August 24th: 2022

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

2016 – Astronomers announced the discovery of an Earth-like planet named Proxima b. The planet orbits the nearest star to our sun, Proxima Centauri, 4.22 lightyears away.
Celebrity : birthdays
Stephen Fry, actor/writer/director/broadcaster, 65; Ken Todd, footballer/manager, 65; Steve Guttenberg, actor, 64; Jared Harris, actor, 61; Mark Bedford, bassist (Madness), 61; David Koechner, actor/comedian, 60; Marlee Matlin, actress, 57; Michael Thomas, footballer, 55; Dave Chappelle, comedian, 49; Chad Michael Murray, actor, 41; Joanne Froggatt, actress, 41; Katie McGrath, actress, 39; Lisa Chambers, Irish politician, 36; Rupert Grint, actor, 34; Lucy Mecklenburgh, TV personality, 31.

What : day is it

August 24th is International Strange Music Day, Pluto Demoted Day and Waffle Day.
This day : in history

1814 – British forces captured Washington DC and set the White House on fire.

1847 – Charlotte Brontë, alias Currer Bell sent her manuscript for Jane Eyre to her London publishers, Smith, Elder & Company.

1875 – Matthew Webb (Captain Webb) started his attempt from Dover England to become the first person to swim the English Channel. He reached Calais, France at 10.40 am the following morning, having been in the water for 22 hours. This memorial to him is erected in Dawley – Telford, close to his birthplace, now demolished)

1903 – Graham Sutherland, designer and artist of the tapestry in Coventry Cathedral was born.

1947 – The first Edinburgh Festival was held.

1967 – Two penguins from Chessington Zoo were taken on a day trip to a local ice-rink to cool off during sweltering London temperatures.

1975 – The first ever nude performance in a British opera took place at Glyndebourne.

1981 – American Mark Chapman was given a 20 year sentence for shooting John Lennon, the former member of the British group, The Beatles – in New York. Chapman has applied for parole every two years since 2000. All the applications have been rejected.

1985 – Five year old John Shorthouse was shot dead in Birmingham after armed officers stormed into his house looking for his father.

1998 – Britain, the United States and the Netherlands agreed to put two Libyans on trial for planting the bomb which blew up a Pan Am airliner over the town of Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all those on board and several on the ground.

2014 – The death, aged 90, of Richard Attenborough, who championed the British film business for more than 60 years as an actor, director and prolific movie-maker. He won two Academy Awards for directing and producing Gandhi in 1983.

2019 – Prince Andrew denies knowing his friend Jeffrey Epstein was involved in sexual trafficking of underage girls after public accusations made against him.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 2016, the discovery of the planet Proxima b was announced by astronomers? This Earth-like planet orbits the nearest star to our sun, Proxima Centauri, 4.22 lightyears away.

All known elements are created from helium and hydrogen inside a star with a process called nucleosynthesis.

In the “Fifth Element”, the hero (Corbin) and the villain (Zorg) never meet each other. They never even know that the other exists.

“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice” – #songlyrics

The first movie ever given the title ‘Blockbuster’ was ‘Jaws.’

“Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.” – W. C. Fields

Having a creative password is really unfortunate. Because as much as you want to, you can’t tell anyone about it.

A group of Wombats is called a Wisdom.

When you’re outside your comfort zone often enough, that becomes your comfort zone – and that’s how you grow and thrive.

Birthday : quotes

“Just take your time – wave comes. Let the other guys go, catch another one.” – Duke Kahanamoku

“An artist’s job is to articulate what might otherwise be incoherent.” – Nancy Spero

“Get in the game. Do the best you can. Try to make a contribution. Learn from today. Apply it to tomorrow.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.

“I’m not afraid of failing. I don’t like to fail. I hate to fail. But I’m not afraid of it.” – Vince McMahon

“You can do anything if you set your mind to it. Look out for kids, help them dream, and be inspired. We teach calculus in schools, but I believe the most important formula is courage plus dreams equals success.” – Marlee Matlin

“I’m famous today. People like me today. Might not like me tomorrow. You can’t count on it.” – Dave Chappelle

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