December 17th: 2022

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

2004 – The opening of ‘The Sage – Gateshead’, a concert venue and centre for musical education, located on the south bank of the River Tyne.
Celebrity : birthdays
Bill Pullman, actor, 69; Mike Mills, bassist (REM) 64; Sarah Dallin, singer (Bananarama) 60; Ginger Wildheart (David Leslie Walls), guitarist (The Wildhearts) 58; Micky Quinn, bassist (Supergrass) 53; Paula Radcliffe, athlete, 49; Sarah Paulson, actress, 48; Giovanni (Antonino) Ribisi, actor, 48; Milla Jovovich, actress/model, 47; Katheryn Winnick, actress, 45; Manny Pacquiao, boxer, 44; Dynamo (Steven Frayne) magician, 40; James Windsor, Viscount Severn, 15.

What : day is it

December 17th is Wright Brothers Day and Maple Syrup Day.
This day : in history

1936 – The birth of Tommy Steele, English singer and actor. Most of Steele’s 1950s recordings were covers of American hits, such as ‘Singing the Blues’ and ‘Knee Deep in the Blues’. 

1954 – The British Petroleum Company (BP) was formed.

1967 – Alec Rose, aboard Lively Lady, completed his solo 14,500 mile sail from Britain to Australia, having been at sea for 155 days. He returned successfully to Portsmouth on 4th July 1968 and was knighted the next day by the Queen.

1968 – An 11-year-old girl (Mary Bell) was sentenced to life in detention after being found guilty at Newcastle Assizes of the manslaughter of two small boys. It was said that she strangled the boys, aged four and three, ‘solely for the pleasure and excitement of killing’.

1976 – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates rejected Opec’s recommended 15% oil price increase and chose to impose a lower price rise of 5%.

1983 – Three police officers and three members of the public were killed and many others injured after a car bomb attack in London. Police believe the IRA planted the bomb in a side street near Harrods department store in Knightsbridge.

1986 – Mrs Davina Thompson, in an operation performed at a Cambridge hospital, became the world’s first heart, lungs and liver transplant patient .

2003 – Former school caretaker Ian Huntley was convicted of the murders of 10 year olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. The judge said that the killings did not meet the criteria for a ‘whole-life tariff’, but that the 40-year term offered ‘little or no hope’ of his release.

2004 – The opening of ‘The Sage – Gateshead’, a concert venue and centre for musical education, located on the south bank of the River Tyne.

2011 – The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton brought in children to play the seven dwarfs in its pantomime production of Snow White, apparently because dwarf actors were seen as too expensive. But in a statement, the producer said: ‘This was a response to audience discomfort with what was considered by some to be exploitative casting.’

2013 – Alex Salmond’s ‘Team Scotland’ delegation to the Ryder Cup in Chicago spent spent almost half a million pounds during their short stay, according to official figures obtained by The Telegraph.

2014 – The Rev Libby Lane, a parish priest from Crewe, was chosen to be the Church of England’s first female bishop. Her appointment brought to an end 22 years of resistance to the promotion of female priests.

2014 – Dominique Harrison-Bentzen (22) slept rough on the streets of Preston, Lancashire, to raise money for homeless man Robbie after he had offered her his last £3 for a taxi home when she lost her bank card. Dominique raised more than £21,000 to help him after she put posts on Facebook and Twitter, asking people to help raise money to give Robbie a home.

2018 – On This Day, all tolls ceased on the Severn Bridges. The first bridge crossing opened in 1966 with tolls charged in both directions. The arrangements were changed in the early 1990s and the toll was collected on the English side and only for vehicles travelling westwards from England to Wales. People have had to pay to cross the Severn Estuary, with its treacherous tides, since Roman times, be it in a car, in a train or on a ferry.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1989, The Simpsons premiered on Fox TV as a full animated series? The pilot episode was called “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.”

Shania Twain – Real Name: Eileen Regina Edwards

A Dutchman named Jan de Doot, in 1651, removed his own bladder stone with a kitchen knife. He pulled it out through an incision he made in his perineum. It was the size of an egg and weighed a quarter of a pound. He lived for years after and had the stone plated in gold.

Sammy Davis Jr was outlived by his mother (died 2000 at age 95) and his grandmother (died 1996 at age 112).

Today I solved a captcha, and as a result, the system confirmed to me that I am not a robot. I feel reassured knowing that I really am a human. Thank you, captcha people!

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

In The Sixth Sense (1999), Bruce Willis is dead and doesn’t know it. In Unbreakable (2000), Bruce Willis is the only one still alive, and he doesn’t know why.

The reason the taste of artificial banana flavoring and artificial banana flavored products doesn’t taste like bananas is because it is based on a type of banana that was wiped out by a plague in the 1950s.

The Capital of Angola is Luanda

“Sorry folks, the park’s closed. Moose out front shoulda told ya.” #moviequotes

“I just want you to know that even though you tried to terminate me, revenge is not an idea we promote on my planet.” – Buzz Lightyear #moviequotes

Birthday : quotes

“To even mention all the things the bird must constantly keep in mind in order to fly securely through the air would take a considerable part of the evening… The bird has learned this art of equilibrium and learned it so thoroughly that its skill is not apparent to our sight. We only learn to appreciate it when we try to imitate it.” – Wilbur Wright

“I’ve always been taught to play the game hard. Baseball is such a tough game, it really humbles you at times, you just have to try not to get too high or too low.” – Chase Utley

“Live music is where you get the inspiration and creativity. I just try to keep an open mind, and that’s the way a lot of good things happen.” – Paul Rodgers

“When someone asks if you’re a god, you say YES!” – Ernie Hudson

“He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Everyone!” – Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol

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