August 20th: 2022

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

2019 – NASA announced they would send a ship to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, to look for extraterrestrial life.
Celebrity : birthdays

Robert Plant, singer-songwriter (Led Zeppelin), 74; Joan Allen, actress, 66; David O Russell, director/screenwriter, 64; Joe Pasquale, comedian, 61; James Marsters, actor, 60; Fred Durst, vocalist/songwriter/record company executive (Limp Bizkit) 51; David Walliams (Williams), author/comedian/TV personality, 51; Amy Adams, actress, 48; Misha (Dmitri) Collins, actor, 48; Jamie Cullum, pianist/singer/songwriter, 43; Andrew Garfield, actor, 39; Demi Lovato, singer/songwriter/actress, 30.

What : day is it

August 20th is Bacon Lovers Day, Lemonade Day and Radio Day.
This day : in history

1924 – British sprinter Eric Liddell refused to run in the heat of the 100m at the Paris Olympics because it fell on a Sunday and was against his religious convictions. He had been tipped as the likely winner. 

1956 – Calder Hall, Britain’s first nuclear power station, began operating.

1970 – England’s soccer captain, Bobby Moore, was cleared of charges of stealing, in a trial in Colombia.

1971 – Prince Charles got his ‘wings’ at RAF College Cranwell, in Lincolnshire.

1971 – The birth of David Walliams (born Williams), the English comedian known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the TV sketch show Little Britain. He and Lucas wrote and starred in Come Fly with Me, a spoof of the British documentaries Airport and Airline.

1988 – During ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, 8 British Army soldiers were killed and 28 wounded when their bus was hit by a Provisional IRA roadside bomb in County Tyrone. The event is sometimes referred to as the ‘Ballygawley bus bombing’.

1989 – In London, the pleasure cruiser Marchioness was hit by a dredger, the Bowbelle, on the River Thames – 51 people attending a party on the boat were killed. The formal investigation put the time elapsed from the instant of collision at 1.46 a.m. to complete immersion of the Marchioness at a mere 30 seconds.

1990 – Iraq confirmed that Western hostages held after the outbreak of the Gulf War were being moved to military and other vital installations as a human shield to deter attacks.

1992 – The Daily Mirror published compromising photographs of Sarah Ferguson (the Duchess of York), sunbathing topless, on holiday in France with John Bryan, a Texan financial manager. The event contributed to her further estrangement from the Royal Family and after four years of official separation, the Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson announced the mutual decision to divorce, in May 1996.

1992 – Iraq sentenced a British man (Paul Ride, a catering manager from east London) to seven years in jail for alleged illegal entry into the country.

2004 – Stoke-on-Trent man Rob Tinsley names Bryan Adams as the ‘other man’ in his divorce papers after years of trying to cope with his wife’s obsession with the singer.

2019 – NASA announced they would send a ship to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, to look for extraterrestrial life. The craft, named Europa Clipper, should be ready by 2023 and launch by 2025.

2020 – Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon is arrested and charged with fraud over a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the Mexican border.

2020 – Hashem Abedi, aged 23 and the brother of the Manchester Arena bomber, was jailed for at least 55 years for the murders of 22 people. He was convicted after a court heard that he was just as guilty as his brother, Salman Abedi, who had detonated the bomb and blew himself up at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on 22nd May 2017. Abedi refused to leave his cell at the Old Bailey for the sentencing. The judge said that it would be 55 years before Abedi could even be considered for parole and that he “may never be released”. The trial was the largest murder case in English legal history.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

While filming an episode of the West Wing, Martin Sheen put a cigarette out in the National Cathedral while in character – prompting the National Cathedral to ban filming inside the building. 

The Capital of Maldives is Male

“No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.” – Abraham Lincoln

Doritos could be made without the powder and taste exactly the same. It was left on because it was decided that the residue left on your fingers as part of the “Doritos experience.”

Thomas Jefferson is credited with bringing Macaroni and Cheese to the United States, in 1802.

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues #6 – Industry.
Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

“The man who said ‘I’d rather be lucky than good’ saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck.” – Chris Wilton in Match Point #moviequotes

Jupiter’s moon Europa may have a similar chemical balance to Earth and has “the right conditions for life.” Oh sure, of ALL the places in the universe humans could move to, we pick the ONE place we were warned to avoid…

Lasers were once the greatest scientific breakthrough in history, now we use them to play with cats.

When the mummy of Pharaoh Ramesses II needed to be moved to Paris for restoration, it was issued an Egyptian passport that listed his occupation as “King (deceased)”. The mummy was received with the full military honors usually accorded to royalty.

The Capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur

Because telescopes work using mirrors, we’ll never know if there are any space vampires.

Birthday : quotes

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft

“I don’t sit back and count up what I’ve done. There’s just always something else to do. There’s always a challenge ahead.” – Isaac Hayes

“If you want to sell a steak, you can’t just have the sizzle, you gotta have sauce.” – Don King

“No, I’ve never thought that I was gay. And that’s not something you think. It’s something you know.” – Robert Plant

“Don’t pressure yourself. Don’t worry about what others think you should do or what the societal “norm” is. Do what moves you and makes you smile and the good will follow. – Misha Collins

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