April 2nd: 2022

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

1877 – The first Human Cannonball Act was performed at London’s Amphitheatre when acrobat Lady Zazal, attached by elastic springs, was fired into a safety net.
Celebrity : birthdays
Paul Gambaccini, broadcaster, 72; Linford Christie, athlete, 62; Christopher Meloni, actor, 61; Clark (Robert) Gregg, actor/director, 60; Keren Woodward, singer, (Bananarama), 59; Karl Beattie, director and producer (Most Haunted) 59; Teddy Sherringham, footballer, 56; Helen Chamberlain, broadcaster, 55; Chico, (Yousseph Slimani), singer, 51; Michael Fassbender, actor, 45; Aiden Turner, actor, 45; Jesse Plemons, actor, 34.

What : day is it

Burrito Day, Children’s Book Day, Ferret Day, Peanut Butter And Jelly Day, Reconciliation Day, World Autism Awareness Day.
This day : in history

1914 – Alec Guinness, English actor was born. His roles included ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’, ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’, for which he won an Oscar, and ‘The Ladykillers’. He was also nominated for a further four Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for what is possibly his best-known role; as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

1921 – The IRA took delivery of their first consignment of ‘Tommy’ guns. It’s said that the nickname comes from their potential targets, British ‘Tommies’, but Tommy Gun is more likely derived from its American creator General John T. Thompson. The guns were developed for him with the assistance of Oscar Payne and Theodore Eickhoff of Hartford, Connecticut.

1940 – The birth of actress Penelope Keith. She became a household name in the 1970s when she played Margo Leadbetter in the sitcom The Good Life. She was also the lead character in another BBC sitcom, To the Manor Born, a show that received audiences of more than 20 million.

1946 – Britain’s Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst was founded.

1954 – Britain’s first TV soap opera was transmitted. It was ‘The Grove Family’, named after the BBC’s Lime Grove Studios in London.

1960 – The birth of sprinter Linford Christie. He is the only British man to have won gold medals in the 100 metres at all four major competitions open to British athletes: the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

1962 – A new style of pedestrian crossing (the Panda crossing) was launched in London by the Minister of Transport, Ernest Marples. It caused confusion among both drivers and pedestrians.

1966 – The death of the author C.S Forester, best known for his ‘Hornblower’ books.

1977 – Charlotte Brew becomes the first woman jockey to ride in the Grand National. Her horse, Barony Fort, fell at the 27th fence.

1977 – Red Rum won the Grand National for a record third time.

1982 – Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, a British possession for 149 years. The British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force. The resulting conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender on 14th June 1982, which returned the islands to British control. During the Falklands conflict the Royal Navy requisitioned more vessels registered in Hull than from any other British port.

2007 – A smoking ban came into force in Wales, making it illegal for anyone to smoke in an enclosed public place and within the workplace.

2019 – NASA states it wants to send astronauts to Mars by 2033, and land on the Moon again in 2024.

2020 – The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 1 million, with 1,002,159 cases and 51,485 deaths reported.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

The asteroid that ended the dinosaurs was technically the highest ratio of killing birds to one stone in Earth’s history.

A different version of you exists in the minds of everyone who knows you.

Making a typo in an online argument is the equivalent of [your] voice cracking in a verbal argument.

Once we have self-driving cars, wipers will no longer be essential, because the car doesn’t need a clean windshield to drive. Only humans do.

Kids will never understand the poignant self-satisfaction of slamming a phone down on the cradle to hang up on someone and end an angry conversation.

There could be a viral video of you doing something random with millions of views, and you have no idea because you haven’t seen it.

Someone out there vividly remembers something you said, which you have completely forgotten.

Adult life is hard, but at least we don’t have to do P.E. anymore.

It won’t be long before people use ‘the ’20s, the ’30s, and the ’40s’ to describe the 2020s, the 2030s, and the 2040s.

In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ben Stein’s economics lecture scene was completely improvised and done in one take.

It’s likely that over 99% of trees that you look at will be still here when you’re dead.

We’re closer to the year The Jetsons took place (2062) than the year The Jetsons first aired (1962).

Birthday : quotes

“If the populace knew with what idiocy they were ruled, they would revolt.” – Charlemagne

“I’ve succeeded at everything except my life.” – Serge Gainsbourg

“If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” – Emile Zola

“Be the flame, not the moth.” – Casanova Girolama

I love you in a place where there’s no space or time
I love you for my life ’cause you’re a friend of mine. – Leon Russell

“The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.” – Hans Christian Andersen

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