August 30th: 2022

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

2017 – Late author Terry Prachett’s unfinished works are destroyed by steamroller as per his instructions.
Celebrity : birthdays
Micky Moody, guitarist (Whitesnake) 72; Antony Gormley, sculptor, 72; Dana, (Rosemary Brown), singer, 71; Peter Withe, footballer, 71; Horace Panter, bassist (The Specials) 69; Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, 68; Muriel Gray, author/broadcaster/journalist, 64; Paul Oakenfold, DJ/producer, 59; Michael Chiklis, actor, 59; Cameron Diaz, actress, 50; Angel Coulby, actress, 42; Andy Roddick, tennis star, 40.

What : day is it

August 30th is known as Slinky Day, Frankenstein Day and Marshmallow Toasting Day.

This day : in history

1860 – The first British tramway, operated by the Birkenhead Street Railway, was inaugurated by an American, George Francis Train.

1871 – The birthday of Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford, British experimental physicist who was the first to split an atom.

1881 – The first stereo system was patented by Clement Ader of Germany, for a telephonic broadcasting service.

1901 – Scottish inventor Hubert Cecil Booth patented the vacuum cleaner.

1917 – Lord Dennis Healey, Labour politician & former Chancellor was born.

1926 – Jack Hobbs scored 316 at Lords, the highest individual score recorded at the ground.

1928 – Indian politician Jawahrlal founded the Independence of India League to campaign for freedom from British rule.

1930 – Morris Cars announced the arrival of the Morris Major costing £215.

1936 – The record for crossing the Atlantic was gained by the liner ‘Queen Mary’, winning the ‘Blue Riband’.

1939 – In anticipation of German bombing, the great evacuation of children from British cities began, four days before the outbreak of World War II.

1950 – The birth of the sculptor Antony Gormley. His best known works include the Angel of the North, Gateshead and ‘Another Place’ on Crosby Beach near Liverpool where 100 cast iron figures face out to sea.

1976 – More than 100 police officers were taken to hospital after clashes at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London.

1993 – France’s Eiffel Tower receives it’s 150,000,000 millionth visitor. The first digging work started on the 26th January 1887. On the 31st March 1889, the Tower had been finished in record time – 2 years, 2 months and 5 days – and was established as a veritable technical feat.

1996 – Former heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno announced his retirement.

2008 – Police revealed that two bodies recovered from the burnt-out Shropshire home of a millionaire and his family were Jillian Foster, 49, and daughter Kirstie, 15. A coroner’s verdict recorded that the failed businessman, Christopher Foster unlawfully shot his wife and daughter before burning the house and then killing himself.

2013 – MPs rejected possible UK military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and their alleged use of chemical weapons in which hundreds had died. After the vote, Prime Minster David Cameron said it was clear that Parliament did not want action and ‘the government will act accordingly’.

2016 – Singer Chris Brown is arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a beauty queen tells police he had threatened her with a gun.

2017 – Late author Terry Prachett’s unfinished works are destroyed by steamroller as per his instructions. On the same day, Hurricane Irma forms near the Cape Verde Islands.

2019 – Amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov discovered a strange comet in another star system. The discovery appeared to be the second of its kind, and it was named C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) after the Ukrainian astronomer.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 2015, rapper Kanye West publicly announced his plans to run for president in 2020? The announcement took place at the MTV Video Music Awards.

For all the times I would play with those metal foot measurement things at the shoe store as a kid, I still don’t know my exact foot measurement.

I want to see a wacky sitcom about a happy billionaire family with their young son and cooky butler, but it’s The Wayne family before they get murdered in the alley.

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon’s name was inspired by the Beatles song Rocky Raccoon.

“I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy. Come on, Squishy Come on, little Squishy.” – Dory

The Capital of Somalia is Mogadishu

“A man’s got to know his limitations” – Harry Callahan #moviequotes

There’s a 300-page book called ‘A Void’ that was written without ever using the letter “e”. It was originally written in French.

The plastic used to make Legos is the same type of plastic used to make hard hats.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an average minute of a film is worth 1,440,000 words.
(A de facto movie standard is that movies will run at 24fps. 24 frames x 60 seconds x 1000 words = 1,440,000 words)

A man named Apa Sherpa has climbed Mt.Everest 21 times!

Ashton Kutcher – Real Name: Christopher Kutcher

The sounds made by the Brachiosaurs in Jurassic Park were a mix of whale and donkey sounds.

Birthday : quotes

“Live, and be happy, and make others so.” – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

‘There’s a very fine line between underacting and not acting at all. And not acting is what a lot of actors are guilty of. It amazes me how some of these little numbers with dreamy looks and a deadpan are getting away with it. I’d hate to see them on stage with a dog act. – Joan Blondell

“Too often, we spend our days thinking about what we don’t have rather than what we do have. Be grateful every day.” – Lisa Ling

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett

“It’s absolutely stupid that we live without an ozone layer. We have men, we’ve got rockets, we’ve got saran wrap – fix it!” – Lewis Black

“You don’t have journalists over there anymore, what they have is public relations people. That’s what they have over in America now. Two-hundred and fifty thousand people in public relations. And a dwindling number of actual reporters and journalists.” – Robert Crumb

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