August 7th: 2022

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

1993 – The public got its first glimpse inside Buckingham Palace as people were given the opportunity to tour the London home of Queen Elizabeth II.
Celebrity : birthdays
David Duchovny, actor/director, 62; Raul Malo, singer-songwriter/guitarist (The Mavericks) 57; Kristin Hersh, singer-songwriter/guitarist (Throwing Muses) 56; Paul Lambert, football manager, 53; Dominic Cork, cricketer, 51; Michael Shannon, actor, 48; Charlize Theron, actress, 47; Samantha Ronson, DJ, 45; Abbie Cornish, actress, 40; Davood Ghadami, actor, 40; Tina O’Brien, actress, 39; Helen Flanagan, actress, 32.

What : day is it

August 7th is known as Professional Speakers Day, Lighthouse Day and Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day.
This day : in history

1926 – The first British motor racing Grand Prix was staged at Brooklands; 110 laps of the track for a total distance of 287 miles. The winner was Robert Senechal in just over 4 hours, at an average speed of almost 72 miles an hour.

1958 – The Litter Act came into force in London as part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. Offenders could be fined up to £10 for dropping litter. In the first year nearly 1000 were prosecuted.

1961 – The birth of Brian Conley, English comedian, television presenter, singer and actor. At the peak of his television career, he was the highest-paid male television personality in the UK.

1972 – Ugandan leader, Idi Amin ordered 60,000 Asians, mostly British Passport Holders, to leave the country within 90 days or face the consequences. Most were expected to move to the UK.

1993 – The public got its first glimpse inside Buckingham Palace as people were given the opportunity to tour the London home of Queen Elizabeth II. Proceeds from ticket sales were earmarked to help repair fire damage at Windsor Castle.

1995 – British athlete Jonathan Edwards twice broke his own world triple jump record, becoming the first man to clear 18 metres – whilst winning the gold medal in the World Athletics Championships in Gothenburg.

2001 – The government bought and re-nationalised a private hospital for the first time. The Department of Health paid £27m for the luxury private Heart Hospital just off Harley Street in central London.

2002 – The Queen held the first ever garden party at Balmoral Castle in Scotland to end her Jubilee Year. 3000 people were invited to attend.

2011 – Rioting began in Tottenham, during which residents attacked people, set fire to shops, and looted the neighbourhood in protest against the shooting of local man Mark Duggan by police. The rioting continued for several days and spread to other major cities, as a sign of unrest. Authorities believed the riots were organized through the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. A total of 3,443 crimes across London alone were linked to the disorder and damage to property was estimated at £200 million.

2012 – Fifty year old Jessica Harper, former head of fraud and security at Lloyds Bank admitted carrying out a £2.4m fraud over a period of 4 years.

2016 – British swimmer Adam Peaty records a world record 57.13 to win the gold medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke at the Rio Olympics.

2018 – China bans release of Winnie the Pooh movie “Christopher Robin”, after character used to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1606, the first known performance of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” was performed? The play was performed for King James I and took place in Hampton Court in Sussex, UK.

“When someone is attacking you, they are coming to you for advice.” – Bryant McGill

If I had a twin that was five minutes younger than me, I would constantly remind them about the things I did when I was their age.

Think of one of your friends. Chances are, that person is on their phone right now.

People in 2100 are going to look back at us like we look back at the people who we look at in the early 1900s.

The first episode for Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner was called ‘Fast and Furry-ous’.

“a password that includes the current year becomes stronger as each year passes” – #modernproverb

James Madison was on the $5,000 bill.

Cheeto dust has an official name – “cheetle”.

The US Navy diving manual has detailed instructions for escaping a giant clam.

The seven spikes on Lady Liberty’s crown represent the seven continents.

Gatorade was named after the University of Florida’s college football team – the Gators.

Birthday : quotes

“You can make sounds and music out of pretty much anything with a little imagination and putting your mind to it!” – Stan Freberg

” I’m a big advocate of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought.” – Jimmy Wales

” I am a woman who enjoys herself very much; sometimes I lose, sometimes I win.” – Mata Hari

” Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese.” – Billie Burke

” You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories.” – Garrison Keillor

“Whatever road you’ve been given, enjoy that road.” – Wayne Knight

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