April 4th / 2023

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

1934 – Yorkshireman Percy Shaw, born 15 April 1890 in Halifax laid the first “cats eyes” along the centre of the road at an accident black spot near Bradford.
Celebrity birthdays
Dave Hill, guitarist, (Slade) 71; Hugo Weaving, actor, 63; Graham Norton, TV host, 60; Paul Parker, former footballer, 59; David Cross, comedian/actor, 59; Robert Downey Jr, actor, 58; Karren Brady, football executive, 54; David Blaine, magician, 50; Stephen Mulhern, TV presenter, 46; Johnny Borrell guitar/vocals (Razorlight) 43.
What day is it
April 4th is Chocolate Milk Powder Day, Cordon Bleu Day, Hug a Newsperson Day International Day for Mine Awareness, Ramen Noodle Day, School Librarian Day, Tell a Lie Day.
This day in history

1934 – Yorkshireman Percy Shaw, born 15 April 1890 in Halifax laid the first “cats eyes” along the centre of the road at an accident black spot near Bradford.

1964 – British pop group The Beatles occupied the first five places in the US singles pop charts with:- ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and ‘Please Please Me’. It was the first and only time anyone ever monopolized the entire top five. The Beatles are the best-selling pop band in history, have had the most number-one albums in the UK charts and have held the top spot longer than any other musical act.

1981 – An emotional Aintree saw Bob Champion win the Grand National on Aldaniti. Champion, suffering from cancer, had been given eight months to live, while Aldaniti, who had led all the way, had been plagued with tendon problems and a broken back.

1984 – The women from the main peace camp at Greenham Common in Berkshire were evicted, but said it would not end their protest against nuclear weapons being sited at the RAF base.

1985 – Royal Assent was given for the Bill to hand Hong Kong to China in 1997.

1988 – The British TV soap opera ‘Crossroads’ came to an end after 24 years with the transmission of the last of its 4,510 episodes.

1991 – Children at the centre of ‘satanic abuse allegations’ in the Orkney Islands were reunited with their families after the case was thrown out of court.

1997 – The residents of Eigg, a small island off the west coast of Scotland, bought their island with help from an anonymous English millionairess, after an eight-month ownership battle.

2007 – The death of ventriloquist Terry Hall. He appeared regularly on television with his puppet, Lenny the Lion and is credited as being one of the first ventriloquists to use a non-human puppet.

2007 – Fifteen British Royal Navy personnel from HMS Cornwall who had been held in Iran, were released by the Iranian President. In the course of events the Iranians claimed that the British forces had been sailing in Iranian waters.

2013 – Mick Philpott (56), his wife Mairead and friend Paul Mosley were jailed for manslaughter. Six of Philpott’s children died in a fire at his Derby house after he set his house alight (11th May 2012) to frame his former mistress, with whom he was fighting a custody battle over their children.

2014 – Levi Bellfield the triple murderer and killer of 13 year old Milly Dowler’s in 2011 was awarded £4,500 compensation after a prison attack in 2009 in which he suffered minor cuts. Bellfield had launched his legal action after claiming that the prison staff should have protected him.

2015 – ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ returned as a TV series, a remake of the 1960s television series ‘Thunderbirds’ created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Additional note: – Gerry Anderson died on 26th December, 2012 (aged 83) and Sylvia died on 15th March 2016 (aged 88).

2022 – Elon Musk bought a 9.2% stake in Twitter, amounting to $2.9 billion.

Trivia and shower thoughts

The YKK on your zipper stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikigaisha.

Renee Descartes, the 17th-century philosopher, and mathematician is the person responsible for “x” being the universal variable in algebra.

“Perhaps we will find something extraordinary. Perhaps something extraordinary will find us.” – G’Kar, Babylon 5

“Go to bed, you’ll feel better in the morning” is the human version of “Did you turn it off and turn it back on again?”

As a kid my parents taught me to not believe everything I see on TV, now I have to teach them to not believe everything they see on Facebook.

Theme parks can snap a crystal clear picture of you on a roller coaster at 70 mph, but bank cameras can’t get a clear shot of a robber standing still.

The Sun counts for 99.86% of the mass in our Solar System.

We are taught ‘the pen is stronger than the sword’ but also that ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.’ Which one is it?

Bazinga! #TVCatchphrase

Walking a mile in another person’s shoes only takes like 20, 30 minutes, tops. Is that really enough time to get to understand someone?

“In every generation, there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.” – Rupert Giles

The Capital of Niger is Niamey

The biggest film of 1958: South Pacific.

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