August 3rd: 2022

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

1926 – Britain installed its first traffic lights – at Piccadilly Circus, in London.
Celebrity : birthdays
Martha Stewart, author US TV personality, 81; Jack Straw, politician, 76; John Landis, director, 72; Osvaldo Ardiles, former footballer, 70; Kirk Brandon, singer/guitarist (Spear Of Destiny/Theatre of hate) 66; John C. McGinley, actor, 63; Lee Rocker (Leon Drucker) double bassist, 61; James Hetfield, guitarist/vocalist (Metallica) 59; Tasmin Archer, singer, 59; Skin, (Deborah Anne Dyer), singer (Skunk Anansie) 55; Gina G (Gardiner), singer, 52; Michael Ealy (Brown), actor, 49; Stephen Graham, actor, 49; Tom Brady, Quarterback, 45; Evangeline (Nicole) Lilly, actress, 43; Scroobius Pip (David Meads) actor/rapper/poet, 41; Mamie Gummer, actress, 39; Karlie Kloss, model, 30.

What : day is it

August 3rd celebrates Clean Your Floors Day, Watermelon Day as well as Grab Some Nuts Day.
This day : in history

1803 – The birth of Joseph Paxton, English gardener, designer, writer and creator of one of the most famous buildings of Queen Victoria’s reign, the Crystal Palace.

1805 – The first recorded cricket match between English public schools Eton and Harrow.

1856 – London was divided into postal districts, in order to speed up letter deliveries.

1858 – Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile, was discovered by the explorer John Speke.

1867 – The birth of Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister from 1923-29. This term of office saw the General Strike of 1926, and during his third term, (1935-7), Edward VIII abdicated.

1887 – The birth of Rupert Brooke, the English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially ‘ The Soldier’ that begins ‘If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is forever England.’

1908 – The Post Office sent its first parcel mail to the US on the White Star liner, Teutonic

1916 – Sir Roger Casement, Irish nationalist, was hanged in London for treason, following his attempts to induce Germany to support the cause of Irish independence.

1926 – Britain installed its first traffic lights – at Piccadilly Circus, in London.

1946 – The birth of Jack Straw former Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and MP for Blackburn since 1979.

1957 – Footballer John Charles was transferred from Leeds to Juventus for a £65,000 fee. He was the first British footballer to be transferred to a foreign club.

1963 – The Beatles performed at The Cavern Club (on 10, Mathew Street, Liverpool), for the 292nd, and last time. They received a fee of £300 pounds for the performance.

1971 – Sanquhar Post Office in Dumfries and Galloway became a Category B Listed Building. It is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest post office in the world and has been in continuous service since 1712.

1978 – The Queen officially opened the 11th Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada.

2001 – A bomb exploded in a busy west London street, injuring seven people. Dissident Irish republicans were blamed for the atrocity.

2002 – The death of Carmen Silvera, Canadian-born British comic actress who starred in the television programme, ‘Allo Allo!’ (written by David Croft & Jeremy Lloyd) as Edith Artois, wife of the cafe owner René.

2015 – The Athens Stock Exchange re-opens after a month and falls by 22%.

2017 – Brazilian footballer Neymar transfers from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of €222m on a 5-year deal. On the same day, Massachusetts woman Michelle Carter is sentenced to 2 1/2 years for urging her boyfriend to commit suicide and Rapper Kidd Creole is arrested and charged with stabbing a homeless man to death in New York City. Also, actor Robert Hardy dies aged 91.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 2017, Camila Cabello released her hit single “Havana”? It was hugely successful and would become the best-selling digital single of the following year. 

The only letter not appearing on the Periodic Table is the letter “J”.

When we say something is “just a cry for help”, it’s usually to explain why we won’t be offering any.

There have only been two voice actors to voice Donald Duck. Clarence Nash (1934 – 1985) and Tony Anselmo (1985 – present).

Flux Capacitor – The device used by Doctor Emmett Brown, requiring 1.21 gigawatts of power, to travel through time.

A group of Ferrets is called a Business or Cast.

Pixar’s “UP” was the first-ever animated film or 3D film to open the Cannes Film Festival.

“You’re my best friend” by Queen is probably about a car. And now, you are singing it in your head. #queenrocks

“Kiss My Grits!” #TVCatchphrase

“What, did someone just step on a duck?” #moviequotes

The lifespan of a taste bud is about ten days. #snapplefacts

Birthday : quotes

” Once you realize that you have identified a passion, invest in yourself. Figure out what you need to know, what kind of experience and expertise you need to develop to do the things that you feel in your heart you will enjoy and that will sustain you both mentally and economically.” – Martha Stewart

” Say what you will, nothing can make a complete soldier except battle experience.” – Ernie Pyle

“I don’t think writers choose the genre, the genre chooses us. I wrote out of the wish to create order out of disorder, the liking of a pattern.” – P. D. James

We are not asked to do great things. We are asked to do all things with great care.” – Martin Sheen

” You don’t protect any of your individual liberties by lying down and going to sleep.” – John T. Scopes

“Abe Lincoln is my favorite president of all time – and he pulls off that top hat pretty well.” – Ryan Lochte

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