December 27th / 2022

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

1977 – Thousands of people flocked to UK cinemas to watch the long-awaited blockbuster, Star Wars.
Celebrity : birthdays
Janet Street-Porter, TV personality, 76; Gérard Depardieu, actor, 74; Terry Bozzio, drummer (Frank Zappa/UK), 72; Youth (Martin Glover) record producer/bassist (Killing Joke) 62; Maryam D’Abo, actress, 62; Duncan Ferguson, former footballer/Everton assistant coach, 51; Emilie de Ravin, actress, 41; David Dunn, footballer, 41; Lily Cole, model/actress, 35; Hayley Williams, singer-songwriter (Paramore) 34; Timothée Chalamet, actor, 27.

What : day is it

December 27th is Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day, National Fruitcake Day, Visit The Zoo Day.
This day : in history

1904 – The first performance in London of James Barrie’s most famous work, Peter Pan. A Broadway production was mounted in 1905 and the play has since seen adaptation as a pantomime, a stage musical, a television special, and several films, including a 1924 silent film, a 1953 animated Disney full-length feature, and a 2003 live action production with state of the art special effects.

1918 – A British sovereign welcomed an American President to Britain for the first time when King George V and Queen Mary met President and Mrs. Wilson at Charing Cross Railway Station and then escorted them to Buckingham Palace. A state banquet was held at the palace and President Wilson visited Carlisle, his mother’s home.

1945 – The World Bank and International Monetary Fund were created with the signing of an agreement by 29 nations.

1965 – Thirteen people were killed when Britain’s first North Sea drilling rig (Sea Gem) capsized.

1966 – Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton wins the Ballon d’Or.

1975 – The Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts came into effect in Britain.

1977 – Thousands of people flocked to UK cinemas to watch the long-awaited blockbuster, Star Wars.

1978 – The Amundsen – Scott South Pole Station recorded a temperature of −13.6 °C (7.5 °F), making it the highest temperature ever recorded at the South Pole.

1984 – Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was voted Woman of the Year, on Radio 4’s Today programme. According to a Gallup Poll she was the woman most admired by the American people; the third consecutive year that the ‘Iron Lady’ had received that honour.

1997 – Windsor Castle was reopened to the public following restoration work. 100 rooms of the palace were damaged in a fire in 1992.

1997 – A leading protestant paramilitary, Billy Wright, was shot dead at the maximum security Maze prison in Northern Ireland. Wright was the leader of a dissident paramilitary group, the Loyalist Volunteer Force, one of several Protestant militias that wanted Northern Ireland to remain in British hands.

2003 – The death of actor Alan Bates. He appeared in almost 70 films including the children’s story Whistle Down the Wind, the drama A Kind of Loving, Far From the Madding Crowd, Women In Love, Spartacus and The Fixer, which gave him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

2008 – With his Hull City side 4-0 down at half-time away to Manchester City, manager Phil Brown refuses to allow his team to leave the pitch, carrying out the team talk in front of the of the 5,500 travelling fans.

2012 – The death, at the age of 83, of Gerry Anderson, the creator of hit TV shows including Thunderbirds, Stingray and Joe 90. His other creations included UFO, Space: 1999, Supercar and Fireball XL5.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know, the Amazon rainforest produces half the world’s oxygen supply. 

“Oh, no, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.” – Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) in King Kong, 1933

Boy George – Real Name: George O’Dowd

Watching the Big Bang would have been like seeing a clown car for the first time. “There’s NO WAY anything else is coming out of there!” #nerdhumor

The official nut of Alabama is the pecan.

The Hatfield-McCoy Feud was settled by the doctrine that possession is nine-tenths of the law, giving possession of the pig that the McCoys claimed was their property.

Notice the big letter on the face of the dollar bill? Each letter represents which Federal Reserve Bank printed it! “K” is for Dallas

Charles Darwin collected a Galápagos tortoise during his 1835 visit to the Galápagos Islands as part of his round-the-world survey expedition. It lived 175 years and died of heart failure at the Australia Zoo in 2006.

A group of Jellyfish is called a Smack or Brood.

The Noid, Domino’s 80’s Pizza mascot, was retired after a paranoid schizophrenic named Kenneth Lamar Noid entered a Domino’s Pizza in Atlanta and held two employees hostage at gunpoint. He believed the commercials were making fun of him.

Birthday : quotes

“I am on the edge of mysteries and the veil is getting thinner and thinner.” – Louis Pasteur

“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight; always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?” – J.M. Barrie

“I am utterly convinced that Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will eventually unite not to destroy but to edify, and that the future will belong to those who have done the most for the sake of suffering humanity.” – Louis Pasteur

“There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich.” – Marlene Dietrich

“What motivates me is seeing people in the crowd and wondering what they’re going home to and what they’re dealing with, and knowing that for the time being, we’re their escape.” – Hayley Williams

“It was an ongoing struggle to say no, I don’t want to be a part of the perpetuation of this stereotype.” – John Amos

“Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs.” – Marlene Dietrich

“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.” – Hayley Williams

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