August 6th: 2022

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

2012 – Pioneering astronomer and physicist Sir Bernard Lovell, the founder of University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory died, aged 98.
Celebrity : birthdays
Melissa George, actress, 45; Catherine Hicks, actress, 71; Michelle Yeoh, actress, 60; M. Night Shyamalan, director, 52; Geri Horner (Halliwell), singer (Spice Girls) 50; Vera Farmiga, actress, 49; Robin van Persie, footballer, 39; Ferne McCann, TV personality, 32.

What : day is it

August 6th observes Fresh Breath Day, Root Beer Float Day and Wiggle Your Toes Day.
This day : in history

1844 – The first UK press telegram was sent, to The Times, announcing the birth of Prince Alfred to Queen Victoria.

1880 – In a remarkable race at the Astley Stakes in Lewes, East Sussex, 5 of the 9 horses passed the winning post virtually simultaneously. The judge declared a triple dead heat for first place, with a double dead heat for fourth.

1881 – Sir Alexander Fleming, scientist, Scottish bacteriologist and discoverer of penicillin was born here – Lochfield Farm at Darvel in Ayrshire. His ‘bacteria killer’ discovery changed the world of modern medicine and has saved millions of people around the world.

1889 – The Savoy Hotel in London was opened.

1914 – World War I: The first Battle of the Atlantic took place On This Day. Two days after war had been declared war on Germany over their invasion of Belgium, ten German U-boats left their base in Helgoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North Sea.

1922 – The birth of Sir Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur, best known for founding Laker Airways in 1966. He was one of the first airline owners to adopt the ‘no-frills’ airline business model.

1934 – Chris Bonington, British mountaineer was born. His career included nineteen expeditions to the Himalayas, including four to Mount Everest and the first ascent of the south face of Annapurna, in Nepal.

1949 – The ‘acid bath murderer’ John Haigh was executed. He was convicted of the murders of six people, although he claimed to have killed a total of nine, dissolving their bodies in concentrated sulphuric acid before forging papers in order to sell their possessions and collect substantial sums of money.

1962 – Jamaica became independent, after being a British colony for 300 years.

1971 – Chay Blyth became the first to sail the world solo, non-stop, in the “wrong” direction i.e. east to west – against the prevailing winds and currents. His journey took 292 days.

1976 – The government passed the Drought Act to combat the continued UK drought.

1987 – SDP leader Dr David Owen resigned after members of his party voted to merge with the Liberals.

1990 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council ordered a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.

2009 – The funeral service took place at Wells Cathedral for Britain’s last World War I veteran Harry Patch, aged 111.

2012 – Pioneering astronomer and physicist Sir Bernard Lovell, the founder of University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory died, aged 98. The main telescope at Jodrell Bank is known as the Lovell Telescope.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 2012, Mount Tongariro in New Zealand erupted? It was the first time the volcano had erupted in 115 years.

A group of Flies is called a Business or Swarm or Cloud.

Star Wars Episodes 1-6 is basically Darth Vader’s life story.

The world record for the oldest cat ever is held by Creme Puff, who lived for 38 years. She lived from Aug 3rd, 1967 to Aug 6th, 2005.

“And the sign said ‘The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.’” #songlyrics

Johnny Rotten – Real Name: John Lydon

The serial killer “Ghost face” from the Scream film franchise was based on ‘The Scream’ painting by Edvard Munch.

Frank Zappa coined the term “Groupie”.

Raquel Welch – Real Name: Raquel Tejada

The phrase “…as American as apple pie” has only been around since the 1960s.

A group of Angels is called a Host.

10 rations = 1 decoration

Wayne Allwine, the voice actor for Mickey Mouse, and Russi Taylor, the voice actress for Minnie Mouse, got married in 1991.

80’s computers typically had 64 KB (yes, Kilobytes) of memory.

No one expected this post to be about the Spanish Inquisition.

Birthday : quotes

“You’re always going to face criticism, you’re always going to face challenges, but those things are there to make you stronger and more committed.” – David Robinson

” One sometimes finds what one is not looking for. When I woke up just after dawn on Sept. 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer. But I guess that was exactly what I did.” – Alexander Fleming

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” – Lucille Ball

“You don’t get to celebrate yourself unless you risk being mocked or rejected. As an artist, you cannot play it safe. You just can’t.” – M. Night Shyamalan