December 20th: 2022

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

1928 – Harry Ramsden started his fish and chip restaurant in a hut at White Cross – Guiseley, near Bradford in West Yorkshire. It soon became the most famous fish and chip restaurant in the world.
Celebrity : birthdays
Uri Geller, psychic/illusionist, 76; Alan Parsons, musician/producer/studio engineer, 74; Jenny Agutter OBE, actress, 70; Billy (Stephen) Bragg, singer-songwriter, 65; Chris Robinson, singer (The Black Crowes), 56;Joe Cornish, comedian/director, 54; Todd Phillips, director/screenwriter, 52; Chris Edwards, bassist (Kasabian) 42; Ashley Cole, footballer, 42; Jonah Hill (Feldstein), actor, 39; Kylian Mbappe, footballer, 24.

What : day is it

December 20th is Go Caroling Day, International Human Solidarity Day, National Sangria Day and Sacagawea Day.
This day : in history

1920 – An English born comedian named Leslie Townes, who later changed his name to Bob Hope, became an American citizen on this day. He had lived in the United States since 1908 and became one of America’s true ambassadors for show business and charity.

1926 – The birth of Sir Geoffrey Howe, British politician. He was Margaret Thatcher’s longest-serving Cabinet minister, successively holding the posts of Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Secretary, and finally Leader of the House of Commons and Deputy Prime Minister. His resignation on 1st November 1990 was widely considered to have precipitated Thatcher’s own downfall three weeks later.

1928 – Harry Ramsden started his fish and chip restaurant in a hut at White Cross – Guiseley, near Bradford in West Yorkshire. It soon became the most famous fish and chip restaurant in the world. In 2012 the restaurant was acquired by the fish and chip chain ‘Wetherby Whaler’ and they gave this name to the new restaurant.

1928 – The England cricket team scored a record 636 against Australia in Sydney, including 251 scored by Walter Hammond. England won the Test match by eight wickets.

1955 – Cardiff was officially recognized as the capital of Wales. Cardiff is the most important administrative, shopping, and cultural centre in the country, as well as the headquarters for many national organizations and government departments.

1969 – Rolf Harris had the Christmas No.1 of 1969 and the last No.1 of the 1960s with ‘Two Little Boys’. The song stayed at No.1 for six weeks. On 4th July 2014 84 year old Harris was jailed for 5 years 9 months for 12 indecent assaults against four girls – including one aged ‘just seven or eight’. He was also stripped of his CBE and his OA (Order of Australia).

1979 – The introduction of Britain’s Housing Bill – forcing local councils to sell their houses to any tenants who wished to buy them.

1984 – The Summit tunnel fire; the largest underground fire in history, as a freight train carrying over 1 million litres of petrol derailed near the town of Todmorden, in West Yorkshire.

1988 – Animal rights terrorists fire bombed Harrod’s department store in London.

1990 – The Maerdy Colliery, employing 320 men, closed. It was the last remaining coal mine in the Rhondda Valley, an area which once produced 9 million tonnes a year, and where more than 50,000 miners had worked in 54 pits.

1995 – The Queen urged Prince Charles and Princess Diana to seek ‘an early divorce’.

2004 – A gang of thieves stole £26.5 million worth of currency from the Donegall Square West headquarters of the Northern Bank in Belfast, Northern Ireland, one of the largest bank robberies in UK history.

2007 – The Queen becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria. On the same day, the painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Pablo Picasso is stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art.

2012 – Mayan prophecies predicted that the world would end on Saturday morning 22nd December 2012.

2017 – Lady Gaga signed a Las Vegas residency deal for $75 million at MGM Park Theatre.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1996, the classic horror film “Scream” was released? It was credited with revitalizing the horror genre, which, at that point, was considered almost dead.

Instead of dividing the backing vocals (low, medium, and high), Freddie Mercury, Brian May, and Roger Taylor, of the band Queen, would record each background part together in unison, twice. 2×3 part harmony.

The Capital of Algeria is Algiers

TV Quotes… “De plane! De plane!” (Tattoo) on Fantasy Island.

It all comes down to one guy to save the world. #moviecliches

“I know you don’t approve, but it’s like a shot of gin. It makes your blood race, your face numb and your spirits soar.” – Charlie Allnut #moviequotes

ROTHBARD’S LAW: everyone specializes in his own area of weakness.

The Scary Statistic: Snake, Bee or other Venomous Bite or Sting odds: 1-in-100,000

1982’s original Tron movie didn’t win any special effects awards because the Motion Picture Academy thought they “cheated” by using computer graphics.

What to do: Body armor works, also: venomous creatures don’t like the cold either.

The biggest film of 1921: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse earned ~ $9,200,000

If rap stands for rhythm and poetry, if Apollo is the god of music and poetry, and if music is defined as instrumental, vocal, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony, then Apollo is the true rap god.

The Capital of Albania is Tirana

Birthday : quotes

“It’s always better to shock people and change people’s expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can do.” – Jonah Hill

“A virtue never tested is no virtue at all.” – Billy Bragg

“The environment doesn’t change that radically. You are still going to go home at night and NBC is going to be there, ABC and CBS will still be there.” – Dick Wolf

“I have lived in the canyon for 20 years and the sound of a pack of coyotes yipping still makes my hairs stand on end.” -Jackie Fox

“The call is never being recorded for quality purposes. It’s being recorded for their legal protection.”
– Jackie Fox

“The revolution is just a T-shirt away.” – Billy Bragg

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