the British General Alexander. The Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, ‘Il Duce’, who, after a series of military misadventures, became unpopular even among his fellow Fascists, was captured while trying to flee Italy and was executed.

1945 – Adolf Hitler married his longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designated Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor. Both Hitler and Braun committed suicide the next day.

1986 – The Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, was laid to rest at Frogmore in Windsor, alongside her husband, the abdicated King Edward VIII.

1990 – Snooker player Stephen Hendry beat Jimmy White, to become the youngest ever world professional champion, aged 21 years and 106 days.

1993 – It was announced that Buckingham Palace would be opened to the public for the first time (during August & September) in a bid to raise funds to repair Windsor Castle.

1998 – David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to conquer adventuring’s grand slam’ when he reached the North Pole. He had walked to both Poles and climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents.

2008 – The unveiling, in his home town of Bolton, of the 8ft memorial statue to the legendary steeplejack Fred Dibnah. The statue was unveiled on the anniversary of his birth (see earlier article). Dibnah was also an industrial historian, mechnical engineer, steam engine enthusiast and television presenter. He was awarded the MBE in the 2004 New Year Honours for services to heritage and broadcasting.

2011 – The marriage of Prince William, 2nd in line to the throne, and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. The day was declared a bank holiday in celebration.

2013 – Sweeping welfare system changes came into effect, with a single, monthly payment replacing benefits including tax credits, housing benefit, jobseeker’s allowance and income support. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith declared ‘The something for nothing culture is coming to an end.’

2014 – The death (aged 71) of Robert William ‘Bob’ Hoskins, English actor, known for playing Cockneys and gangsters. His best known works included lead roles in The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mermaids and Super Mario Bros.

2014 – A campaign poster advertising Nigel Farage’s UKIP was inadvertently placed next to a ‘Go Outdoors’ poster for inflatable tents that bore the slogan – ‘No Poles Required’.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1953, Space Patrol aired the first 3D television episode? It was the first time US broadcasting had experimented with 3D.

Brevity – and I know most of you have heard this before and maybe some people will not agree, but I think it is true and I know others who feel the same way, though I firmly believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion – is the soul of wit.

Van Morrison – Real Name: George Ivan Morrison

What to do: Don’t smoke, drink purified water, avoid living near or around chemical plants.

Toucan Sam tells us to ‘follow your nose’ to Kellogg’s Froot Loops.

“I know you’re scared. I’m scared too. They’re sharks. They’re scary. No one wants to get eaten. But I’ve been eaten. And I’m here to tell you it takes a lot more than that to bring a good man down.” – Fin Shepard, Sharknado

“There are no failures. Just experiences.” – Des Coroy

Employing people based on their ability to perform a task ostracizes those with little or no skill, and has no place in an inclusive society.

When I trip and fall on the ground, I’m crashing into a PLANET. The fact that I can survive with just some scrapes basically makes me a superhero.

The Capital of Tajikistan is Dushanbe

To this day I can’t read “This is how we do it.” Without hearing Montel Jordan singing it.

Birthday : quotes

“News is what people don’t want you to print. Everything thing else is ads.” – William Randolph Hearst

“I didn’t like the idea of being foolish, but I learned pretty soon that it was essential to fail and be foolish.” – Daniel Day-Lewis

“Put it this way: Jazz is a good barometer of freedom… In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence through which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country.” – Duke Ellington

“If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win.” – Andre Agassi

“If I could do it over, I’d do better.” – Rod McKuen

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