December 21st: 2022

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

2020 – The death (aged 103) of RAF ‘Spitfire woman’ Eleanor Wadsworth. She was the last surviving of about 165 women to have taken on the task of transporting aircraft to the frontlines during World War II.
Celebrity : birthdays
Samuel L Jackson, actor, 74; Chris Evert, tennis star, 68; Ray Romano, comedian/actor, 65; Kiefer Sutherland, actor, 56; Julie Delpy, actress, 53; Emmanuel Macron, French president, 45; Tom Payne, actor, 34; Kaitlyn Dever, actress, 26.

What : day is it

December 21st is Short Fiction Day, Don’t Make Your Bed Day, International Dalek Remembrance Day, National French Fried Shrimp Day, National Look on The Bright Side Day and National Short Story Day.
This day : in history

1880 – An act passed by the House of Keys on the Isle of Man granted women the vote, provided they were widows or spinsters with a property rated annually at £4 or over. The first opportunity to vote was in April, the following year. In 1901, Norwegian women were allowed to vote, but in local elections only. 

1937 – The first full-length animated feature film, Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premieres.

1962 – President Kennedy and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan agreed that the UK would buy nuclear missiles from the US to form a multilateral NATO nuclear force.

1963 – Under soil heating was used for the first time, at the Leeds Rugby League ground for their match against Dewsbury.

1963 – Sir Jack Hobbs, English cricketer, died. He is widely regarded as cricket’s greatest-ever opening batsman.

1988 – A Pan American jumbo jet bound for New York was blown out of the sky by a terrorist bomb and crashed onto the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing all 259 passengers and 11 people on the ground. It remains the deadliest aviation incident ever to take place in the United Kingdom.

1990 – In a German television interview, Saddam Hussein declared that he would not withdraw from Kuwait by the UN deadline.

2012 – ‘Gangnam Style’ by South Korean musician Psy became the first YouTube video to reach a billion views.

2012 – The youngest female drivers faced ‘significant increases in their insurance costs’ after a ban on different car insurance prices for men and women. A European court ruling the previous year found that gender discrimination in insurance was against the law.

2013 – A poll showed that 1 in 10 people aged 25 to 34 in Britain thought that Father Christmas was mentioned in the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus.

2013 – The death, aged 87, of former BBC sports broadcaster David Coleman. He first appeared on air for the BBC in 1954, covering 11 Olympic Games – from Rome in 1960 to Sydney 2000 and six football World Cups. Coleman presented some of the BBC’s leading sporting programmes, including Grandstand and Sportsnight and was the host of Question of Sport for 18 years.

2014 – A former senior military intelligence officer disclosed that a British soldier was investigated for touching a Taliban fighter on the nose with a sheet of paper during a routine interrogation as he had broken rules concerning the touching of detainees during questioning. The £31 million inquiry, chaired by Sir Thayne Forbes, a former High Court judge, listed several instances of what was judged to be ‘ill-treatment during questioning’.

2020 – The death (aged 103) of RAF ‘Spitfire woman’ Eleanor Wadsworth. She was the last surviving of about 165 women to have taken on the task of transporting aircraft to the frontlines during World War II. The women operated out of White Waltham in Berkshire and flew without instruments, flying instructions or radios.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1968, the first manned Moon voyage, Apollo 8, was launched? It was the first time a human eye ever saw an ‘Earthrise’ as the planet appeared over the Moon’s horizon.

When an app asks me to rate it whilst I’m using it – I always select “ask me later” NOT “never” because I don’t want the app to hate me.

Minnie Mouse’s full name is Minerva Mouse.

Otis Day and the Knights, famous for the song Shout were a fictional band created for the movie National Lampoon’s Animal House.

“Quidquid praecipies, esto brevis. (Whatever advice you give, be brief.)” – Horace

“Warning, this show contains scenes of graphic stupidity among four lifelong friends who compete to embarrass each other. Viewer Discretion is advised.” – The Narrator

Willie the ‘Kool cigarettes’ penguin has a wife named Millie.

In the song 12 Days if Christmas the singer is gifted 184 birds in total.

The biggest film of 1923: The Covered Wagon earned ~ $3,800,000

Pragmatism – a word invented by C.S. Pierce, in 1875.

“The #1 movie in America was called ‘Ass’ And that’s all it was for 90 minutes. It won eight Oscars that year, including best screenplay.” #Idiocracy #moviequotes

A group of Spiders is called a Cluster or Clutter.

I used to freeze and be vewwy quiet when I heard an unexpected knock on the door. Now I get excited to see what surprise the Amazon delivery man brings me.

“Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.” – Mark Twain

Birthday : quotes

“If you’re a champion, you have to have it in your heart.” – Chris Evert

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” – Frank Zappa

“All of us encounter, at least once in our life, some individual who utters words that make us think forever. There are men whose phrases are oracles; who condense in one sentence the secrets of life; who blurt out an aphorism that forms a character or illustrates an existence.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” – Joseph Stalin

“Conventional is not for me. I like things that are uniquely Flo. I like being different.” – Florence Griffith Joyner

“Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.” – Joseph Stalin

“Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.” – Joe Paterno

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