December 12th : 2021

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

2013 – Blockbuster Video announced that all remaining UK stores would have to close by 16th December.
Celebrity : birthdays
Dionne Warwick, singer, 81; Declan Clusky, singer/guitarist (The Bachelors) 79; Dickey Betts, guitarist (Allman Brothers Band) 78; Kenneth Cranham, actor, 77; Denny Dias, guitarist (Steely Dan) 75; Clive Bunker, drummer (Jethro Tull) 75; Emerson Fittipaldi, racing driver, 75; Bill Nighy, actor, 72; Sheila E (Santana), percussionist, 62; Daniel O’Donnell, singer, 60; Tracy Austin, tennis star, 59; Claudia Brücken, singer (Propaganda), 58; Kate Humble, TV presenter, 53; Mädchen Amick, actress, 51; Jennifer Connelly, actress, 51; Mayim Bialik, actress, 46; Dan Hawkins, guitarist (The Darkness) 45; Victor Moses, footballer, 31.
What : day is it
Gingerbread House Day, Guadalupe Day, National Ambrosia Day, National Ding-A-Ling Day, National Poinsettia Day.
This day : in history

1975 – The six-day Balcombe Street siege ended peacefully in London after four IRA gunmen freed their two hostages and gave themselves up to police. 

1982 – 30,000 women formed a 9 mile human chain that encircled Greenham Common air base in Berkshire, in protest against the proposed siting of US Cruise missiles there.

1988 – Britain’s worst rail crash for 20 years killed 35 and injured 113 people when a packed express train ran into the back of a stationary commuter train near Clapham Junction.

1988 – The first satellite pictures were beamed to London’s betting shops to allow them to watch the races live from many race courses.

1992 – Princess Anne remarried and became Mrs. Timothy Laurence after a small family wedding in Scotland. She was previously married to Mark Phillips (1973).

2001 – Roy Whiting was found guilty of the abduction and murder of eight year old Sarah Payne, and sentenced to life in prison. The high profile case led to ‘Sarah’s Law’, by allowing controlled access to the Sex Offenders’ Register, so that parents with young children could know if a child sex-offender was living in their area.

2003 – Mick Jagger receives his knighthood from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

2012 – Ofcom announced that Internet shopping was more popular in the UK than in any other major country, with an annual average spend of £1,083 a year, compared with the second highest (Australia) at £842.

2013 – Blockbuster, the DVD and games rental chain that went into administration in January, announced that all the remaining 91 UK stores, employing 808 people, would have to close by 16th December.

2013 – Daniel Severn, a 27 year old burglar who had 80 convictions for 32 court appearances was jailed for two years and four months. The court heard that Severn became trapped while trying to raid someone’s house and ended up with his head resting on the toilet for an hour and a half, with one foot trapped in the window that he had used to gain entry. When he had tried to call for help he dropped his phone in the bath. Severn was told “It would be funny if it were not such a serious offence.”

2013 – Doctors in Derby and Nottingham analysing the Ian Fleming novels showed that James Bond drank the equivalent of one and a half bottles of wine every day. They said that he was not the man to trust to deactivate a nuclear bomb and that his love of the bottle would have left him impotent and at death’s door. Excluding the 36 days that Bond was in prison, hospital or rehab, the spy downed 1,150 units of alcohol in 88 days, four times the recommended maximum intake for men in the UK.

2014 – A 20 year study of the Darwin Awards (named after the naturalist Charles Darwin) reviewed that the most foolish way people have died, found almost 90 per cent were ‘won’ by males.

2019 – Boris Johnson was elected as prime minister. It was the fourth poll in less than five years, after lawmakers approved his gamble to break the country’s crippling political deadlock and hold an election two weeks before Christmas.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

What did one snowman say to the other snowman? “Do you smell carrots?”

What to do: Don’t kill anyone while committing a crime, even accidentally.

The time zone used on the International Space Station is “Coordinated Universal Time” (UTC), which is equivalent to GMT.

The Capital of The Bahamas is Nassau

TV Quotes… “Norm!” (cast) on Cheers.

A group of Scorpions is called a Bed or Nest.

There are more species of beetles than species of plants, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and roundworms combined.

A 2×4 lumber has the dimensions 1.5×3.5 inches.

“You don’t have to do something every day that scares you. There’s no fun in being terrified. Do one thing every day that makes you happy.” – Jodi Ann Bickley

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.

The reason school buses are required to stop at all railroad crossings is because of a 1938 accident in South Jordan/Sandy, UT.

During the filming of “Katchoo” for The Brady Bunch, when Jan is thought to be allergic to the family dog, Tiger, was taken for a walk and killed by a driver between takes. The trainer then went through local animal shelters to find a dog that resembled Tiger enough to finish taping.

The Capital of Azerbaijan is Baku

Birthday : quotes

“From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.” – Edvard Munch

“You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it’s good for one’s self-respect to be a punching bag.” – Ed Koch

“I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot be used in heaven and in hell.” – Edvard Munch

“I don’t want to say everything happens for a reason, but every day is lined up right next to the other one for a reason. The best you can do is do each day well with kindness and as a good person.” – Mayim Bialik

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

“Without anxiety and illness, I should have been like a ship without a rudder.” – Edvard Munch

“Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.” – Frank Sinatra