August 21st: 2022

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

1969 – Donald and Doris Fisher opened the first Gap store in San Francisco, California. Men’s Levi’s jeans and record tapes were the only items for sale.
Celebrity : birthdays
Kim Cattrall, actress, 66; Budgie (Peter Clarke) drummer (Siouxsie and the Banshees) 65; Kate Robbins, actress/comedian, 60; Nigel Pearson, football manager, 59; Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, 59; Carrie-Anne Moss, actress, 55; Serj Tankian, singer (System of a Down) 55; Julie Etchingham, journalist, 53; Liam Howlett, musician (The Prodigy) 51; Paul Chowdhry, comedian, 48; Kelis (Rogers), singer-songwriter, 43; Chantelle Houghton, TV personality, 39; Usain Bolt, athlete, 36; Robert Lewandowski, footballer, 34; Kacey Musgraves, singer-songwriter, 34; Hayden Panettiere (Klitschco), actress, 33; Millie Bright, footballer, 29.

What : day is it

August 21st is officially Poet’s Day as well as Senior Citizen’s Day.
This day : in history

1914 – Private John Parr became the first British man to be shot and killed during World War I. Official registers showed that he was 20 years old but, like many young soldiers, he had lied about his age and he was just 16.

1918 – World War I: The beginning of the Second Battle of the Somme. The battle formed the central part of the Allies’ advance to the Armistice of 11th November, which went into effect at 11 a.m. 1918. It marked a victory for the Allies and a complete defeat for Germany.

1930 – Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and sister of England’s Queen Elizabeth II, was born in Glamis Castle, Scotland.

1936 – The BBC made its first television broadcast from Alexandra Palace.

1939 – Civil Defence, to mitigate the effects of enemy attack, was started in Britain.

1969 – Donald and Doris Fisher opened the first Gap store in San Francisco, California. Men’s Levi’s jeans and record tapes were the only items for sale.

1973 – The coroner presiding over the Derry/Londonderry ‘Bloody Sunday’ inquest accused the British army of ‘sheer unadulterated murder’ after 13 were killed in a civil rights march on 30th January 1972.

1976 – Mary Langdon became Britain’s first female firefighter when she joined the East Sussex Brigade.

1988 – More flexible licensing laws allowed public houses to stay open 12 hours in the day, except on Sunday.

1990 – British conservationist George Adamson, whose work featured in the film Born Free, was murdered by bandits in Kenya.

1996 – The new Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in Southwark, London, opened with a production of Two Gentlemen of Verona.

2000 – The NHS revealed that missed appointments cost the organisation £18.5 million a year.

2001 – Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel began legal action to shut the Sangatte camp in France which was used by asylum seekers.

2015 – A 108-year-old message in a bottle washed up on a beach in Amrum, Germany.
The bottle was one of around 1,000 released in the UK as part of an experiment run by the Marine Biological Association of the UK.

2017 – Restoration work halted the chimes of Big Ben from noon, for four years of conservation work on the Elizabeth Tower. The Tower is 96 metres high and home to the bells that make up the Great Clock, the most photographed building in Britain. The Great Bell, popularly called Big Ben, weighs 13.7 tonnes and has struck every hour with almost unbroken service for 157 years. It is accompanied by four quarter bells, which weigh between 1 and 4 tonnes each and chime every 15 minutes.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Biggest film of 1941: Sergeant York (Drama) earned – $16,000,000

Wade Boggs once Drank 64 Cans of Miller Lite on a Cross Country Flight and then Beat the Seattle Mariners the next day #goals #achievements

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” – Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall) in Apocalypse Now, 1979

The most common use for Q-tips is not recommended or advertised by the Q-tip makers whatsoever.

In 2015 a French court renamed a baby after the judge ruled that the parents’ decision to the name the child “Nutella” was not in the child’s best interest.

We used to make fun of my mother buying stuff from home on QVC. Now I do the same thing with Amazon.

Roulette Odds: numbers 25 to 36: Payoff: 2:1 True Odds: 31.58%

When does a joke become a dad joke?

When the punchline becomes apparent.

From 1908–1940, Sears sold 75,000 homes through their mail-order “Modern Homes” program. There were 447 different housing styles to choose from.

Who needs rhetorical questions?

Birthday : quotes

“Learn to deal with the valleys and the hills will take care of themselves.” – Count Basie

“It is said that good things come to those who wait. I believe that good things come to those who work.” – Wilt Chamberlain

“You don’t want to work on a job where you’re looking at your watch.” – Stephen Hillenburg

“I’ve always said music should make you laugh, make you cry or make you think.” – Kenny Rogers

“If you play a tune and a person don’t tap their feet, don’t play the tune.” – Count Basie

“As a child, I’d help my mum cook, and it was ridiculous – she had the correct gadget or utensil for everything. ‘Stop! Don’t use that, I have exactly the right utensil.’ After I left home, I survived on cup-a-meals and never saw myself as being like her. Now I’ve become her.” – Kelis

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